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The Best Short Stories of O. Henry

By on June 9, 2017

O. Henry was the ‘nom de plume’ of William Sydney Porter, an American author who distinguished himself by writing short stories, set in the…

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Happiness, Like Water by Chinelo Okparanta

By on June 8, 2017

From start to finish the 10 stories in Chinelo Okparanta’s collection are beautiful in their simplicity, highlighting the little nuances of the Nigerian cultural…

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The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

By on June 7, 2017

This is one of the new pieces of short fiction that I discovered this year and what a thrill it was to read. Viet…

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The Collected Stories of Grace Paley

By on June 6, 2017

The New York Times says of this collection, that it “should be on the shelf of any serious fan of the form”. I was…

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The Necklace and Other Short Stories by Guy de Maupassant

By on June 5, 2017

I like to call Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893), ‘Le Roi Français de Contes’ – The French King of Short Tales.  His most popular short story…

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An Elegy for Easterly by Petina Gappah

By on June 4, 2017

The stories in the collection by Petina Gappah are so brilliantly real, I vividly remember that they left me gasping internally when I first…

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Tales from Firozsha Baag by Rohinton Mistry

By on June 3, 2017

There are so many things I can say about Rohinton Mistry’s writing. Clever, thoughtful, insightful. In a simple yet powerful way, Mr. Mistry’s writing…

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Homeland and Other Stories by Barbara Kingsolver

By on June 2, 2017

This is what happened to them. They struck out so boldly as a couple, but the minute they lost their bearings they’d homed in…

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Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan

By on June 1, 2017

“When they ask you,” she says sternly, without looking at me, “say you’re one of them, OK?”
For the next 30 days I will be…

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Reading List: June 2017

By on June 1, 2017

It is hard to believe that we are already halfway through 2017 and this is the sixth edition of the reading list.

Back in April,…

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Celebrating Short Stories in June

By on May 30, 2017

 

I love short stories. When it comes to reading and writing, short fiction has always been my first love. I was thinking of what to…

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Combating the Hoax Narrative: TED Lagos

By on May 17, 2017

Stephanie Busari’s succinct yet powerful TED talk in Lagos, serves as an urgent reminder of the power that every individual with access to the…

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Jola Naibi

Writer and amateur photog. I seek to inspire and inform with the words I write and share and the photos I take. I have written a book of short stories: Terra Cotta Beauty, and I am working on a lot more. Reading and writing fuel my energy. In reading, I explore this vast and diverse world, in writing, I employ my over-active imagination and address the 'what-if' questions that life often throws at us.

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