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
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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
War & Love Stephen Embleton — 27 February 2022 You bring us war, We bring you love. You bring a weapon, We bring a dove. You drag your rage, your hate, through mud. We bring our hearts, our souls, our blood. You drop your bombs, We show you grace. You bear arms, We hold, embrace. You capture, conquer and control. To fly your flag, your only goal. You play aggressor. We unite as defender. You tear it down. We build it up. Your cycle loops on a hamster wheel. We won’t repeat, we’ve seen the reel. Know your history. War is no mystery. Yet you choose the dark. You choose to fight. We live for peace. We choose the light. We release. We free. One word we sing. From atop the mountain, we let “FREEDOM” ring.
My short story, Sub Migratio , was published in April 2017 in the f irst edition of Enkare Review , the Nairobi-based literary magazine (now closed). I've posted the story here for everyone to read and enjoy. "a futuristic tale that is bleak in every sense of the word, written by Stephen Embleton" Also read the Twitter chat/interview with the Enkare Editorial Team here . Cover Image ‘Mutua in the City‘ (c) 2017 Imeldah Natasha Kondo – a self-taught photographer based in Nairobi, Kenya. Find more of her work on Behance Enkare Review Issue I In this Issue: Editorial; An Introduction to Issue I Fiction Sub Migratio by Stephen Embleton Death of the Guava Farm by Wanjala Njalale Yellow and a Funeral by Wairimũ Mũrĩithi Itunu by Eboka Chukwudi Peter Who Will Tell This Story by Amatesiro Dore The Twenty Pa’cent Offer by Frances Ogamba Poetry Into the Sun & Other Poems by Michelle Angwenyi Gay Boy Blues & Other Poems by Romeo Oriogun Hājar in the House of Rust & Othe
“There is magic in African literature…” – Stephen Embleton. This past month at Oxford has been an extraordinary experience culminating (but not ending) last night with the event I was able to participate in. The first part having Onyeka Nwelue open the event and then interview James Currey. Followed by Professor Miles Larmer introducing me for my lecture. “There is magic in African literature.” An odd experience knowing there were many watching remotely and sending through questions for the Q&A afterwards. ❤️📖📚🎤 The Event: The African Writers Series and the Future of African Writing Monday 14 February, 5:00pm Investcorp Lecture Theatre, St Antony's College and online
Oxford Guest Lecture: Monday 14 February, 5:00pm I will be participating in this event, speaking on the legacy of the original African Writers Series and its ongoing impact on African literature – in all its genres. The African Writers Series and the Future of African Writing https://www.africanstudies.ox.ac.uk/event/the-african-writers-series-and-the-future-of-african-writing Monday 14 February, 5:00pm Investcorp Lecture Theatre, St Antony's College and online Top: James Currey and Onyeka Nwelue Bottom: Stephen Embleton The Heinemann African Writers Series (AWS), which published 359 books between 1962 and 2003, published most of the works today recognised as the classics of African literature – novels, non-fiction, poems and short stories by (among many others) Chinua Achebe, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Wole Soyinka and Sembène Ousmane. This event celebrates the achievements of the AWS and its most important editor, James Currey, who went on to found James Currey, a leading Oxfor
My latest short story, "Of Robots & War" , published in The Shallow Tales Review "Paranature" #37 January 2022. Of Robots & War: A family in rural South Africa, during the Second World War, is faced with the emotional hardship of their father’s return from a prisoner-of-war camp. Synopsis: Mary Charman reflects on her family’s life, on their rural farm in South Africa, during the Second World War. It is shortly after their father has returned as an escaped prisoner of war in 1942 and her mother and three brothers have little understanding of what this man has survived. While Mary keenly watches the altered dynamics of the family around her, her older brother, Connell, in particular, will do whatever he can to get his father “back”. Read "Of Robots & War" here.