Ayiba and The Beast

This is a different type of post, where I actually sneak up from behind the lines and say HELLO 🙂

I wrote a story called “The Beast”, which has just been published in the first issue of the beautiful ode to Africans and their work, Ayiba Magazine. I am very proud to be included in such a strong package. See the magazine  here: http://www.ayibamagazine.com/

My story, “The Beast”, is about the plight of a (black, need I say :))Nigerian girl in London amidst the London riots. Please read it here: http://issues.ayibamagazine.com/the-beast-by-inktippeddreams/

Let me know what you think! Thank you for your support 🙂

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3 responses to “Ayiba and The Beast

  1. I read it a few days ago and I thought it was good. There has been something sticking at my craw though…

    “At home, where most history was black history, she had been told impressive stories, of what Rosa Parks did on the bus, and what Martin Luther King Jr. said to swollen crowds.”

    That segment seems out of place. It doesn’t make sense to me why an African that grew up in Africa, but now living in London, would mention something about American “heroes”. It also strikes me as odd why you, with a similar history to the character, would see the need to use Americans in your story instead of Africans that stood against oppression.
    What, there are no Africans that fought the struggle?

    Rather than using African figures and causing people to search about who they are (if they didn’t already know)–thereby creating a learning opportunity through your work–you played it safe and by doing so you subconsciously fell prey to perpetuating the notion that American history is dominant to all others.

    …and I have no bloody idea what a CV is.

    • Wow, Charles, that is an extremely valid point, and I can not actually rebut it in any way. You are right, I took the easy path of talking about Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. instead of talking about the people that fought for nationalism like Herbert Macaulay, and Obafemi Awolowo. I guess the problem was just that- I was looking for clear examples of this fight against racism, but I only knew Nigerian nationalists. So I took the easy route, rather than seeking out Nigerian examples. I apologise, it was an opportunity that I missed out on, but I will make sure to use such opportunities in future.

      Also, haha a CV is basically a resume, and is the major pre-occupation of lifeless career-oriented folk, which often includes me 🙂

  2. Late to the party but pretty good write up… Sounds eerily similar to a certain ‘Ehae’.

    To Charles’ point… Off the top of my head I don’t quite know that we have people that fought against racism in Naij, or at least no prominent ones. Most of the activism was geared toward equality (tribally and socially) and against oppression. I think the same goes for most of Africa, except maybe SA. But sucks we don’t get taught much African/Nigerian history in skool.
    So I kinda see why u had to take that route to make ur point.

    The other thing that got me was the part abt going to career fairs, cv in hand, questions memorized etc etc etc. lol, I did that shit soo much that I almost became a professional job hunter sef.

    Lastly, I kinda had a similar experience here (I think everyone does to a certain extent really). But eventually, I was able to get past even noticing that I was a different color and just saw myself as a smart guy(not smart blk guy) w/ a great GPA and d right qualifications for a/the job. Just sharing that cos if U can get passed it and not even notice it, it’ll help u kinda block out people/situations where it may be a factor. Otherwise u cn become paranoid and be like one of those people that blame everything bad that happens on their ‘blkness’

So, what do you think?

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