Take a Seat and Enjoy The Village Square Journal

Guest Post by Amara Chimeka, Obinna Udenwe and Osemome Ndebbio Founding Editors of The Village Square Journal

Hello World!

We are pleased to welcome you to The Village Square Journal. A village square is more than just a venue, it is a catalyst of sorts for the arts, and all forms of its expression. The Village Square Journal seeks to be a hub where play and artistic display come together to thrill and thrive, as well a compendium of sorts for culture preservation. It also looks forward to being a fulcrum of the promotion and appreciation of all forms of visual arts, contemporary literature and politics

We feel honoured to launch our website with works from the finest selection of literary artists across the globe. Click on our fiction tab, and time travel with Jayne Bauling’s “Ancient Words.” It promises to be a smooth trip with the first 2000 words of Karen Jennings’ novel in progress, Crooked Seeds waiting to intrigue you aussi. Our essay tab is just as titillating, as there you will read multiple-award winning author and academic, Helon Habila.

Then there is a super informative opinion piece from Trish Nicholson based on her research on the history of famous women from the Stone Age to the 20thcentury that cuts across Egypt, Northern Nigeria, Scotland, Ethiopia, and India.

Our poetry tab will lead you to two profound poems. One from Toni Stuart that addresses the strength of women and another from Richard Inya on immigration and the fate of migrants trying to cross the Red Sea.

Follow our interview editor to Cameroon as she interviews Patrice Nganang, the professor recently incarcerated by Paul Biya, and read her conversation with Julie Owono, a human rights activist/lawyer based in Paris, France.

There is also the conversation between two of our editors and two editors of The Temz Review, Amy Mitchell and Aaron Schneider. We also thought you would want to have a yummy laugh, so we served you our Cameroon vs Nigeria Jollof War.

This outing would be impossible but for the brilliance, commitment and dedication of our contributing editors; Ngum Ngafor, Noma Sibanda and Nora Vasconcelos. We also wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to the members of our advisory board; Ivor Hartman, Viola Llewellyn, Professor Akachi Ezeigbo and Sian Ejiwumi-Le Berre.

We look forward to your feedback and to constantly serving the finest selection of literary pieces.


The Village Square Journal Team



Traveling minds on commuting trains

By Nora Vasconcelos

Books on the go.
Books on the go.
For years and years I’ve been reading on the city trains and busses while commuting to and from work but it’s been until recently when I’ve realized how amazing its the ability of our minds to travel free to faraway places while reading a book in a confine crowded book.

For the past month, I’ve been reading a book places in New Orleans, I city I’ve been lucky enough to have visited, enjoyed and in the end loved, thanks to its colorful architecture, its delicious food, its some times melancholic and some many other times lively music and its unique people.

The image of this city that remain in my memory have been getting more and more alive while going through the pages of this mystery book called Murder in a minor key, which is part of the series of books Murder She wrote by the fictional author Jessica Fletcher (main character of the old TV series under the same title) and her writing partner in real life, Donald Bain.

It doesn’t matter how crowded, uncomfortable or noise the bus/train is, my mind is happily wandering around the streets of New Orleans (with the constant risk of missing my stop), seeing the places that are referred to, listening to the magical sounds that come from the jazz performers and enjoying all those delicious smells that come from the family kitchens and the restaurants.

As the parade continues on Bourbon Street and the suspense rises at a funeral home, I’m a few pages away from finishing the book and I have to say, I don’t have the finest idea who the guilty part could be.

Of course, I can’t wait to see how the story develops at the end, but, as the big mystery-book fan as I am, I’m not willing to ruin the excitement of learning all the secrets to come by advancing fast with my reading. On the contrary, I’m patiently waiting to discover, page by page, all the mysteries that are to come, and of course, enjoying my last imaginary days in New Orleans (while traveling on the bus/train), while Mrs. Fletcher is still there.

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