It is arguable that justice is as sweet as revenge, or even sweeter. Justice, after all, is civilized revenge metedwith a communal consent. Humanity has a raving appetite for Justice.

Nigeria, like many countries, is however starved of justice. Justice cannot be found in the rusted lead-pipes of judicial bureaucracy, in the cavernous courtrooms with termite-eaten wooden docks. Justice has retired from these places. Justice has relocated to the jungle, to the hearts of hapless civilians, to the aggregation of market stalls, to rundown beer parlours and still, Justice is neither  satisfied nor safe. Justice is chased, taunted, trampled upon daily; as crude bombs are detonated, Justice is shattered, mangled, ripped apart. The dark pun in D’Angelo’s lyrics comes to mind, “Ain’t no justice, just us.”

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3/Ain’t No Justice, Just Us/Publishers’ Note

 

FICTION

17/Sons and Mothers/Chioma Iwunze Ibiam

 

NON-FICTION

5/Of Similitude and Verisimilitude/Tade Ipadeola

55/Letter To A War President/Victor Ehikhamenor

74/Needing This Revolution/Emmanuel Iduma

 

POETRY

3/In The Abyss/Jumoke Verissimo

4/Émigré (1)/Jumoke Verissimo

27/The Old River Bank/Tonye Willie-Pepple

29/Intervention/Ugochukwu Agodom

31/Brilliance/Nnandez Aniagudo

35/Does Nigeria Need Sherwood Forests?/Lore Adebola

40/What Caused The Maidens’ Laughter/Joshua Osemenho

41/The Hieroglyphical Origin of My Identity/Changming Yuan

42/Retooling The Memories/Suseela Ravi

54/Masquerades/Frank-Ito Hilary

61/Wordgasm/Daniel Gonzales

 

VISUAL ART

1, 75-79, 81/#OccupyNigeria Re-Viewed/Aderemi Adegbite & Ray-Daniels Okeugo

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