Jalada 05 / Transition 123 Special Issue Now Available!

We are excited to announce that the long-awaited special issue of Transition is now available on JSTOR! Transition, the international journal of politics, culture, and ethnicity, has partnered with the Pan-African writer’s collective, Jalada, to gather, support, and publish new writing talent. 

Jalada 05 / Transition 123 was conceived in 2015 at the Writivism festival in Uganda, where Transition’s Managing Editor, Sara Bruya, met several members of the Jalada collective. From a mutual desire to collaborate, this issue on the theme of FEAR emerged as an opportunity to build on each other's strengths and access points to a global readership. Contributors were asked to reflect on our phobias, the things that make us human or, indeed, inhuman. Our fears, and the dance between fear and fearlessness, shape how we live, how we interact, and how we conceptualize ourselves and others. They shape the stories we tell.

To celebrate this special issue, read the following pieces for free!

Fear in the Age of DisplacementFear in the Age of Displacement 
Ishtiyaq Shukri expands upon intimate experiences of belonging and displacement in an enumeration of his fears for Africa and the world—from the mercenaries hired to bring “safety” to university campuses to the threats of terror and global warming in a “post-truth” era.

On Being an African IntellectualOn Being an African Intellectual
In this 1970 essay, Transition founding editor Rajat Neogy criticizes those deemed African intellectuals by “notebook and pencil” visitors, distinguishing them from those Independence-era thinkers (himself included) who defended freedom of thought in the face of authoritarian suppression of dissent.

Fear and CourageFear and Courage
Tommie Shelby and Cornel West discuss alienation, fear, courage, and the power of movements in the black political tradition in the United States.



DamnedGiftsDamned. Gifts.
“Missing mothers loom large. It took writing a poem for the mirror to finally reflect back and I saw Mama clearly.” A reflection by Wanjeri Gakuru.



Last Night In AsabaLast Night In Asaba
Fiction from Chike Frankie. Edozien grew up in Lagos, Nigeria and loves traveling across Africa.




TRS 123More from the Jalada 05 / Transition 123 

Ellah Wakatama Allfrey

Summer Maze
Leila Aboulela

Fear in the Age of Displacement
Ishtiyaq Shukri

Instructions in Times of Emergency/The Lake Behind You/Makak
Danielle Legros Georges

On Being an African Intellectual
Rajat Neogy

His Excellency
I.O. Echeruo

In A Fisted Universe
Enzo Silon Surin

Feeling Precarious
Rudo Mudiwa

Olajide Salawu

Children of the Light Fellowship
Francesca Ekwuyasi

David Ishaya Osu

Fear and Courage
Tommie Shelby and Cornel West

Ireh Iyioha

Gulu-Kasese/Mourning Kaka's Craft 
Lillian Akampurira Aujo

Damned. Gifts.
Wanjeri Gakuru

Last Night In Asaba
Chike Frankie Edozien

In Search of Black Italia
Camilla Hawthorne

Boy Soldier and the Night 
Wale Owoade

Head Master 
Paul Theroux

Earth/Clowns Dancing Under a Blue Tent
E. Ethelbert Miller

Mandula Republic
Umar Abubakar Sidi

Hapuya Ononime

The Pier
Nakhane Touré