Saraba Launch : Transitions Issue
The Saraba Launch held in the exhibition hall where a small crowd congregated round Dami Ajayi and Emmanuel Iduma as they welcomed everyone and introduced the maiden 'Transitions' issue. Copies were stacked behind them and Emmanuel invited TJ Benson to read from his story in the issue 'Pretty Bird.' He walked to the center of the carpet and urged everyone to join him before he read but someone said something about bedbugs. 'Well I am not afraid of bedbugs' he said before reading some paragraphs from his story. Kola Tubosun and Temitayo Amogunla were then invited to read from their essay 'House No.57' which was inspired by, according to an introduction by Temitayo, how a space is affected by time.
Ayobami Adebayo, fiction editor for the magazine came forward to present other pieces in the magazine and read an electrifying piece from Irenosen Okojie's 'Maganata'. Emmanuel said the magazine will be published in print twice a year and would be available for purchase. In response to someone's question as to why they called it 'Saraba' Dami Ajayi said they didn't have any fixed meaning pegged on it at first but as it grew they found it meant souvenir in Hausa and other good things in other West African languages.
By the time the event was over all copies had sold out. The Saraba team thanked everyone for coming and it was officially closed with some of the contributors meeting the team and each other in person for the first time.