10 Little Facts About Selves Anthology

1. Selves was published in 2018 and it is the first independent creative nonfiction by African writers.

2. Selves: An Afro-Anthology of Creative Nonfiction, also known as Selves Anthology, is an independently published collection of 24 personal creative nonfiction essays by writers across six African countries, published as the maiden edition of the Afro-Anthology Series, a publication intended to serve as a platform for showcasing creative nonfiction exclusively from the African continent.

3. The print and ebook version has been widely reviewed and read in Africa and beyond. Reviews are available online via Brittle Paper, Medium, Witsprouts, and many others.

4. The twenty four writers published in Selves are: Sibongile Fisher, TJ Benson, Sada Malumfashi, Umar Turaki, Asantewa Diaka, Qamarun Nisa, Mapule Mohulatsi, Gbolahan Gbadmus, Acan Innocent Immaculate, Howard Meh-Buh Maximus, Kenechi Uzor, Kelvin Alaneme, Hauwa Shaffii Nuhu, Alithnayn Abdulkareem, Megan Ross, Oris Aigbokhaevbolo, Afopefoluwa Ojo, Chinaecherem Obor, Victor Daniel, Vuyelwa Maluleke, Eugene Yakubu, Adefolami Ademola, Jennifer Emelife, Tolu Daniel.

5. Contributors to Selves Anthology include writers from Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Cameroon, Uganda, Zimbabwe and other parts of Africa.

6. Selves Anthology was first published digitally by African literary blog Brittle Paper in February 2018 as the first independent creative nonfiction anthology with contributions entirely from African writers. The ebook edition features fourteen (14) entries.

7. The Selves Anthology paperback, published as the first installment of the Afro-Anthology Series, was officially launched at the second edition of the Kaduna Book and Arts Festival on the 5th of September, 2018. The anthology became one of the bestselling books in the festival: this was catalysed by a panel discussion about it. The panel discussion was titled “In Search of Ourselves: New African Writing” and it featured editor Basit Jamiu, contributors Umar Turaki and Hauwa Nuhu Shafi as panelists. The panel discussion was moderated by Tj Benson whose work also appeared in the anthology. The anthology’s first print sold out few hours after the panel session.

8. Three short nonfiction featured in Selves Anthology was shortlisted for the prestigious Brittle Paper Award in 2018.

9. Afro Anthology Series had received requests from three PHD students and a master student from Universities in Canada, Australia, Germany and Ghana for the permission to use the Selves Anthology as case study in their thesis.

10. Selves Anthology was curated by Basit Jamiu, co-edited by Uzoma Ihejirika and EmmanuelDairo with an introduction by Otosirieze Obi-Young. The book cover was designed by Tope Akintayo. Selves Anthology is available on Amazon.

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