The Briefing: Eight Stories/Narratives We Read in August

•. Chimamanda Adichie Narrates Her Experience: Writer Chimamanda Adichie recounts the confusing and painful injury she had when she fell and hit her head on the hardwood floor while playing with her daughter. The author who recently announced the loss of her aunt to a brain aneurysm and the death of her father, narrates her experience in the hospital after the fall with this deeply moving story.

Caine-Prize winning “Grace Jones” | Irenosen Okojie: Described by the Caine Prize Chair of Judges as a world-class fiction from an African writer, the story is a wonder. The journey of Okojie’s main protagonist Sidra, a young woman who has moved to London from Martinique, keeps coming to us in multiple meanings. We don’t see any reason to not recommend a world-class fiction from an African Writer. Definitely a must-read.

Excerpt from “The Death of Vivek Oji”: Akwaeke Emezi released their third novel on August 4th. The novel has been described as ‘a masterful contemplation on gender identity’ and has gone on to make it to the NewYork Times Bestseller list. The author shared a sampler that contains Chapters 1 and 2, now published in the Newyork Times.

Our Girl, Bimpe | Olakunle Ologunro: “Flora, what’s on your mind?,” Facebook asked. Olakunle Ologunro admits us into the behind-the-scenes of Facebook sexual controversies. The misconceptions we hold and half-baked theories. Sharp and relatable. There is a lot to nail, but we will centre this on the post-truth. This story has been trending for days and we wonder how you’ve not read it yet.

When a woman renounces motherhood | Innocent Chizaram Ilo: This winning commonwealth short story for Africa is already an anthem. It revolves around a woman and her mother’s bond in the face of a sexist tradition. According to the author, the story was inspired by the stories of mother and other women— how they break their backs, raising their children, raising their husbands. We read the stories and we could hear the characters speak to us, to the marginalized individual experiences of women in our own lives.

The Caller | Ope Adedeji: “As with most things, it didn’t start as an obsession; it was an interest spurred by a documentary he watched as a boy. He told himself he was a collector of voices…” And then “The transition from interest to obsession happened fast; there were no in-betweens, no clear lines. He started extensive research on how to sex call and discovered that there was an art to it, that it was a skill he had to learn.” Enthralling. Super storyline, thought-stirring climax.

The Year of the Sun | Esther Ifesinachi; To think we’ll read and not include this brilliant, suspense-filled short story, is dishonest at most. The story is profoundly beautiful and we find ourselves moved beyond measure. Rarely have we read a story that shares so gently, yet powerfully, these subjects. There is a poignant grace that comes with the carrying of these truths, a balance that becomes more and more apparent every time this story is read. And this story needs to be read.

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