by Isi Esene
The award-winning Nigerian online community, The Naked Convos (TNC), has published its first collection of short stories, titled ‘These Words Expose Us: An Anthology’.
These Words Expose Us: An Anthology is a collection of stories that focus on the impact that words, especially the things we say (or don’t say) can have on our lives and relationships – exposing intimate thoughts and complex feelings. It features stories by award-winning writers like Uche Okonkwo, Osemhen Akhibi, Wole Talabi, Pamela Naaki Tetteh and Gbolahan Adeola. The unique, sensual cover which plays on the theme of words and exposure was created by Tokunbo Aworinde, an art contributor on the site.
According to Wole Talabi, author and fiction Editor at TNC, “This unique and complex collection of stories has been released for purchase today, it highlight the power of words to make us feel intensely.”
The stories are of varying lengths and styles, creating suspense and an enjoyable element of surprise to the reader.. In Orange Tree, words reveal to a young woman the truth about her father, this challenged all the feelings she has held on to about him for so long. The shortest story in the collection There, I said it, is a flash fiction elaboration of a man’s decision to cheat on his wife. In Apparitions, Nigerian grief is dissected and explored, with the final words of a grieving widow, exposing the hope in her heart. Naming describes events in the life of an emotionally detached woman when the man she is having an affair with asks her to name his unborn child. The Girl by the Window, is a disturbing story about a mother’s relationship with her troubled
daughter. In A Certain Sort of Warm Magic follows the lives of two lovers from the time they meet until one of them experiences a profound revelation. It has been described by reviewers as a truly heart-warming unconventional Nigerian love story.
Other compelling stories in the collection includes The Thing with Mr. Lawal, Business, Introducing Tristan, The Affair, Ilo’s Secret, An Afternoon at the Palms and many more, all written in unique and engaging styles.
Olawale Adetula, Founder and Online Editor at http://www.thenakedconvos.com said, “For four years, TNC has entertained, engaged and enlightened our devoted readers with original opinion pieces and stories published on our website. We have also discovered new talent by working with First Bank as well as Tolu Ogunlesi, Eghosa Imaseun, Seun Salami, Myne Whitman, Chude Jideonwo and other key Nigerian literary figures to create The Writer Competition.
Now, we have tapped into all that experience and learning to create this book.”
TheNakedConvos (TNC) is the winner of two Black Weblog Awards, multiple Nigerian Blog awards, and more.
The book is available for pre-order now at a discount from http://www.thenakedconvos.com/shop or via telephone on 08029332491.
Also available in Paperback from Amazon: http://goo.gl/EZxZMr and available for kindle e-reader on: http://goo.gl/IS8SV4. It is also available for Android and IOS smartphones via the OkadaBooks app: http://goo.gl/BgyTHx