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Best African Literature on the Net in 2016


In the spirit of celebrating African literature in 2016, we have compiled what we call our Best African Literature on the Net in 2016. This list is not definitive, it is a reflection of our taste at EXPOUND and mostly, the choice of some of our friends and readers. We appreciate the efforts of our friends like Brittle Paper, Jalada,…






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ISSUE #8: The Woman Issue


Guest Editor’s Note by Unoma Azuah FICTION: Unsuitable Ties by Sefi Atta The Dress That Fed the Suit by Zukiswa Wanner Angry Vaginas: Meet Project Douche by JT Lawrence Unreliable Nipples by Halima Aliyu Yoyin of the Captivating Form by Rafeeat Aliyu Will My Life Be the Same Again? by Temitayo Olofinlua   NONFICTION: Besieged by 3 Caesars–In Search of…






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An Interview With JT Lawrence by Jason Mykl Snyman


Janita, thanks so much for agreeing to an interview with EXPOUND – and congratulations on the recent release of another great book – Grey Magic. Today, however, in honour of the Woman’s Edition, we’d like to talk a bit about another of your works – The Underachieving Ovary.   Tell us a little bit more about your memoir. Where did…






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The Many Sides To Nudity By Michelle Ekunno


Moral compunctions want to close your eyes but how do you interrogate the new nakedness with eyes closed? It’s a cop-out. Before now, you needed to go out of your way to espy the female physique. It showcased behind closed doors, both real and symbolic. You had to make an effort to access Playboy or Penthouse magazine. Internet was hardly…






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ISSUE #7


Cover Picture by TJ Benson Cover Design by Bard Studio  Guest Editor’s Note – Gbenga Adesina Poetry: Afghan Refugee by Rohan Chhetri The Size of Grief by Lydia Kasese Five Stations for Various by Richard Ali Portrait of My Mother as a Child by Jessica Marion Modi what is the boy who drags his solitudes outdoors by Peter Akinlabi Emily…






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Guest Editor’s Note – Gbenga Adesina


I’m always looking for a way to return to myself. Roland Barthes writing in Mourning Diary said:“[I feel] embarrassed and almost guilty because sometimes I feel my mourning is merely a susceptibility to emotions. But all my life haven’t I been just that: moved?” At a recent poetry reading, I eavesdropped on a woman say to her partner after a…






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Interrogating a Continent’s Rhythm: Conversation with Three Illuminating Voices


Titilope Sonuga, Nigeria’s inaugural poet laureate, curator of the hugely successful SoulFest “Becoming” and Intel “She Will Connect” Ambassador combines the capacity for heightened utterance with an urbane cheekiness. Harriet Anena, Ugandan poet and short story writer bursts into the continent’s consciousness with her first book of poems, “A NATION IN LABOUR” and her fierce performance piece, “I BOW FOR…






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The Portrait of an Elegant Feminist By Noah Oladele


In Africa, there is a misconstruction of the word, ‘feminism’; an empirical misplacement of the meaning, probably because of the intricacies of our society, cultures and some aspects of our religions which are a complete antithesis of what the word means. It is widely acceptable and justifiable for a man to marry more than a wife, if he pleases; the…






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ISSUE #6


Cover Image by Omoregie Osakpolor Cover Design by Bard Studio Poetry **************** Sharon Matongo Amanda Gomez Cynthia Atkins Mark Young Stephan Delbos Lynn White peach schist Sanjeev Sethi Daniel M. Shapiro Francis Annagu Inalegwu Omapada Alifa Akor Emmanuel Oche Afolabi Boluwatife Adedayo Adeyemi Agarau Jack Little Steve Klepetar John Casquarelli and Luis Figueredo Tom Montag Angelica Fuse Fiction **************** Joan…






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Absences by Oyin Oludipe


‘Absences do not / Deplete the tavern. They hang over the haze…’ – Wole Soyinka, In the Small Hours It all began one beautiful morning with absences: apparitions came and went, and the firmament was gone. By a corner, a revenant pillar of ants has ruptured in its own wake; and the dissolution heralds the quiet grief of receding rains.That…






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EDITORIAL ISSUE #5


CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD EXPOUND #5 Dear Readers, On 27th of March, 2015, I released the first issue of EXPOUND. I had saved some money and borrowed a friend’s laptop to create the website and released the issue. Today, EXPOUND is a year older, and I am delighted to tell you that in just one year, we have been able…






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Masks by Ehindola Peter


…In the dream and the ones that followed, I was in the square, playing scenes of an erotic drama, wheeling with sensual movements; but she came, bearing a dim lamp, saying, ‘I have wept for you many times’… If I say I still do not feel a slight fear inside me for trying to identify with the traditions and customs…






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Judgement and Gratitude by Olatunde Obafemi


There is a difference between the moving of the feet and dancing; between what is and what should be; between truth and an appearance of truth; between intention and execution; between breathing and living. Sometimes, there is a difference between a human and what is being thought of them by others; between judgement and conviction; between confession and deeds; but…






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Donovan Smith by Jason Snyman


~Dragon Slayer, Soldier, Champion of Fair Maidens   I used to paint a lot when I was younger, always in three colours and three colours alone – black, red and white. At some point in my life, however, the feel of a brush in my hand had become almost alien. Uncomfortable. Heavy. For some reason unknown to me, the brush…






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EDITORIAL – ISSUE #4


CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD EXPOUND #4 Dear Readers, Our last issue for this year is finally out! It has been quite an interesting and challenging journey this year. We thank our contributors for believing in us and keeping us this far. This last issue is our end of the year gift to our readers, and it is an electrifying gift,…






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