OCM Reissues Covers of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Teju Cole, Damon Galgut, Tsitsi Dangarembga, & Maaza Mengiste
Open Country Mag Reissues Covers of African Literary Icons

Open Country Mag Reissues Covers of African Literary Icons

OPEN COUNTRY MAG’s first 14 months produced results that were unprecedented in the African literary scene, and that met our mission to publish essential, in-depth stories from the continent, and to contextualize them in the global conversation through literary journalism as good as any elsewhere.

We were fortunate to secure exclusive cover stories with the most important African writers at work today: from Tsitsi Dangarembga (Dec. 2020) and Maaza Mengiste (Jan. 2021) to Teju Cole (Jul. 2021) and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Sept. 2021), and, early this year, Damon Galgut (Feb. 2022), after his Booker Prize win.

The covers were minimalist in design, modest: greyscale images with unicolour text. And white.

  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Is on the September 2021 Cover of Open Country Mag. Photo by Manny Jefferson.
  • TEJU COLE IS ON THE JULY 2021 COVER OF OPEN COUNTRY MAG. IMAGE CREDIT: OLIVER ABRAHAM. COVER DESIGN: OPEN COUNTRY MAG.
  • Damon Galgut Is on the February 2022 Cover of Open Country Mag. Photo by Michaela Verity.
  • Tsitsi Dangarembga is on the December 2020 cover of Open Country Mag.
  • Maaza Mengiste is on the January 2021 cover of Open Country Mag.

For our debut special issue, THE NEXT GENERATION (April 2022), which profiles 16 writers and curators who influenced literary culture in the last six years, we found a new aesthetic: our long name initialed to OCM, embedded in rich green ankara. It is the work of the multidisciplinary designer Emeka Ugwu.

Open Country Mag - The Next Generation of African Literature Covers Open Country Mag. First cover designed by Emmimade Studio.

As we approach our second anniversary this December, we are now reissuing our previous five covers in our new style: boldly colourful, audacious, maximalist to the T: an attitude that better represents our next direction.

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Tsitsi Dangarembga (Dec. 2020)

Tsitsi Dangarembga Is on the Dec. 2020 Cover of Open Country Mag. Reissued Cover.

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Maaza Mengiste (Jan. 2021)

Maaza Mengiste Is on the Jan. 2021 Cover of Open Country Mag. Reissued Cover.

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Teju Cole (July 2021)

Teju Cole Is on the July 2021 Cover of Open Country Mag. Reissued Cover.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Sept. 2021)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Is on the Sept. 2021 Cover of Open Country Mag. Reissued Cover.

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Damon Galgut (Feb. 2022)

Damon Galgut Is on the Feb. 2022 Cover of Open Country Mag. Reissued Cover.

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Reissuing our covers is part of our rebranding, which began with our new logo, with its serif, sans serif, and gothic typefaces.

Our new identity is localized and internationalist, vibrant and futuristic, and, above all, unique.

We love it, and hope that you, our readers, do, too.

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