Writing (2017 - 2023)



Personal Essays 


2023                        The Fire in My Memory,  Isele Magazine

“In another dream, a fire began on one end of our city and blazed through it. I heard about the fire while I was in school so I started running with my friends. We ran for our lives for what felt like a lifetime and we could still not outrun the fire.”

2023                        Does Your God Sleep?, Za! publication (Juju Issue)


2022                       Whom Did He Love?,  The Brooklyn Rail 

In this short essay,  I looked for my grandfathers in the tender face of a young man photographed in 1911 by N. W. Thomas, the official anthropologist of the British Colonial Office. I use an experimental memoir approach to discuss the socio-political context and consequences of the photo.  Listen to me and other November issue critics talk about our contributions here.

2019                        In the Hands of God, We Rendezvous, Saraba Mag      
2018                        Me, My Body and I, Popula




Fiction

2022                        Why Had They Never Left?, Michigan Quarterly Review mixtape 

2018                        Joseph Graba, Arts and Africa



Poetry & Misc
2022                        Feature, Tender Photo Journal

2019                        Sasha Fierce asks ‘Why Don’t You Love Me?’, Lunch Ticket





Peer-reviewed Journal Articles





Interviews


Wana Udobang’s Gospel of FreedomThe Republic (2023)

an interview profile of Wana Udobang, one of the poets who revitalized the Nigerian poetry landscape in the last decade. I spoke to Udobang about emotional abandonment, the body as subject and object, the power of re-imagining personal and collective histories, the Nigerian creative/cultural industry, her role in shifting the culture towards greater levels of vulnerability and accountability, and more.



 🫧 Other essays


Revisit: New Culture Studios in Ibadan by Demas Nwoko, The Architectural Review (2024)

on how Demas Nwoko built his New Culture Studios and how the  ever‑evolving arts and culture centre offers lessons in local and sustainable ways of building.


Face the Music, Wuruwuru/ Wax Poetics (2023)

on how 1970s Nigerian album covers reflected reconstruction of personal and collective identities in this tumultuous decade of Nigeria’s history.  


In the Dark in Nigeria, Popula (2023) 
on what poor electricity does to our minds.


Can Green Hydrogen tackle Nigeria’s persistent energy poverty?, Unbias the News  (2023)

Following a recent green hydrogen partnership between Germany and Nigeria, we need to interrogate three issues: energy poverty and development in Nigeria, green hydrogen as a climate-friendly option in Nigeria’s infrastructural development, and the terms of the Germany-Nigeria partnership.


      Time and the 1947 Abeokuta Women’s Revolt, History Workshop (2022)

“The AWU showed they were not interested either in the resurrection of old political titles, nor were they under the illusion that the Africanisation of the government would be the victory to end all struggles. From lived experience, women saw that the journey from living under colonial European leaders to indigenous African leaders was one of continual resistance against oppression, rather than a rupture.  These women were not banking on independence as their source of redemption...”

Precious Okoyomon’s Politics of Ecological Revolution, Inkstick (2022)

In inviting us to consider our politics of relation and interconnectivity, Okoyomon calls us to recognize not just our place in the family of things, but also our responsibility of care in it, especially in the face of our global ecological crisis.


Will Africapitalism Save Africa?, Le Temps (2022)


Our current economic system needs to go beyond the Africanisation of an exploitative system. It needs to foreground collective responsibility instead, be vigilant about closing the inequality gap and commit to the welfare of all workers, consumers and the environment.
(This op-ed was featured as part of a debate series, alongside Tony Elumelu, Khadija Sarife (South African investigative reporter) and Ricardo Soares de Oliveira (Professor of Politics and IR, Oxford).


Listen to me talk more about Africapitalism on the Nigerian Scam podcast, following my essay in The Republic.




Full writing portfolio here.



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