Creativity is an intimate process with self, and is ever subject to the vicissitudes of ideal perfection. Whether it manifests as a fuss for the right colour mix or the obsession for balance between imagination and reality, it has tendencies to be quite lonely just as exciting, peaceful as exhausting.
The founders of ARTmosterrific understand this much about creativity, and made it their mission to create an avenue that connects writers and readers, along with artists and art enthusiasts, in order to foster growth, network creators with their contemporaries, and ultimately ease the creative process through interactions.
Although primarily targeted at budding undergraduate-student writers and photographers in University of Ilorin, Nigeria, ARTmosterrific has panned out to accommodate members from other Universities within and outside Nigeria, and those of African origin living in other parts of the world. Membership have also extended to not only degree holders but those of higher qualification, as well as to those with intermediate to advanced creative skills.
With Threshold, ARTmosterrific makes its first collaborative endeavour, featuring selected budding-creatives and established ones alike, in genres such as poetry, prose, essay and photography. This none-themed issue welcomed contributions on any topic contributors feel passionate about so to allow the liberty of choice, and symbolically lend a voice to the not-so-popular STOPRapingWomen campaign that started earlier this year and the current #EndSARS protest in the fight against oppression and injustice in our home country, Nigeria.
This issue contains fresh perspectives and unique styles of storytelling, and as the title connotes, marks our foray into collaborative projects. Enjoy.
Essay and Photography Editor
Abdulrahman Fatima: Solidarity and Bondage
Emmanuel Arinze Ndieli: Curly Hair
Rahma O. Jimoh: Se(a)renity
Martins Deep: Art pieces
Sulola Imran Abiola: Half Enveloped by Depression, Feigned Smile Under
Duress, Thorny Embrace and Doses of the Sun
Adeola Juwon Gbalajobi: After The Kano Riot of 1991 & For Amudalat Mopelade (A Poem to Trap Memories)
Chibueze Obunadike: Into Each New Dawn & Butterflies
Tukur Ridwan: love as a collateral damage & instructions to the heavy soul
Martins Deep: Servitude
Blessing Omeiza: A Treasure from an Asian Friend
Fatima Abdulrahman Subuola: The Beauty Of Nature
Jeremy T. Karn: Lamentation for a Burnt Boy & Mute Boy
Adesina Ajala: Music as a Panegyric for Self
Timi Sanni: Of Saints and Sinners & A Boy Sings the Song of Genesis
Yvonne Nezianya: I Saw My Dead Twin as Another & Hello, Home Or He Finally Said Goodbye
Ajise Vincent: the day i defied god & the search for cadavers of father’s ghost
Olaewe David Opeyemi: Sour tale
Ayeyemi Taofeek: Adisa, or, A Poem in Which I Wear My Father’s Skin & a brief meditation on survival
Opia-Enwemuche Maxwell Onyemachi: Despair & Immortality
Shitta Faruq Adémólá: When Your Father Dies
Jonathan Ayeni: Club E
Hosea Tokwe: The Demolition
Bryan Okwesili: Father, I Have Sinned
Timi Sanni: Hair, Seashells and Other Names for Love
Oluchi Egbusim: The Man, the Sounds, the Eyes
Aminu Salihu: Ghost Stories
Ọlá W. Halim: Quarantine and Other Images
Kudzai Mhangwa: She Changed It