On April 14, 2014 Boko Haram insurgents audaciously stormed the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State in Nigeria. In the aftermath, 219 girls were taken away and remained in captivity. It sparked a global advocacy demanding for the rescue of the girls. A year into the abductions, Oyekoya Opeyemi decided to ride his bicycle across West Africa as his way of keeping the issue of the girls in the public domain. The account of that ride is featured as a travelogue in this edition, a few weeks from the activities marking the fourth year of 112 of the girls still in the hands of Boko Haram.
The bicycle motif continues in the short stories by Alexis Elewa, Abigail Abenu, and Chimezie Onwubalili. These stories were initially written as part of the Abuja Writers’ Forums writing challenge series.
Drama gets a look in for the first time, with an excerpt from the new play by Mark Ralph-Bowman, as he explores the role of international NGOs in Africa.
Issue 3 has a clutch of fine poems, exciting stories, revealing biography excerpt, thrilling travelogue pieces and insightful book reviews from established and new writers. And this is part of the joy of running a journal like Dugwe, finding new voices with potential.
Dugwe:online quarterly literary journal
No 3 (April – June, 2018)
Poetry : Sodiq Alabi, Hauwa Shaffii, Ololade Ajayi, Kenny Fischer, Lillian Olaitan Abiodun, Muhammad Mayaki, Isaac Yongo and Sirajo Illo Abdulaazeez.
Fiction : Alexis Elewa, Abigail Abenu, Grace Okpo, Chimezie Onwubalili, Abigail Anaba and Louis Ogbere.
Drama : Mark Ralph-Bowman.
Book Review : Mike Ekunno,Ola Taju, Aliso Data Phido and Segun Ozique.
Interview : Paul Liam.
Biography : E. E. Sule.
Travelogue : Michaela Moye and Opeyemi Oyekoya
Emman Usman Shehu