How do you make use of the time lapses during daily commutes or unexpected long waits? Our smartphones offer a variety of things we can do from social media to gaming and surfing the web. For book lovers, carrying a book along is very common. But reading paper books on the go can be quite uncomfortable, trying to tuck books in and out of bags between interruptions. These websites with stories (fiction and nonfiction) are a great companion for readers. And if you’re in love with stories set in Nigeria, you’ll find most of them here.
Adda is a collection of selected stories from the international community of Commonwealth Writers and aimed at reaching readers from around the globe. Writers of Nigerian descent whose works have been published on Adda include Akwaeke Emezi, Helon Habila, Socrates Mbamalu and Kevin Eze.
On Afreada, reading is nothing short of crisp, fun and suspense-filled. I totally enjoyed Nnenna by Adaobi Onyeakagbu and Manna by Uche Okonkwo.
African Writer is all about publishing works from emerging and established African writers about Africa, home and abroad. Each category has a number of selections that make a good read.
Challenging cultural stereotypes, Ankara Press stories meet the taste of readers who are tired of hearing the same stories of male dominance. Set in African cities, the stories are romantic, the heroines are independent and the male characters are not intimidated by the assertiveness of the female protagonists. To read collections you will need to have an e-reader app (available on Google Play and Apple stores) on your phone.
Online Nigerian entertainment and information magazine Bella Naija also has a platform for publishing fiction. Stories can be found under the tag BN Prose on the website.
In addition to reviews, news, and announcements on African literature, Brittle Paper also publishes short story fiction and useful information with links to anthologies you wouldn’t love to miss.
This social network of Nigerian writers is a large pool of stories that are well-categorized to help readers make their choices. Most of the works are fiction- novels, flash fiction, novel excerpts, series; and also poetry, book reviews and memoirs. They also have e-books which can be downloaded for free or bought at a very little cost on Okada books.
To read something different, visit Omenana for African science fiction and fantasy. Few African writers explore this space, but if you love the likes of Nnedi Okoroafor or Ben Okri stories, Omenana is the go-to place for short bits.
International journal of the arts and literature Per Contra offers readers more than one way of looking at the world. Like Adda Stories, there’s something refreshing about experiencing different cultures across continents as you move from one story to another. Nigerian writers who have their works in this journal include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Victor E. Ehikhamenor, Sefi Attah, Chika Unigwe, and Lesley Nneka Arimah amongst others.
This literary magazine features the best of new writers from Nigeria and across Africa. Works which include fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and photography can be read or viewed online or issues can be downloaded in pdf and read as offline magazines. Saraba Issues are certainly a treasure.
The Kalahari Review
From around the African continent, The Kalahari Review tells African stories by Africans. Losing Anwuli by Nnamdi Anyadu which won the Igby Prize for Nonfiction is one to read over and over.
The Naked Convos
Designed to foster open and honest conversations for Nigerians via opinion pieces, short stories, polls, poetry, and serialised fiction, The Naked Convos is a site to reckon with. For readers who want to engage in meaningful discussions, the community is a truly interactive one.