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A Travel Playlist: The Music of My Journey to Dakar by Tọ́pẹ́ Salaudeen-Adégòkè

‘The music you travel with helps you to create your own internal weather.’ –Teju Cole; Known and Strange Things I: Confusion Na Quench It all began with an acute anxiety commonly associated with departures – probably it should be entered in a psychiatry textbook as travel anxiety, if it hasn’t been already. I had also exhibited the foolery of drinking a bottle of Pepsi late the previous night. The combination…

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Essay & Review

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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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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Essay & Review

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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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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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 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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Interviews

I Have Always Depended on the Kindness of Strangers: An Interview with Kemi Falodun

Invisible Borders is a travel collective of writers, photographers and filmmakers. In 2016 they embarked on a trans-Nigeria road trip. The aim was to map the diversity across regions, states and ethnic formations in post-colonial Nigeria. They produced images and writings that interrogated both the elusive and apparent borders within Nigeria years after the amalgamation of its Northern and Southern Protectorates. To complete the work begun last year, another group…

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Non-fiction

Of Secret Loves and Gods of Flesh by Tope Salaudeen-Adegoke

      The loves we share with a city are often secret loves. – Albert Camus; ‘Summers in Algiers’ from The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays. The beauty of a city is ascertained at night; a night is a beautician which costumes and, most of the times, prettifies its landscapes. When the fussiness of transaction is laid to rest somewhere in the pulse of a city and the last spatter…

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News & Announcement

BORDERS WITHIN II: THE TRANS-NIGERIAN ROAD TRIP OCTOBER 8 – NOVEMBER 16 2017

For 46 days in 2016, Invisible Borders travelled across 14 states in Nigeria. The aim was simple: to map the diversity across regions, states and ethnic formations in post-colonial Nigeria through photographs, video documentaries and travelogues. The group of artists and writers involved in the itinerary, through images and writing, interrogated both the elusive and apparent borders within Nigeria years after the amalgamation of its Northern and Southern Protectorates. With…

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