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TJ Benson is a chronicler of speculative universes, and yet, his writing pulsates with the urgency of a present moment. His promise as a writer is immense. His stories are written in prose rinsed in empathy, and with an ambition that makes me shudder in expectation for his future work. — Emmanuel Iduma, author of Farad and A Stranger's Pose, and editor of Saraba Magazine. An abusive father is forced out of safety to find his runaway son in a world where males are going extinct and female monarchs have...

I am that story he wanted to publish. Each Sentence simmered in bowls of wrath. The letters were fiery, their message scalding. I was eager to be read, thirsty for attention. But as with every fateful story. I was rejected and put away because of my honesty, because I spoke the truth It does not matter how much exploration I do, books are still part of my core. Have you been following my Parresia book reviews? I have reviewed Hang No Clothes Here by Bolaji Olatunde and From the Crevices of Corps...

Bernardine Evaristo is moved by the drama of a young Nigerian woman's life [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="690"] Chika Unigwe: superb portrayals of complex female characters. Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian[/caption] It is the 1970s and a young, university-educated woman called Ezi tries for years to conceive a child with her husband. In her traditional Nigerian Igbo culture, it is the wife's duty to produce children, most importantly a son. When she fails, Ezi's mother-in-law turns against her. Her husband still loves her but is desperate for a male heir....

 Author Q&A Session 1. Please introduce yourself and tell us what it is that you do? My name’s Esther Abisola Biya. I’m widely known by Bisola. I’m the second and last child of two children. I work as a consultant and I currently live in Lagos. I took up writing in 2016 and published my debut book in 2018. I would say I’m a versatile personality, ambitious, fun loving, always up for interesting experiences, a bit mysterious and full of surprises. 2. What inspired you to pen this book? And...

Interview | How I Left Farafina To Start Parresia Pubishers – Azafi Omoluabi-Ogosi In the beginning, we brought you the #SyncityNGLiteraryLordsandLadies a twitterview dedicated to showcasing the finest literary creatives in our community. Previous guests on the show include Efe Paul Azino, Hadiza El-Rufai, Pa Ikhide, Yejide Kilanko, Romeo Oriogun and others. Now, we introduce to you the #SyncityNGPublisherseries where we will be bringing you interviews with the finest publishers in our society. Our first guest on the #SyncityNGPublisherseries is the CEO of Parresia, a publishing company established to publish and promote books of first time Nigerian and African authors. Before...

"There is the saying "An honest adversary is always better than a friend who lies." Paying more attention to people's actions rather than what they say would show you the truth. Do not allow anyone to deceive you more than once. The first time is understandable. The second time, not so much. Believing in the "an eye for an eye" ideology would not be to your own advantage so it is not worth it. When you entertain hate, you dig two graves—one for yourself and the other for your object...

"Tolerating abuse of any sort is a sin to yourself and the stark opposite of self-love. No one has the right to do this to anyone, Human beings are complex and sometimes abuse might be pardoned for different interesting reasons. I heard the story of a lady who stayed in an abusive relationship even after many life-threatening episodes because she always remembered the good times and was stuck on how perfect he was when he wasn't being abusive. She didn't live to complete the story. Being in both physical and emotional...

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do for a living. Amara is a lawyer, artist and designer, but mostly a writer these days. By day I work as a communications/media specialist and sometimes a lawyer and editor, and by night I work at my desk, writing my novel. When I’m not writing or doing any artsy stuff, I spend time reading, answering questions on Quora, watching French, German and Spanish movies with subtitles (a clever way to learn new languages), and restaurant-hunting with my friends....

Jude Idada, a Playwright and Director of the psycho-thriller biopic play SANKARA being interviewed by Rochelle Ferguson on the Focus on Africa show on France24, which gave him a chance to shine more the light on the great African patriot and revolutionary hero. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2pvYKxoKLQ&feature=youtu.be[/embed]...

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