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Language is Never Neutral

Language can be an explosive device or a tool of liberation and that's why we must stay vigilant about how it's used.

"Are you a believer," a person who has read some my work asks.

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Dalmany (Slave Belonging to Mr. Dalman), Auguste Edouart (French, 1789–1861)

Laitan's Story: Spare Me Your Outrage Over Libyan Slavery

Nigerian novelist Elnathan John points out the hypocrisy of those who would condemn slavery in Libya while ignoring it in their own yard.

If there was someone whose life at once confounded and saddened me, it was Laitan's. In the low cost housing complex of my adolescence, in flats connected in rows by low fences with rough plaster finish, conversations scaled over walls and secrets across fences.

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Born On A Tuesday: An Excerpt From The Novel By Elnathan John

An excerpt from the new novel by Nigerian writer Elnathan John.

Photo Illustration by Aaron Leaf.

I see it and the walls of Umma’s room come back to me, when she still had words in her mouth and life in her eyes. That is the only memory I want.

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