2015-2022 Fiction: 'Land of Light' : 'Imagine Africa 500' speculative fiction anthology (2015/2016) (Speculative Fiction). 8,000 words. Read more... (Malawi) 'Veiled ': 2016 'Beneath This Skin' Edition of Aké Review (2016) (Fiction). 1,450 words. Read here... (Nigeria) 'Water' : 'The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Vol.2' anthology (2017) (Fiction). 3,100 words. Available on Amazon (South Africa) 'Sub Migratio' : the debut edition of Enkare Review (2017) (Speculative Fiction). 3,500 words. Read here... (Kenya) 'Inktober' : 2018 edition of 'The Bloody Parchment' (2018) (SF/Horror). 1,250 words. Available on Amazon . (South Africa) 'The Girl with Two Bodies' : The Kalahari Review (Nov 2018) (Fantasy). 7,050 words. Read here... (South Africa) 'Journal of a DNA Pirate' : Volume 3 of 'AfroSF' (Dec 2018) (SF). 8,150 words. Available on Amazon etc. '
As the 2022 James Currey Fellow at the University of Oxford, I was given the privilege of editing an anthology of short stories and essays, to be launched in paperback only on September 3rd at the The James Currey Literary Festival. ❤️📖🔥 BACK COVER: In the spirit of James Currey, with his work bringing African writers and their stories to the world, the James Currey Anthology showcases a broad range of literary work, with contributors hailing from Botswana to Nigeria, Ghana to South Africa – writing from the Continent or in the diaspora. These writers transport us into their world today, or in the past, some feeling the effects of love clashing with prejudice; or the devastating portrayal of a lived experience witnessing the terror of tribalism. While historical fiction, used well, gives us perspectives which have long been side-lined in favour of a certain, one-sided narrative. Reflections on parenting and ageing; the intensity and torment of relationships, and toxic environments; t
The African Writers Series and its contemporary value in the context of 21st Century African fiction. ( published in the 2022 University of Oxford, African Studies Centre Newsletter ) I wish to thank Onyeka Nwelue, James Currey and Professor Miles Larmer (and the African Studies Centre) for their support and in facilitating my activities as the James Currey Society Fellow to the University of Oxford in 2022. After running the 4-week James Currey Society Writing & Publishing Workshop at the African Studies Centre, my time culminated in a lecture event on 14 February 2022 . Opened by Onyeka Nwelue, and leading a Q&A with James Currey on his life and legacy with the African Writers Series, Professor Larmer then introduced me for my lecture to members of the audience – both in the lecture theatre as well as virtually online. Questions had already been raised by those in attendance relating to publishing, genres and themes within African literature and the AWS. I hoped to shine som
NEW MEDIA. OLD BIASES: THE AFRICA WE DON'T SEE 23 June 2022. We kicked off our discussion with JJ Omojuwa at the African Studies Centre (University of Oxford), with a quote from JJ's book's dedication: To the struggling African, things will not become easier; you must learn to be better, everyday. Soon, you will thrive, prosper and conquer. Remember to take others along when you do. JJ Omojuwa With around 15 of us, Onyeka Nwelue made introductions and we asked those attending to introduce themselves and their backgrounds. I then introduced JJ Omojuwa in relation to my own media background: When I came to the internet in the mid-nineties, it was very much the wild west. Everybody was putting anything they wanted to onto the internet, saying what they wanted to, so there was a time when there was absolute freedom of information flowing. And then, we come into the 2000s and governments start getting involved, they are seeing the potential and so we were having this battle bet
Sauúti is taken from the word “Sauti” which means “voice” in Swahili. This world is a five-planet system orbiting a binary star. This world is rooted deeply in a variety of African mythology, language, and culture. Sauúti weaves in an intricate magic system based on sound, oral traditions and music. It includes science-fiction elements of artificial intelligence and space flight, including both humanoid and non-humanoid creatures. Sauúti is filled with wonder, mystery and magic. I am excited to finally be able to tell everyone about this project and so privileged to be part of this collective – the Sauútiverse. Spearheaded by Wole Talabi, Fabrice J. Guerrier (Syllble) and Dr. Ainehi Edoro (Brittle Paper) "...it’s been really incredible to witness these African writers from different walks of life come together to use their imaginations to change the world." – Fabrice Guerrier 10 authors from five African nations: Akintoba Kalejaye Eugen Bacon Stephen Embleton Dare Segun
The FT Oxford Literary Festival 3 April 2022: Professor Akachi Adimora-Ezeigb (centre) Professor Leslye Obiora (right) In the auspicious setting of the Divinity School, Bodleian Library, at the University of Oxford, I had the pleasure of chairing an emotional and informative session on the Biafran War, gender equity and social/cultural issues. Along with Professor Leslye Obiora (current Professor of Law at the University of Arizona) our conversation centred around Professor Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo’s sweeping novel “A Million Bullets & A Rose”. Difficult to sum up here: Professor Akachi’s experiences as a girl during the Biafran War (how writing her novel nearly 40 years later helped her deal with the trauma), and bringing in the lived experiences of her family and friends (devastatingly captured in her writing); the impact of the African Writers Series, and having role models for young women to be inspired. Professor Leslye’s childhood and direct inspiration from her close re
This is something I'm really proud of. The writing of it was truly a fantastical journey and came to be with the support of my family and the real experts in the fields of southern African cosmologies and linguistics. Published in paperback by Abibiman Publishing and their African Futures Series , and brought into the world by the determination and passion of Onyeka Nwelue. This is the manuscript which gave me the opportunity to be the James Currey Society Fellow at the University of Oxford in 2022. This is Book 1: the adventure will continue... Map of Abaphansi First Edition Cover (and inside flaps) "Bungapheliyo uMhlaba Amazulu" (The Eternal World is the Heavens) "Highly original and compelling. Embleton's strange world is immersive and intriguing. This is a novel of adventure and ideas.” – T.L. Huchu, author of 'The Library of the Dead’ “Embleton’s portrayal overflows with imagination, filling it to the brim with all manner of beings and deities from Zu