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  Femi Osofisan
  Tanure Ojaide
  Brian Chikwava
  Hugh Hodge
  Helon Habila
  Muhammad Jalal A. Hashim
  Ogaga Ifowodo
  Edwin Gaarder
  Harry Garuba
  Toyin Adewale-Gabriel
  Zukiswa Wanner
  Ike Okonta
  Maxim Uzoatu
  George Ngwane
  Ike Anya
  E. E. Sule
  Beverley Nambozo
  Obi Nwakanma
  Matthew Dodwell
  Ikhide Ikheloa
  Afam Akeh
  Femi Oyebode
  Chika Unigwe
  Linda Chase
  Mohamed Bushara
  Wale Okediran
  Niran Ok
  Remi Raji
  Ahmed Maiwada

  Laura King

  Chuma Nwokolo






In this Debut Issue, we have representations of South African, Nigerian, Zimbabwean, Ugandan, Cameroonian and Sudanese literatures. There are also writers from Brazil and the United Kingdom. Additionally, there is information on writers and literary activity from some other national literatures. We aim as we grow to provide even more extensive coverage of all the literatures of Africa, and their representations outside the continent. We will also sometimes feature contributions from other national literatures of the world. Our Africa-centred but international outlook is evident in the varied perspectives, interests and subjects of the contributors in this Debut Issue. In ‘Bear-Watching in Tofino,’ Ike Anya, a medical doctor and writer, delights in the wonders of the Canadian outlands. But he is not alone in celebrating that artistic sense of wonder or tendency to wander. Toyin Adewale-Gabriel plumbs the poetic wonders of an important personal passage, and from Chika Unigwe we have a report on her recent triumph in local council elections in Belgium. Yes, Belgium! There are interviews, fiction and much poetry from our writers, established and new, African or other, individual as their different voices, global as the online addresses from which they necessarily post, but national also in how their hearts beat the drums of their different and similar experiences. Read all. Learn more about your world. Enjoy also the Africa-inspired visuals of our artists, Yomi Ola, who is in the US, and Mohamed Bushara in the UK. From our Oxford, UK, base we hope to become a magnet especially but not exclusively for African literary talent wherever it may be found.

This issue features an editorial cover on the Slavery Abolition Bicentenary. Future editions may or may not have editorial covers, and will each focus on particular subjects or places in African writing. We hear it said often enough that Africa can't be done. We say with African Writing that Africa can be done, and we wish to prove over time that Africa can be done quite brilliantly, successfully. It is our purpose to provide the space for all kinds of writers on all kinds of subjects, whatever may be the age or life experiences of these writers. All we ask is that our contributors demonstrate excellence and creativity in their writing, and this we will increasingly insist on.

The Editor

Writing for us

The Editor and management of African Writing invite you to contribute poems, fiction, creative non-fiction, life and travel writings, reviews, interviews and critical essays to its online and paper editions. Art and news photographs or photographic commentaries on any subject relevant to our interests will also be considered. Following our debut, will be published monthly from September 2007, in print and online editions. Its central interest is new writing from Africa, or of African origin, but it will also feature work from other national literatures.

Contributors to African Writing will be paid. We are flexible about our submission requirements, but expect that most submissions will be by email attachment. Fiction, essays and creative non-fiction submissions should aim at around three thousand words. Maximum for exceptional contributions will be five thousand words. An accompanying author’s photograph will be useful. Poets may send in several short pieces or a long work. Please email the Editor if you are uncertain about our submission requirements, or to discuss other editorial matters regarding the publication. Letters to the Editor responding to any of the features or reports in African Writing may be similarly emailed, or posted to our offices.

African Writing aspires to become a leading quality, literary paper from Africa. We are committed to reflecting writing and literary work from all the countries, literary generations and official languages of Africa. We will publish in English so some of our submissions will be translated. Our readers and contributor will be those who produce, celebrate or work with African writing in one form or another, including individuals and institutions with longstanding research and leisure interest in African literature and culture, or others recently introduced to the many voices of that international and multilingual body of writings.

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