Paula Willie-Okafor, Staff Writer at Open Country Mag.

Paula Willie-Okafor

Staff Writer

Paula Willie-Okafor is a staff writer at Open Country Mag. For the magazine, she has written features, news stories, reviews of books and films, and longform Profiles of writers, including cover stories on Leila Aboulela and Chinelo Okparanta. She was a student at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where she was custodian of The Writers’ Community (TWC). She is now studying Media and Communication at Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja. Her writing has appeared in Kissing Dynamite Magazine and Praxis Magazine.

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December 13, 2023

The widest-read contemporary Sudanese writer is retrieving from history the stolen spaces of her country’s women, and bringing nuance to an image of Islam. In a time of war, her fiction expands a national consciousness.

August 19, 2023

Blossom Chukwujekwu puts in an indelible layered performance as a criminal defined by a deep-seated sense of manhood.

August 17, 2023

A magnetic Femi Adebayo doubles as producer and star of this story about a kingdom caught in ancestral turmoil.

July 25, 2023

The manuscript in progress has been acquired by Scribner in the US and W&N in the UK.

June 27, 2023

In two acclaimed and bestselling novels, the British Ghanaian writer and photographer has enlarged his terrain from love and art to family and memory. “I wanted to take my sentences past this thing of knowledge and more toward feeling,” he said. “It feels like a progression in the questions I’m asking, specifically around identity and Blackness, but, really, around love.”

June 8, 2023

In Prime Video’s first Africa Original, Jade Osiberu takes on forceful, compelling ideas to varying results, but most of the cast shine, especially the singer Chike.

June 8, 2023

Aided by Tobi Bakre’s AMVCA Best Drama Actor-winning turn, director Loukman Ali and producer Jade Osiberu’s shot at telling a memorable story prioritizes spectacle over relationships.

June 2, 2023

As the first published African female playwright and Ghana’s former Minister of Education, the author of No Sweetness Here and Our Sister Killjoy was admired by Chimamanda Adichie, Tsitsi Dangarembga, and popstar Burna Boy. “The decay of Africa’s social, political, and economic systems is directly related to the complete marginalization of women,” she once said.

May 14, 2023

Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad, the actress’ debut collection of stories, sold over 2,200 copies, assuring it the No. 1 spot on The Rovingheights Bestseller List: Presented with Open Country Mag. So why do these stories of failing romance connect so widely?

April 4, 2023

Ahead of its release in Nigeria, the collection about gay men just won the inaugural Republic of Consciousness Prize for the US and Canada: a highlight in a series of recognition from the Kirkus Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Story Prize, and the Lambda Awards.

December 13, 2023

The widest-read contemporary Sudanese writer is retrieving from history the stolen spaces of her country’s women, and bringing nuance to an image of Islam. In a time of war, her fiction expands a national consciousness.

August 19, 2023

Blossom Chukwujekwu puts in an indelible layered performance as a criminal defined by a deep-seated sense of manhood.

August 17, 2023

A magnetic Femi Adebayo doubles as producer and star of this story about a kingdom caught in ancestral turmoil.

July 25, 2023

The manuscript in progress has been acquired by Scribner in the US and W&N in the UK.

June 27, 2023

In two acclaimed and bestselling novels, the British Ghanaian writer and photographer has enlarged his terrain from love and art to family and memory. “I wanted to take my sentences past this thing of knowledge and more toward feeling,” he said. “It feels like a progression in the questions I’m asking, specifically around identity and Blackness, but, really, around love.”

June 8, 2023

In Prime Video’s first Africa Original, Jade Osiberu takes on forceful, compelling ideas to varying results, but most of the cast shine, especially the singer Chike.

June 8, 2023

Aided by Tobi Bakre’s AMVCA Best Drama Actor-winning turn, director Loukman Ali and producer Jade Osiberu’s shot at telling a memorable story prioritizes spectacle over relationships.

June 2, 2023

As the first published African female playwright and Ghana’s former Minister of Education, the author of No Sweetness Here and Our Sister Killjoy was admired by Chimamanda Adichie, Tsitsi Dangarembga, and popstar Burna Boy. “The decay of Africa’s social, political, and economic systems is directly related to the complete marginalization of women,” she once said.

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