It is 2023.
But the world is still recovering from the pandemic and Africa is not left out. The pandemic, the lock downs, and the fight for survival may be long gone but the memories of those moments still linger. The pandemic was a defining moment for the world and, indeed, for Africa as well. Today, our narratives remind us that we are still alive. That we survived, and that we have stories to tell. Stories we can imagine, write, and document.
The contributing writers to this issue have distilled their creativity, and though they paint different pictures, it’s undeniable that the fabrics of their writings are sewn with yarns drawn from the society. Fatima’s “As Brave as His Own” explores several facets of the hard talks in our society – young love, betrayals, reconciliations, and self-discovery. And in “Cicatrix”, Olalekan takes the reader on a sojourn through pain and darkness. In “Baptism,” he did not let up as he painted, still, a picture of pain, hope and trust.
“Aubade with Lavender Rush”, a poem written by Fatihah, tells a story of joy and redemption, a sharp contrast, pulling the reader into a beautiful “…handshakes with dews.” Ben Nardolilli’s “Biblical Episodes” then goes ahead to espouse dreams of purpose and ideas. While “Into Ashes,” Salim Yakubu Akko reminds readers how terror and war devastates and ruins joyful families. “To be the Shape of my Prayers” by Muhammed Sanni Olowonjoyin takes us on a journey of self-discovery. And finally, Chinua Ezenwa-Ohaeto’s “Odinaka” takes us through a riveting narrative of loneliness, friendship, mental health, and family.
Each contributor painted a vivid picture, and they are giving readers the opportunity to appreciate their distinct artistry. This #16 of Lunaris Review would help you reflect on life, pain, and survival.