May is a month full of celebrations which remind us of the importance of community, such as Labour Day, Children’s Day and Democracy Day. In this month’s newsletter, ZODML welcomes our latest batch of National Youth Service Corps members, shares the story of an unexpected strike on the day of the symposium held in honour of Chinua Achebe, and recommends a book by a writer from the wider African family. As always, we welcome feedback and questions sent to (and don’t forget to tell a friend to subscribe!). Our short story contest is on-going - be sure to enter and pass on the details to interested friends and family. The prompt for the next edition is: “The story should feature a fugitive from the law”. You have until June 20, so get writing!
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Welcome, Corpers, to ZODML!

Service to our community is central to ZODML’s mission. In keeping with this, the organisation hosts National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members every year who play a vital role in the success of our projects...Read More

Book Recommendation

The Hairdresser of Harare by Tendai Huchu

Contemporary African fiction has continued to go from strength to strength in recent years and Tendai Huchu’s debut novel The Hairdresser of Harare is no exception to the trend...Read More


Of Abuja, Achebe and Airplanes by Kenechi Uzochukwu

You know you had arrived in Abuja by the slack in activities and movement. The place is calm, at peace with itself. Hausa is in the air, subliminally present; one can almost see the sonorous language floating above the tree tops...Read More

On the ZODML Blog

A Trip Down Memory Lane: Nigerian Children’s Entertainment Then and Now by Morayo Oshodi

I was privileged to have been born in the late ‘80s and to have grown up during the ‘90s. At the time, there were several local Nigerian television stations springing up...Read More

Short Story

A Losing Game by Amina Kuta

My father was a gambling man. He was able to hide his habit from my mother until after they were married, something which she, raised in a family of ne’er-do-well men and hard-eyed women, cursed herself for not noticing in good time...Read More

Call for Short Stories

Do you have a flair for writing? Fancy yourself as the next Chimamanda Adichie? Then send your short stories to us and you could win a prize and have your work feature in our newsletter! Learn More

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