Hello, guys! I hope you’re marching on fairly well. (I couldn’t resist, forgive me.) It’s been another interesting month for me and here are some of the articles/stories/essays I’ve read that have made it so. Let us have a quick moment of contemplation for the insights, beauty, joy and humanity the internet brings to us.

Then let’s dive.

  • Nigeria is at a very, er.. precarious place, economically. There’s been a plethora of articles and think-pieces on this topic. Feyi Fawehinmi writes about these frustrations, and how we don’t help. It’s pretty excellent. Read it.
  • Let me get economics out of the way with this short story that explains market forces in a simple way (hint: goats).
  • Victor Ehikemanor, who’s one of our favourite Nigerian artists at Nik-Nak, was in Indonesia last year as part of the thirteenth edition of the Biennale Jogja. Emmanuel Iduma writes about ‘The wealth of Nations’ here.
  • Song of Lawino was published 50 years ago. Here, Gloria Kiconco takes us on an outstanding reflective ride.
    It is too late to scoop my language off the floor and back onto my tongue. If I look backward, I will lose my future. I must measure my mother tongue against the English that propels me forward.
  • Have you ever been up all night? What’s it like? Carmen Maria Machado talks about ‘dance marathons, interstate driving, fear, forgetfulness’ – the things that make up her my all-nighters.
  • Are we different people in different languages? Interesting question, right? I’m starting to think we are. This essay is a Creative Writing teacher’s exploration of the topic. It reminded me of this essay by Jhumpa Lahiri about writing in Italian.
  • Every Junot Diaz interview should be read.
  • “Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah travels to James Baldwin’s home in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France, and examines the impact of a writer whose legacy cannot be erased.” This moved me so much.
    We are both writers, but we could not find a single word to describe this man who told his adopted sisters that they had to write down their stories and later pragmatically assisted them in their endeavors, who had best friends in many countries in all professions, and who taught his older brother and young nephews a rare, lasting lesson in bravery — that we must be brilliant and big enough to be ourselves.
  • Cat Hellisen’s SSDA winning story,‘The Worme Bridge’ is oh so deserving.
  • This story told as letters by Chikodili Emelumadu made me sad, and chuckle in equal parts.
  • Is a friendship that’s permanently cheery a real one? The Book of Life encourages us to embrace the solemn just as much.
  • Fariha Róisín writes about peace and war and bodies.
    I forget that when my parents think of war, after the blood strewn bodies wrangling across the streets and railways, they must also think of its palpability, of its vividness. When I think of war, I think about the still and empty pools, abandoned palatial hotel lobbies.
  • “A body broken into always feels the same, no matter what shape the break-in takes, no matter who the intruder is. No matter.” Haunting piece by Timehin.
  • Have you ever hurt a loved one, apologized but couldn’t forgive yourself? Maybe this will help you start that journey.
  • And on that note, this should put things in perspective for you so that you spend the rest of your life cherishing those around you.

I’ll leave you with this gorgeous song by this gorgeous voice. Yes, get into your feelings this Saturday!

Until later,

‘P.

Written by Nik-Nak