“Fruit of the Calabash” in Brittle Paper’s Africanfuturist Anthology!

I know writers are often advised not to write stories based on dreams but this is advice I tend to ignore. “Fruit of the Calabash” is something I initially dreamed of, I recall hastily jotting down memories of the creepy dream before it faded. This was long before it grew to become this story about fertility (or the lack thereof), the desire for children and stars.

Many thanks to Wole Talabi for inviting me to submit to the Africanfuturist Anthology and for carefully editing my story. You can read my story by clicking on the button below or if you prefer to, download the entire anthology (PDF) here.

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Read “To Say Nothing of Lost Figurines”

New story alert! I’m in the Dominion anthology of speculative fiction with awesome writers like Nuzo Onoh, Suyi Davies Okungbowa and Dilman Dila.

In 2018, I was accepted into the Clarion West workshop (and my drive to continue writing was refilled). “To Say Nothing of Lost Figurines” was the first story I wrote at the workshop. It’s also the first time I attempted writing something funny. From the reviews coming in, I may have succeeded in this!

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