gender and sexuality

Gender and Sexuality in African Literature

by Peace Osemwengie Before Flora Nwapa wrote Efuru in 1966, there were no books in African literature that reflected the woman as a force to be reckoned with.  In the books that were written before that time, the woman was the one saddled with the duty of bearing children, nursing them, and telling them their …

Gender and Sexuality in African Literature Read More »

special tribe feature

Special Tribe Feature!

TVO presents a special tribe feature on the theme:  ” Connecting Spirituality to African Literature.” As a platform that embraces African literature, it is an attempt to highlight the genesis of African literature, the propagation of spirituality in the African Literary scene, and to connect writers and readers to the root of spirituality in African …

Special Tribe Feature! Read More »

Africans in diaspora

Africans In Diaspora: Are They The Same As Us?

Of Greek origin, the term ‘diaspora’ translates to ‘scattering’ or ‘dispersal.’ The African diaspora may therefore be used to encapsulate people of African ancestry dispersed or scattered from their home continent to other parts of the world either through forced removal or voluntary migration, and the progeny of the dispersed born in their new places of settlement. In essence, the African diaspora is made up of the offspring of those who were forcefully removed from their home and taken to other places as slaves centuries ago – historical diaspora – and those who have migrated from Africa in search of better opportunities – contemporary or new diaspora.

the red moon

Red Moon

by Agwaze Gift Naomi Sitting under the mango tree. Enjoying the cool night air, With the moon smiling down on all beneath. The happy chatter of little ones, anticipating the moonlight tales of the elderly. Sounds of mothers petting their toddlers to sleep. Fathers under the cashew tree discussing pressing issues at hand while sipping …

Red Moon Read More »


Recalling Our Forgotten Stories: Africa’s Oral Tradition

by Damola Oluwemimo  Oral tradition, or oral lore, is a form of human communication wherein knowledge, art, ideas, and cultural material is received, preserved, and transmitted orally from one generation to another. This is done mainly through speeches or songs that include folktales, ballads, chants/praises, prose, and even verses. This made it possible for a …

Recalling Our Forgotten Stories: Africa’s Oral Tradition Read More »

dear nigeria

Dear Nigeria: Our Independence Day Stories

Dear Nigeria, I come bearing gifts as you mark yet another year to celebrate your freedom Freedom from the shackles of colonialism From the chains of oppression From the shadows of divisions Division of work, one may think but that’s not it. You celebrate your disentanglement from the shadows of division, that which held you …

Dear Nigeria: Our Independence Day Stories Read More »