It was less than two weeks to Independence Day when the idea to curate an anthology came to my mind. It is imperative to know that this anthology of 40 beautiful works was called for and curated within two weeks.
I had just viewed a tweet that ranted about Nigerian citizens being responsible for all their basic needs despite paying taxes. The tweet had ended with a question, “What exactly does the Nigerian Government do for its citizens?” This tweet reminded me that Nigeria would celebrate her 60 years Independence Day anniversary in a few days. Nigeria has come of age but there’s still a long way to go.
The desire to express and pour my frustrations came flooding. I realized I was not the only one with a burning need to express my grievances or perhaps hope in the country, prompted the call for submissions. The submissions curated in this anthology portray the feelings, frustrations, anger and hope of the Nigerian youths. The state of Nigeria economically, politically and generally is boldly mirrored and emphasized in this anthology. You do not have to live or visit Nigeria before you get a taste of what the youths and everyone else are facing in the country.
Literature is life. It is an avenue for correcting the ills in the society through the portrayal of these ills and their effects. Hence, we hope that the cries, pleas, hope and rage embedded in this collection will be heard. These works show the terrible state of the country today. It takes on the daunting tasks of highlighting issues such as homelessness, hunger, crime, insecurity and many other issues that plague the country like a virus.
The pain of the masses is visible and loud in this anthology. We hope our voices are one day, heard as we keep writing to right the many wrongs in our country and the world. This collection of stories, poetry, artworks, photography, haikus and essays are not just art but sad, beautiful voices of the masses.
Rahma O. Jimoh