Editorial Board


Elisha Oluyemi

Elisha Oluyemi is a Yorùbá writer. Winner of the 2023 Brigitte Poirson Literature Prize for Short Story, the 2023 Ikenga Short Story Prize, and the Lagos-HCAF Short Story Award (2022), he was shortlisted for the 2024 Isele Short Story Prize and the 2022 YWC Award for Short Story. Elisha co-curated the crime anthology, Nightshade (IfeAdigo, 2022). He serves as a mentor in the SprinNG Writing Fellowship. His writing is (forthcoming) in Strange Horizons, Lolwe, Mystery Tribune, BAM Quarterly, Dawn Review, Mukana, Isele Magazine, The B’K, Sledgehammer, Terror House, and elsewhere. He’s contributed to forthcoming anthologies: Mukana Anthology of African Writing (2024), UNBOUND: Anthology of Nigerian Poets Under-40 (Griots Lounge, 2024), & Witsprouts Anthology (2024). For fun and relaxation, Elisha learns Korean, listens to classical music, and studies criminal minds. Tweets @ylisha_cs. Website: https://linktr.ee/elishaoluyemi

Fiction Editors

Yaqub Olayinka

Olayinka Yaqub's love for stories and storytelling stems from a childhood spent listening to African folktales told under the moonlight. Now, he's a Lagos-based, Nigerian writer and the prose editor of Fiery Scribe Review Magazine. His short works of fiction have appeared in places like Iskanchi Press Magazine, Writers Space Africa Magazine, and have also won/been longlisted for prizes such as the Awele Creative Trust Award and Sandra Whiteley's Prize For Children's Literature.

Okorie Divine

Okorie Divine is a writer, editor, and student of English and Literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. His works are available in Fiction Niche, African Writers Magazine, The Muse Journal, Brittle Paper and elsewhere. He emerged winner of the 2023 Abubakar Gimba Prize for Creative Nonfiction and was shortlisted for the Sevhage Prize for Creative Nonfiction. He tweets at OkorieDivine9.

Poetry Editors

Adesiyan Oluwapelumi

Adesiyan Oluwapelumi, TPC XI, is a medical student, poet, and essayist. Winner of the Team Booktu Poetry Contest (2024), he & his works are featured in 20.35, Fantasy Magazine, Poet Lore, Tab Journal, Poetry Wales, Variant Literature & elsewhere. A 2023 Adroit Journal Summer Mentee & a 2023 SprinNG Writers' Fellow, his works were selected for inclusion in the Annual Outstanding Young Writers Anthology (Paper Crane, 2023). He tweets @ademindpoems

Frank Njugi

Frank Njugi is a Kenyan self-taught Writer, Page Poet, Culture Journalist and Critic. He has had his poetry published/forthcoming in platforms such as Down River Road KE, Brittle Paper, Akewi Magazine, 20.35 Africa , Shallow Tales Review, Konya Shamsrumi, Roi Feineant press, Olney magazine, Kalahari Review, African Writer magazine, The Standard Kenya Newspaper and others. He has also written on arts and Literary culture for platforms such as Debunk Media, The Star Kenya Newspaper, Sinema Focus, Culture Africa, Wakilisha Africa, The Moveee, Africa in Dialogue and Afrocritik where he is a staff writer. A 2023 Pushcart Prize Nominee, Frank Njugi was named runners-up in the 2023 ILS-Fence Fellowship seminar and has previously been longlisted for the Akachi Chukwuemeka Prize for Literature 2023 and won a Sevhage-Agema Founder's Prize in 2023 as well. He was also a Sondeka Awards nominee 2023. He tweets as @franknjugi.

Ariyo Ahmad

Ariyo Ahmad is a Nigerian poet. He hails from Ogun State, Nigeria. He has poems graciously published in Kalahari Review, Iman collective, Native skin lit Mag, Rigorous, Ngiga review, Ninsha Art, Ebo Quills, Mixed Magazine, African Writers Magazine, Upwrite Magazine, Words and Whispers journals, Nymphs Magazine, Madness Muse Magazine, among others. He is a contributor to the Boys Are Not Stone Anthology, Litlight Nigeria Anthology, and others. When he is not writing, he finds himself relishing Khalil Gibran's poem and tweeting @ahmad_akanni.

Nonfiction Readers

Winifred Òdúnóku is a writer who sees writing as an art of self-expression. Her works have been published in Isele Magazine, Revista Periferias, Kalahari Review, The Moveee, Ilford Review, Nnöko Stories, Ngiga Review, Punocracy, among others. You can find her on Twitter @w1n1fr3d_.  

Kelvin Jaluo Shachile is a Kenyan creative and curator. He co-authored Hell in the Backyard and Other Stories. His writing has appeared in: The Armageddon and Other Stories Anthology, A Country of Broken Boys Anthology, The Best New African Poets 2018 Anthology, Agbowó, Writer Space Africa, Kalahari Review, Akewí and elsewhere. Long listed for African Writers Awards and shortlisted for the Wakini Kuria Prize in 2019, he got his B.A from Maasai Mara University and M.A from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology-Kenya. He is the former admin at Lolwe and worked shortly on the communications team at Agbowó.

Fiction Readers

Munachimso Ochiabutor is a writer who resides in Nigeria. He sees writing as an escape from the complexities of reality. His works have appeared in Kalahari Review, Kenga Mag, Crater Library, and Lolwe. He was a finalist for the Crystal Wilkinson Writing Prize, 2021, and was the winner of the National Entertainment Law Essay Competition, 2021. He is a Fiction Reader at Fiery Scribe Review. He also holds a First Class Law degree from the University of Nigeria Nsukka. He loves God, his niece, and books, exactly in that order.

Esther Omoye recently graduated from the University of Benin, where she held the position of Creative Coordinator at the University's Creative Writers Workshop during her final year. Her works have been published and forthcoming in Lolwe, Brittle Paper, The Hooghly Review, Vanguard, Akowdee, Green Black Tales, Lickety Split, Punocracy, One Pink Plastic Journal, and others. She tweets @omoalukheomoye

Precious Osikha began writing at the age of eight. Although her mother insists she started at six, her memories from that age are a bit hazy. Nevertheless, she still has her journals and diaries from when she was eight, which serve as a reminder of her early passion for writing. Born and raised in Nigeria, her stories explore the broken interconnectedness of cultural diversity, social injustice, discrimination, and identity amidst intriguing and compelling storylines that will keep you at the edge of your seat. She is a Legal Practitioner, award-winning author, screenwriter, book trailer creator, visual/video artist, voice-over artist, entertainer, and a bundle of talents. She teaches children and adults how to write and get paid.

Mhembeuter Jeremiah Orhemba is a Tiv/ Nigerian writer who believes he is conciousness reincarnated in a Sagittarian body. His works have appeared or are forthcoming in Lolwe, PRIDE: An Anthology of Diverse Speculative Fiction, The Shallow Tales Review, The Muse Journal and elsewhere. He emerged first-runner up for the 2021 Kreative Diadem Prize for Flash Fiction.

Poetry Readers

Ayòdéjì Israel, a poet, writer, and editor, is a Pushcart Prize nominee. He is an editor at Outlander Magazine and a reader at Fiery Scribe Review. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Channel Magazine, Sandy River Review, Whale Road Review & elsewhere. You can find him on Twitter @Ayo_einstein. 

Olusoji Obebe is a law student at the University of Benin, a creative writer & legal editor at Lawrit Journal of Law. He's twice a BoTN nominee, 3rd Prize Winner of African Human Rights Short Story Competition 2023 & Winner of Fidelis Okoro's Prize For Poetry 2024. His works are published/forthcoming in the UNBOUND anthology, The Expressionist Review, Brittle Paper, Morrab Library(UK), The Shallow Tales Review, Lumerie Review, ANA Review, Pepper Coast Lit, & elsewhere. He tweets @olusoji_obebe.

Michael Okafor is an Igbo-born writer from Nigeria. His works explore family, grief, loss, and want. He is a member of the Nwokike Literary Club. A fellow of the SprinNG Creative Writing Fellowship. A first runner-up at the 2023 SprinNG Annual Poetry Contest. His poem was longlisted for the Briefly Write Poetry Prize 2023. He has works in, or is forthcoming in Writers Space Africa, The Borderline Review, Shuzia Magazine, Riverbed Review and elsewhere. He writes from Enugu, Nigeria. You can connect with him on Instagram @okaformichael0808, and X @okaformichael0808_  

Mathew Daniel (he/him) is a poetry enthusiast, a volunteer reviewer at Writers Space Africa. His works have appeared in WSA lit mag, Olney Magazine, Konya Shamsrumi, Poetic Africa, Peppercoast Lit, and elsewhere. He tweets @MathewDaniel

Ifiokobong Etuk is a Nigerian writer, page and spoken word poet with love for everything about the intersections between places, persons and memories. He is the winner of the Eriata Oribhabor Poetry Prize 2023 and was shortlisted for the Brigitte Poirson Poetry Prize, 2023. His works are currently on The Shallow Tales Review, Fiery Scribe Review, Verum Literary Press, The Loch Raven Review, The Muse Journal, BANSI, The Peace Exhibit, with an EP of audio poems on Audiomack titled "Homecoming" all of which can be found here https://linktr.ee/k.o.q. He tweets @KINGofthe_QUILL. 

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