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Towards a United Humanity: A Literary Retrospection (Part I) ~ Paul Liam

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I have always been a proud African, one who has been chiefly influenced by the unpleasant history of colonial exploration and exploitation of the continent by the West. My pride stemmed from the awareness that my existence was connected to a reality I held responsible for my subjected humanity. Yes, living with the knowing that my race was considered inferior and my skin colour equated with negative and demeaning metaphors, fostered in me the feelings of disdain towards Europe and the West in general. Thus, I found solace in my dislike of the West. Being a proud African afforded me the opportunity to picture myself within an utopia wherein, I could will myself to view my reality outside colonial conscriptions. I could live in my moments of illusion, albeit temporarily believing that my life has no interconnectedness with the West. I tried to convince myself that my humanity wasn't part of the race so inhumanly debased by foreignnarratives, I convinced myself into believing that my…

Travelogue ~ When Ibadan Madness jammed Zaria Madness ~ Hajara Wodu

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Leaving home for school, and the other way round, was always dreadful when it meant having to sit for hours on end in ridiculously tiny Hiace buses that mostly plied the saddening South-West federal roads that connected the lip-sealing deadly ones up North.
If you were travelling from Lagos to Zaria, you had to spend an entire day on those roads, sandwiched between other passengers, most times, the space meant for the movement of your feet, compromised by loads, so that your knees were practically up in the air, as though they were yearning for a catch-up with your chest.
If you didn't control them- because buses like that never had enough space between a row of seats and another- the passenger in the seat in front of you had a bone to pick with you, half as much as you had one to pick with the one behind you.
It was always a long-ass journey with a heavy dose of non-stop grumbling and fight for comfort. No one ever won, we only got "gifts", like the killing headache I ca…

I write about the things that keep me up at night ~ Maryam Awaisu

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Maryam Awaisu just got two books published by Amab Books; The Thing About Compromise, a novel, and Ms.Joana's Rules, a children fiction. Here are 10 answers the writer gave to questions about the books and her self. Enjoy.

Thematically, your novels tend to be plotted around cultural specifics; you pick a critical issue then weave stories around it. InBurning Bright,we have ‘a story of a family struggling…in the face of severe emotional challenges…’ through sickle cell anemia challenges. Now inThe Thing About Compromise, we have a societal story weaved around another significant aspect of life. Why do you prefer this pattern or approach?
I write about the things that keep me up at night, and usually these are societal issues I feel too small to impact. Writing is what I do best, so I create stories that would lead to some positive change, hopefully.
Your new novel comes with the major character dissipating palpable emotions as she navigates through oceans of challenges. Is it just fic…

The Praxis Hangout goes to Kano

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The Praxis hangout, a physical event where creative people get together to discuss topical issues and find actionable solutions to problems will berth in Kano on Saturday, the 20th of July, 2019.
Organized by Praxis Magazine Online, in collaboration with Box Office Studios and Poetry for Change, the event which would mark the first Praxis hangout in Kano, will hold at the American Space, Murtala Muhammad Library.
Since October 2018, the theme of Praxis hangouts has been on Mental Health. So far, five editions have held in Durban, South Africa, Abuja and Kaduna where survivors and experts of mental illnesses were brought together to discuss and demystify mental illness.

The Kano hangout will have Dr. Mustapha Ibrahim Gudaji, an Honorary Consultant Special Grade 1 as guest speaker. He is also a Senior Lecturer, and Former head of Psychiatry, Head of Unit Drug Abuse treatment, Education and Research Examiner, National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria.
Coordinated by Prof. Ismael Ba…

Call for entries ~ Sarraounia Prize for Young Adult Fiction

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The quest to contribute to the availability of reading material for young African adults, promote literature, and broaden the intellectual horizon of African youth birthed the Sarraounia Prize for Young Adult Fiction.
The Centre for Arts and Culture of Abdou Moumouni University in Niger and Amalion Publishing house in Senegal jointly call for entries for the 2020 edition of the Sarraounia Prize.
Every two years, the Sarraounia Prize is awarded to the best unpublished fiction for young adults written in English, French or Hausa by African authors and illustrators based in Africa.
For the 2020 edition, the winner will receive a prize of 1,000 euros, and the winning entry will be published and disseminated by Amalion and its partners from May 2020.
The Sarraounia Prize will explore all traditional and digital media technologies to disseminate its activities and will endeavour to promote the writer and their work in various forums, in order to bring their work to the attention of book indus…

This Man Doesn't Remember Me ~ Hajara Wodu

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In the year 2003, I- a freshman DE student, who had no idea anything else could be tougher than the A-Levels hell hole I had just emerged from, totally brainscathed- met a man. If you were a DE student, you had to juggle between five courses with your own classmates, and six, with 100 level students. No one gave a fuck if one or two of your lectures from both classes clashed. You had to roll with the punches. Really, you had no choice even as you slumbered and woke up with a start, trying to stay afloat, and constantly adjusting the Confusionist label that always announced your physical appearance. You didn't, not when you were offered admission when half the semester had already gone and the school was on mid-semester break. My first time trying to locate my class, I barged into the office that housed the many, old security officers of the entire Kongo Campus, "Your class...er...is the security office. Go there" was what I had been told. There are levels to confusion, you …

The Arts-Muse Fair gets new Editor, Contributors

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We are pleased to welcome the trio of Nana Sule, Paul Liam, and Hajara Wodu into The Arts-Muse Fair family. They are bringing into the team their beautiful creativity, awesome versatility and amazing energy that have consistently marked out their individual writings which span the genres of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.
Nana Sulejoins The Arts-Muse Fair as Associate Editor. She will work directly with the Founding Editor to curate engaging Africa-themed literature and arts contents which the site is famed for. 
Nana Sule holds a B.Tech in Estate Management and Valuation, and is the Author of A New Name. She is the Co-Founder, Young People for African Development- YPAD and a 2018 Ebedi Fellow. She is also a member of Regional Centre for Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development- RCE Minna.
She has published a number of short stories on literary blogs, and has organised/moderated many readings, literary  and environmental events and competitions. She ran the Amab Book …