FORTUNATE TRAVELLER
The traveller has to knock at every alien door to come to his own, and one has to wander through all the outer worlds to reach the innermost shrine at the end. — Rabindranath Tagore, Gitanjali, XII.
Essay & Review

Finding Solace: A Review of Amara Nicole Okolo’s Daughters of Salt by Zion Osemwengie

Title: Daughters of Salt Author: Amara Nicole Okolo Publisher: Invisible Borders Trans-African Project Number of pages: 36 Year of publication: 2017 Category: Travel/Nonfiction The complexities of everyday people connected together in the same country called Nigeria, and a blend of personal loss, the quest to find one’s true self informs Amara Nicole Okolo’s Daughters of Salt. The chapbook presents a clear semblance of people’s experiences and shows that no matter how remotely…

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Religious Pluralism: A Review of Kemi Falodun’s A Life in Transit by Nureni Ibrahim

Title: A Life in Transit Author: Kemi Falodun Publisher: Invisible Borders Trans-African Project Number of pages: 27 Year of publication: 2017 Category: Travel/Nonfiction A Life in Transit by Kemi Falodun is a chapbook of travel essay resulting from the 34-day journey she embarked on across Nigeria in 2016 under the aegis of Invisible Borders ─ an initiative aimed at ‘patching of numerous gaps and misconceptions posed by frontiers within the 54 countries…

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Non-fiction

To Ososo Mountains II: The Music Box by Ruona Idjenughwa

I. ‘Fire-dancing’ (How do you make free spirit out of taut soul?) The music box stood on the table mat, dispelling polyphonic beats that hung heavy about the room, giving it a drowsy air. Yet, something buried deep in the rattling of the sékéré that dominated even the droning of the solo singer and the combination of percussion instruments that made the song, willed you to sail your body into…

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Non-fiction

To Ososo Mountains I: The Mountains Too Have Eyes by Ejiro Edward

Not all those who wander are lost.  – J R R Tolkien. The wind whistled into my ears, together with the music box playing Wizkid’s ‘Joro’, a song that was meant to keep alive our vibe and excitement. But everyone seemed to either be sleeping with their head inclined on the headrest in front of them or hopelessly drooling on the neck of their co-passenger. My eyes caught that of…

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Made in Communist China: A Review of Solomon Elusoji’s Travelling with Big Brother by Femi Morgan

Title: Travelling with Big Brother: A Reporter’s Junket in China Author: Solomon Elusoji Publisher: Question Marker Number of pages: 158 Year of publication: 2019 Category: Travel/Nonfiction A lot of Nigerians encountered China through its movies and low-grade products which enabled them to acquire utilities that would normally cost an arm and a leg. The Orwellian model of China is usually lost on many Nigerians. We are further exposed to China by…

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‘And The Truth Shall Set You Free’: A Review of Yinka Elujoba’s Collective Truth by Adebayo Adegbite

Title: Collective Truth Author: Yinka Elujoba Publisher: Invisible Borders Trans-African Project Number of pages: 36 Year of publication: 2016 Category: Travel/Nonfiction The truth is always something that is told, not something that is known. If there were no speaking or writing, there will be no truth about anything. There would only be what is. – Susan Sontag, The Benefactor. In reading Yinka Elujoba’s Collective Truth, it is important to understand where it is…

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News & Announcement

Covid-19: Travel Warning

Dear esteemed readers, writers, and travellers, We would like to implore you to be mindful of the new global health crisis, the Covid-19 outbreak. Please adhere to the warnings and advice of your government and of the World Health Organisation and other health-related organisations regarding the curbing of the virus and the measures you must take to avoid it. Wash your hands, avoid large gatherings, and most importantly, postpone your…

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Of Encounters and Connections: A Review of Emmanuel Iduma’s Lives that Enter Mine by Blessing Uche

Title: Lives That Enter Mine Author: Emmanuel Iduma Publisher: Invisible Borders Trans-African Project Number of pages: 32 Year of publication: 2016 Category: Travel/Nonfiction In Lives That Enter Mine by Emmanuel Iduma, every encounter is a story that the writer tells in segments and unfolds as if one is leafing through a photo album. This book is an output of the Borders Within 2016 Road Trip by Invisible Borders. Invisible Borders is committed to…

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Opening Portals to Troubled Histories: A Review of Uche Okonkwo’s What the Road Offers by Matthew Lecznar

Title: What the Road Offers Author: Uche Okonkwo Publisher: Invisible Borders Trans-African Project Number of pages: 36 Year of publication: 2016 Category: Travel/Nonfiction ‘That they did not die in vain’ (p.2). This potent adage, so often employed as a way of marking and memorialising the end of wars and conflicts, also embodies ideas of opening and enlivening at the beginning of Uche Okonkwo’s 2016 travel narrative What the Road Offers. Emblazoned upon the…

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