Essay & Review

Where the Spirits Wait: On Kay Ugwuede’s A Substance of Things Unseen by Njoku Nonso

Kay Ugwuede’s illuminating travel chapbook, A Substance of Things Unseen, begins in the city of Enugu, at the top of a hill. This she translates into the Igbo language as Enu ugwu: a linguistic performance garbed by seemingly measured emphasis. And this presents a sort of manual to the reader’s eventual understanding of this city, Enugu, that the author tells us,  means ‘somewhere, home’ to her – a lexical crossroad…

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Night Crawling in Douala by Dami Ajayi

You love to contemplate a new city at night, even better if you see it from the sky, a kaleidoscopic view of dotted lights and distances. Every encounter of a new city is both a unique and a comparison of previous experiences. Douala from the sky looks like a coastal city. The aircraft pierces the clouds, you look down and what you see is the ocean, looking tame from the…

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