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Prose

Akanbi Shedrack

Shedrack Opeyemi Akanbi

Shedrack will be working on a collection of short stories tied together by a peculiar setting, the barrack. The collection will explore themes bordering around gender and feminism, material determinism, sexual identity, love, grief etc.

Shedrack Opeyemi Akanbi is a Nigerian, believer, and dreamer. He is currently reading for a BA in History and International Studies at the University of Ilorin. His writings appear in The Roadrunner Review, Kalahari Review, Praxis Magazine, Olongo Africa, The African Writers, and elsewhere. He was shortlisted for the 2020 Eriata Oribhabor Prize for Poetry (EOPP). He reads fiction for CRAFT Literary. Find him on Twitter @ShedrackAkanbi

Mhembeuter Jeremiah Orhemba

Mhembeuter Jeremiah Orhemba

Mhembeuter proposed magical realist novella is set in an alternate universe where two teenagers’ discovery of special abilities set their lives spiralling into chaos.

Mhembeuter Jeremiah Orhemba (b.2002) is a Nigerian writer. In May, 2021, he won the inaugural Words and Arts poetry contest and served as a judge for the next edition. His works has been published or are forthcoming in FictionWrit Magazine, The Shallow Tales Review, Arts Lounge Journal, Eboquills, and The Muse.  An alumnus of the 2020 AFRIKA-WRITES PROSE WORKSHOP, he lives with his family in Makurdi, Benue State.

Poetry

Muiz Opeyemi Ajayi

Muiz Opeyemi Ajayi

Muiz Opeyemi Ajayi will be working on a collection of poems exploring the complexity of identity, love, single-parenting, mental health, illness and loss of loved ones.

Muiz Opeyemi Ajayi, a young poet and writer, is a fresh Law undergraduate of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He writes conventional & unorthodox poetry and prose on diverse subjects including identity and personality conflict. He has works published or forthcoming on Fiery Scribe Review, Brittle Paper, Spillwords, Sledgehammer lit and elsewhere. Asides Law and Literature, he’s intrigued by sport and music.

Roseline Mgbodichinma

Roseline Mgbodichinma

Roseline will be drafting an affirmative collection of poems that edifies and empowers in ethereal ways, touching themes of love, mental health and humanity.

Roseline Mgbodichinma is a Nigerian writer, poet and blogger who is passionate about documenting women’s stories. She is currently pursuing a law degree and actively freelancing. She is a Contributing fiction editor for Barren Magazine, a Nairobi Fiction Writing Workshop (NF2W) scholarship recipient, and a SprinNG alumna. She won the audience favourite award for the Okada Books and Union Bank Campus Writing Challenge, and she was a third prize winner for the PIN Food Poetry Contest. Her work has been published on Isele, Native Skin, Down River Road, Amplify, JFA Human Rights mag, Blue Marble Review, Kalahari Review, Indianapolis Review, The Hellebore and elsewhere. You can reach her on her blog at www.mgbodichi.com where she writes about art, issues and lifestyle.

Abu Bakr Sadiq

Abu Bakr Sadiq

Abu Bakr Sadiq’s proposed poetry collection seeks to paint the experiences of Nigerians, especially northern Nigerians, through the lenses of loss, erasure, memory and social justice.

Abu Bakr Sadiq is a Nigerian poet. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Lit Quarterly, FIYAH, Uncanny Magazine, Iskanchi Press & Magazine, Knight’s Library Magazine, Black Cat Magazine‚ Rockvale Review, Radical Art Review, The Shallow Tales Review, Salamander Ink Press, Trampset, Poetry Column NND, The Drinking Gourd, and elsewhere. He emerged First Runner-up in the Whispering Cresecent Poetry Prize, 2021. He writes from Minna. Find him on Twitter @bakronline

Visual Art

Eunice Ukamaka

Eunice Ukamaka

Eunice Ukamaka will be working on art pieces that express unspoken thoughts and interprete life. Painting the synergy between imagination and reality, the proposed art book will invent new worlds.

Eunice Ukamaka is a Nigerian self taught artist, whose work is forthcoming in the Epoch Pressʼs Third Issue. Eunice, who also majors in English and Literature in Nnamdi Azikiwe  University is a firm believer of “Life imitates Art, more than Art itself”. She sees the world through a pencil and a paint brush and hopes to show everyday reality through her art.