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Traversing the Mood of Landscapes: A Review of Yinka Elujoba’s Images of the Disconsolate by Femi Morgan

Title: Images of the Disconsolate Author: Yinka Elujoba Publisher: Invisible Borders Trans-African Project Number of pages: 35 Year of publication: 2017 Category: Travel/Nonfiction Images of the Disconsolate by Yinka Elujoba explores the metaphor of the road as a vortex of memories that can nonetheless be grasped through personal tales. This chapbook of travel narrative must first be understood within the context of the 2017 Invisible Borders TransAfrican project which focused on ‘Borders…

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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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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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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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Of Roads and Crossroads by Tade Ipadeola

Title: If Only the Road Could Talk Author: Niyi Osundare Publisher: Africa World Press Number of pages: 126 Year of publication: 2017 Category: Poetry   Old, never aged, Once golden apple of an Empire’s eye, London never sleeps (but sometimes snores) Still methodically English, with some brown now In the watermark of its Union Jack…  – London (p 106) Of all African poets writing in English today, without a doubt Niyi Osundare…

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Africans and Cosmopolitanism: A Review of Route 234 by Femi Morgan

Title: Route 234 Editor: Pelu Awofeso Publisher: Homestead Media Number of pages: 212 Year of publication: 2016 Category: Travel/Non-fiction Travel writing is a curation of notes by a traveller whose sense of motion is animated. The travel writer is conscious of the trajectories of many feet, and his too, that make the world cosmopolitan. And he is enlivened by the many experiences and people whom he encounters. Travellers the world over have…

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