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

‘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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Essay & Review

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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Essay & Review

Opening Portals on 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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Photography, Photography & Art

The Glories of Uzbekistan by Alessio Viviani

The time frame of this short film is exactly 3:17 minutes. But it features twenty-three unique images of Uzbekistan set to a mesmeric temperate ambient score titled ‘Emotions’ by Cinematic Sounds. Collectively, these images transcend even the lens that captured them. From the monuments in Tashkent to the mosques in Samarkand, and architectural beauties in Bukhara and the fortress-city of Khiva, UNESCO World Heritage site, they explore the glories that…

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Non-fiction

Uganda through my Nigerian Eyes by Temitayo Olofinlua

The first time I saw Uganda, it was through Barbara Oketta Musiime’s eyes. Those small eyes that carried many stories – Kony, Northern Uganda, Femrite, Museveni, Amin, porridge – and left many unsaid. It was 2012; we were both residents at the Ebedi Writers’ Residency in Iseyin, Oyo state. Some of the unsaid things, my own eyes would see six years later.  On August 14, 2018 when my feet kissed…

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Poetry

Recovery by Jo Weston

Recovery Seas of enlivening magenta under a sky of azure blue, frame a canary in an avocado tree.Lizards sunbathe on the path below. Leaves of banana trees sway in the breeze,as farmers wrap the fruit in sapphire andthe sea, enveloping pebbles, pulls them back to bed. The sun lowers its glow behind the mountainas the scent of jasmine fills the air, while, from a cobbled alley, comes the sound of…

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Poetry

Night Gods at Feast by Kechi Nomu

I. Night Gods at FeastAfter Wendy Xu’s Several Altitudes of Not Talking a sign here reads: Sell your deadInvert the batteries. this is, of course, an error. mine or the sign maker’s. our headlights in lieu of distance, travel the length of eyes.      anoint the sheen              of a gate. we approach at this uncontrollable hour night gods at feast; local beer and pink-bodied chickens held in a spit:the world is a puzzle…

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Non-fiction

A Bridge Between Learning and Mourning by Tọ́pẹ́ Salaudeen-Adégòkè

For a moment, I complimented myself on timing my arrival when I saw the heavy traffic on the other lane of the Third Mainland Bridge – sense will not kuku kill me. It was night, the rush hour of Lagos traffic. Traffic was free on my lane – towards Lagos Island – like a deserted highway. The other side was a gridlock of people getting away from the Island, characteristic…

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Non-fiction

Brisbane: Memories of Migration by Uzo Dibia

First the seduction, then the beheading: Holofernes! John the Baptist! Maybe I am next in line, I pondered as Magda gave me the spiel. Recruiters will seduce you with their words, and when you succumb, you find you’ve been sold a dud or sent to the backwaters of an unknown country. This script was well-worn, often followed and almost always seen to its contrived conclusion. Magda’s words were smooth, enunciated…

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