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Issue 1: Threshold

hope, serenity, entrance


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.

Abdulquadri Saka-Bolanta

Essay and Photography Editor


contributors list


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: Like Foreign Things That Take The Name Of 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

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