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Press Release For Work Naija: The Book Of Vocations

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Press Release For Work Naija: The Book Of Vocations

Anthology: Work Naija: The Book of Vocations.


Genre: concept-based literature and visual art.


Edited by: Otosirieze Obi-Young.


Introduction by: Rotimi Babatunde.


Publisher: Brittle Paper.


Publication date: 30 June 2017.


Work Naija: The Book of Vocations is a concept-based literary and visual art project with special focus on the idea of work in Nigeria. It covers—in creative nonfiction, photography, poetry, digital art, fiction and commentary—the lives of Nigerians in 23 different professions: commercial sex workers, priests, scavengers, photographers, beggars, teachers, Keke Napep drivers, hairdressers, akara sellers, shopkeepers, barbers, culinarians, doctors, fishermen, hawkers, actors, construction workers, okada riders, musicians, morticians, cattle rearers, desert guides, and even the unemployed.


Published by Brittle Paper, the anthology is edited by Otosirieze himself, introduced by the Caine Prize-winning playwright Rotimi Babatunde, and features 21 writers and visual artists. Some of the contributors include the 2017 Brunel Prize-winning poet Romeo Oriogun, the 2017 Caine Prize-shortlisted writer Arinze Ifeakandu, the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets finalist Okwudili Nebeolisa, the 2016 Short Story Day Africa Prize-nominated writer and photographer TJ Benson, the 2016 Nigerian Students’ Poetry Prize-nominated poet Chisom Okafor, the 2017 The Critic Challenge runner-up Ife Olujuyigbe, Praxis Magazine co-founder Jennifer Emelife, the 2017 Writivism Prize nominee John “Lighthouse” Oyewale, and the writer and filmmaker Umar Turaki.


Work Naija: The Book of Vocationsis the second anthology in the Art Naija Series, a sequence of publications focusing on different aspects of Nigerian life. The first anthology, Enter Naija: The Book of Places, focuses on Nigerian cities and was published by Brittle Paperin October 2016 to mark Nigeria’s 56th Independence anniversary.


Here is the relevant download link: http://brittlepaper.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/WORK-NAIJA-THE-BOOK-OF-VOCATIONS-1.pdf


Otosirieze Obi-Young is the finalist for the 2016 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and 2017 Gerald Kraak Award and Submissions Editor at Brittle Paper.

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