Cover Reveal: Arinze Ifeakandu’s God’s Children Are Little Broken Things

The collection of stories about Nigerian gay men, which arrives June 2022, is now available for pre-order.
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Arinze Ifeakandu's short story collection, God's Children Are Little Broken Things. Cover design by Rodrigo Corral Studio. Art by Jah Grey.

Cover design by Rodrigo Corral Studio. Art by Jah Grey.

A Public Space Books has revealed the cover of Arinze Ifeakandu’s short story collection God’s Children Are Little Broken Things, the first by a Nigerian to explore being gay. The book will be published in the U.S. in June 2022.

The cover design is by Rodrigo Corral Studio, with the art by Jah Grey.

A Public Space managing editor Megan Cummins told Open Country Mag, “When I first shared this beautiful cover, Arinze described it as ‘stricken, yet self-comforting.’ I love the idea of this very human quality: that through pain, one’s heart is always trying to heal. Arinze Ifeakandu’s debut is just that: a source of healing and warmth and love; and this is the perfect cover to hold these stories.”

The nine stories in God’s Children Are Little Broken Things are set in Nigeria and explore love and being young in a country in strife. In a spotlight feature last year, Ifeakandu told Open Country Mag: “They contain the towns and cities that have shaped or briefly charmed me, and for whom I have such complicated love. Kano features a lot, especially Sabon Gari where I grew up, where I have the deepest roots. Next to that, you have Nsukka; Abuja features in one story, Lagos in another. Young people are smoking weed and dreaming about ‘making it’ in Nsukka and Kano, too!”

Arinze Ifeakandu by Bec Stupak Diop.
Arinze Ifeakandu by Bec Stupak Diop.

Ifeakandu sees God’s Children Are Little Broken Things as joining in “insisting upon our existence” like other Nigerian books about being queer.

“Hopefully,” he said, “my people will claim this book and find company in it. I want to be read by everyone, but they really are the ones I write for. Homophobia in Nigeria is violent in the ways it deletes queerness, treating us as unreal, foreign. All these books are telling unique Nigerian stories and saying, ‘Here I am, queer, and very, very Naija.’”

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You can pre-order the book via A Public Space Books.

Otosirieze Obi-Young
Otosirieze Obi-Young, a writer, culture journalist, curator, and media consultant, is the founder and editor of Open Country Mag. He was editor of Folio Nigeria, CNN’s exclusive media affiliate in Africa, and has led or joined editorial teams at a host of platforms and projects in African literature. He has written about the Nigerian culture scene, covering innovation in over 20 fields including art, music, tech, sports, cuisine, fashion, journalism, sculpture, beauty, health, and activism. In literature, his Profile subjects have included Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Teju Cole, Damon Galgut, and Tsitsi Dangarembga. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He sat on the judging panel of The Morland Scholarship, a British grant for African writers, and currently chairs the panel of The Gerald Kraak Prize, a South African initiative for storytelling about gender, sexuality, and social justice. He has an MA in African Studies and a BA in English and History from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. He is currently studying for an MFA at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. In 2019, he received the inaugural The Future Awards Africa Prize for Literature. In 2020, he was named among “The 100 Most Influential Young Nigerians” by Avance Media. Twitter & Instagram: @otosirieze. Website: otosirieze.com.

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