With a clear focus on popular culture, Expound Magazine editor and The Afro Vibe founder Wale Owoade has cooked up a platform that boasts news on travel, arts, books, history, music, film and TV, humour, fashion, food and health. The site is well designed, easy on the eye and has a mission to “connect readers to the positive vibes” on the continent.

The new mag boasts stories as diverse as a food feature on the joy of jollof rice through to a review of superstar D’Banj’s new album King Don Come, which is described as a “safe experimentation on new sounds”. They even have a feature on Nigerian author Sam Omatseye and his new book Crocodile Girl, which is about class, race, witchcraft and family.

I am definitely looking forward to seeing what The Afro Vibe will be serving up in the weeks to come.

They have quite a bit of content on Nigerian artists, which is interesting for readers
on the other end of the continent, and they’re set to expand across the diaspora. They are also establishing an international network of contributors to bring in stories. The writing style in the mag is vibrant and easy to get in to.


Potential contributors note that The Afro Vibe, which has a staff complement of five, has put out a call for submissions. You will need to submit essays and articles of between 300 and 3 000 words. The mag is interested in original and unpublished pieces. Be sure to include a short bio with your submissions, which should be sentto theafrovibe@gmail.com.