Welcome to Olustories, an avant-garde magazine devoted to presenting critical observations of the erudite with a view to facilitating improved global awareness. It is a platform for literature, arts and entertainment featuring African artists and welcomes talented writers cultivating their craft. In addition to revealing our fascinating global village through literature and art, Olustories offers elucidating perspectives on African politics, philosophy and its sociocultural landscape. This media motivates you to simply read more.
I started writing in law school and published about one hundred articles and works in fiction and non-fiction. I also completed a collection of short stories and fiction of novel length by the time I graduated from George Washington University Law School with my Juris Doctor degree. I got a BA from Columbia University in the City of New York, and earned an MBA in Accounting and Information Systems from Troy University in Troy, Alabama, while I also studied international human rights law at Oxford University in the UK. Additionally, I did a specialization in Intellectual Property and Corporate Finance Law at Bocconi University in Milan.
My writing concerns conditions that affect humanity. I encourage you to visit Olustories often and let our storytelling relax, educate, move and thrill you.
Founder and Editor in Chief
Welcome to Raquel’s World! Thank you for visiting my page in Olustories, where I take you on a journey with me…if you guessed it – around the world. I have traveled to over fifty-five countries, spanning five continents, mostly backpacking on my own. While there have been ups and downs and a few bright spots with each adventure, every moment has been adventurous. I have been fascinated by the diversity and complexity of our global village and I have learned to embrace the commonality that binds us all as members of one human race.
I am originally from Spain and currently based in Brazil, where I am studying in my last semester at São Paulo University, while interning at the Consulate of Spain, developing original research with refugees and migrants from Venezuela and Haiti, especially women. Last year, I lived in Washington DC, where I was thrilled to attend The George Washington University and worked in consulting and diplomacy.
Because I think travel is a way to enrich ourselves as individuals and to make us more empathetic, while we have fun, I will be your guide in my travels. In addition, travel helps to unite us as one people of our one global village, therefore, I am eager to share my experiences and tips with you to help make informed choices that optimize your travels.
Higher education has given me an opportunity to immerse myself for longer spells in a number of countries, and I will use my university experiences in living and studying abroad to also help international students eager for an insight on what to expect.
Since I majored in International Affairs at the Autonomous University of Madrid, I love to share knowledge on facilitating intercultural communication, migrations and the effects of globalization on the tourism industry.
Enough said. Visit me soon for a trip around our fascinating world. It’s Raquel’s World!
Uche has a BA in Industrial Relations and Sociology from the University of Kent and an Msc in Management from the University of Surrey in the UK. She is the Managing Director of Starville Productions Limited, a record label and the Founder of Reel Radio, Nigeria’s First Online Radio Station and a Director of Straightrun Services Limited which is in the business of renewable energy. You can catch her every week on her Hit TV show, The Advocate on Plus TV Africa.
Sanya Osha holds a PhD. in Philosophy and taught the discipline in universities in Nigeria and South Africa for over a decade. Once dubbed the leading young African philosopher, he has published extensively on anthropology, cultural studies, knowledge systems of Africa, the politics of the West African region and also the sociopolitical and cultural realities of Southern Africa. He has undertaken extensive research on the discursive status of African systems of knowledge. Currently, he is studying sociological and political aspects in the field of innovations studies. As an academic, he has held the following research positions; overseas research fellow, National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF) and fellow, Centre for Rhetoric Studies, University of Cape Town, 2002; visiting scholar, Smith College, U.S.A., 2003; visiting scholar, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, September to November, 2003; visiting fellow, African Studies Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands, 2005. In addition, he was a post-doctoral scholar at the University of Kwa-Zulu-Natal, Durban for almost three years. He was also a senior researcher at the School for Graduate Studies, University of South Africa between 2007 and 2009. Between 2011 and 2012, he was a fellow of the Africa Institute for South Africa (AISA).
His previous work has appeared in Transition, Socialism and Democracy, Research in African Literatures, QUEST: An African Journal of Philosophy, Africa Review of Books and the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Fiction. In 2010, a series of his articles on knowledge appeared in the Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought. He is the author of Kwasi Wiredu and Beyond: The Text, Writing and Thought in Africa (2005), Ken Saro-Wiwa’s Shadow: Politics, Nationalism and the Ogoni Protest Movement (2007) Postethnophilosophy (2011) and African Postcolonial Modernity: Informal Subjectivities and the Democratic Consensus (2014).) He is also the editor of The Social Contract in Africa (2014).
In addition to being an academic and philosopher, Dr. Sanya Osha is a novelist and a poet. In 1992, his work, eventually published as Dust, Spittle and Wind (2011), was joint-winner of the Association of Nigerian Authors’ prize for prose. His other novels are Naked Light and the Blind Eye (2010) and An Underground Colony of Summer Bees (2012), a novel about a drug subculture set in Durban, South Africa. Another novel, On a Sad Weather-Beaten Couch, was released in 2015. He has also published a book of poetry, A Troubadour’s Thread (2013). Postethnophilosophy, his work of philosophy, received honorable mention in 2013 from the New York Association of African Studies (NYASA). He lives and works in Pretoria, South Africa.
Shiri Achu was born in Cameroon, West Africa. She and her family immigrated to London, where she lived for many years. Today, the artist, whose preferred medium is acrylic, has studios in Cameroon, the UK and the USA, where she is currently based.
After obtaining an A* and A at GCSE and “A” level Art, she went on to study Architecture at Cardiff University in Wales. Since qualifying as an Architect, Shiri longed for her paintbrush and has been actively pursuing her passion of painting.
Shiri Achu’s art comes from every day, unsurprising, yet unexpectedly vivid, moments, times, and places. She is reputed to capture the spirit of her subjects and make them come alive through form, color, texture, and tone. Shiri loves to paint carnivals scenes. Showcasing the colors and the movement, she aims to bring joy to homes!
One of the aims of Shiri Achu’s Art is to highlight the cultures of African countries worldwide. It’s also to bring back fond memories to those in the Diaspora. Shiri finds beauty in the woman carrying her child on her back and going on her way. She finds beauty in the old lady who makes her “achu” in her dark outdoor kitchen for her grandchildren. She finds beauty in the African fabrics. She finds beauty, envy even, in the young girl climbing the tree.
Shiri’s paintings reflect the beautiful simplicity of Africa and she offers this to the western world to encourage understanding of the culture and interest in travel to African nations. She is thrilled that she is achieving one of her goals of promoting the African Culture worldwide, through her art works, workshops and her annual InPrint worldwide exhibitions.
Dr. Chinny was a Resident Surgical Officer in Neurosurgery at King Faisal Medical Complex, TAIF and also was a Plastic Surgery Resident. She currently lives in the UK where she is a practicing doctor at Queens Medical Center Nottingham. Dr. Chinny loves to travel and is an excellent cook and will use her love of storytelling to help readers navigate unique themes that are yet familiar in our evolving global and sociocultural world. Having lived in India, where her mother is from and in Nigeria, where her father is from, and in Saudi Arabia and the UK, where she has worked professionally, Dr. Chinny offers a unique perspective that embraces the globe’s diversity. This is even more so given her mixed heritage as a daughter of an Indian mother and an Igbo-Nigerian father.
Dr. Chinny’s on call!
My name is Loujain Kouider. I was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan to immigrant parents of Algerian (North Africa) descent. I have a Master’s in Education with a focus on Language, Literature and Writing from University of Michigan. I currently teach English and Literature at Eastern Michigan University. I’m passionate about writing and using the power of the pen to illustrate ideas and to tackle controversial topics to bring in a different perspective. I’m one of many young educated Muslim females who proudly wears a hijab. If that doesn’t show enough strength, I’ll allow my words to speak for me in higher decibels as a means of making a nonsynchronous connection with a virtual stranger reading my work. Enjoy!
Raman is a multi-talented creative. He makes music, does stand up comedy, and writes. He is a graduate of George Washington University.
Claudia was born and raised in Mexico City and her mixed heritage—Chinese and Peruvian—helps her appreciate the world from multiple perspectives. She earned her Juris Doctor and LLM degrees from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia.
Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, Mohammad-Kazem immigrated to Canada when he was 18. After completing his studies at university level in Mechanical Engineering and Biology, he again moved to Island of Nevis in West Indies to pursue his dream of becoming a physician. He is currently finishing his M.D. in the U.S. He studies history, sociology, anthropology and political science in his spare time.
Roy Norris Lubash is a writer and student of neuroscience at Columbia University.