- “To the Follower of Cheikh Bamba Whom I Met in Dakar.” Off Assignment.
- “‘Gone Like a Meteor’: Epitaph for the Lost Youth of the Biafran War.” New York Review of Books Daily.
- “Beyond the Sea.” Art in America.
- “What Would Tutuola Do?” On Amos Tutuola. Tate Papers.
- “How to Be an African Travel Writer in Africa?” LitHub.
- “Letters to Lina Iris Viktor.” BOMB.
- “Photographer of Bonny.” Art in America.
- “The Colonizer’s Archive is a Crooked Finger.” Catapult.
- “Anatomy of a Crowd.” British Journal of Photography (on Lorenzo Vitturi’s photo-book, Money Must Be Made, to which I contributed a glossary.)
- “The Work of Time.” BOMB.
- “The Spiritual Photographs Khadija Saye Left Behind.” Hyperallergic.
- “Making Time.” Catalogue essay, Nigerian pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2017.
- “The Sum of Encounters.” Carnegie Int’l, 57th ed., 2018.
- “My Life as a Wave.” Open Space, guest-edited by ARTS.BLACK.
- “Fiction/Non Fiction: ‘Recent Histories’ Presents Documentary-Based Photography from Africa.” ARTNews.
- “Here Comes the Stranger.” On The Stranger’s Notebook by Dawit L. Petros at the Kansas City Art Institute.
- “The Promise of Mutability.” Brooklyn Rail.
- “In Multiple Dimensions: On Photography from Africa and the African Diaspora, in New York.” ARTNews
- “The Self-Portraits of Samuel Fosso,” “Shifting States,” & “The Wealth of Nations.” Guernica.
- Tribute essays to Malick Sidibé: “Meeting Malick,” in Contemporary And and “Malick Sidibé, Always” in Okayafrica.
- “Ingrid Winterbach’s The Elusive Moth” in Music & Literature
- “Notes on Double Negative by Ivan Vladislavić,“ “Sentences for Carrie Mea Weems, “Glancing Subjects,” “In the Interests of the Future of Photography,” & “An Imagination of Terror” (translated into Swedish in SvD Kultur.) Africanah.
- A Sum of Encounters: narrative essays on Nigerian artists, developed with support from the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program: Nengi Omuku, Abraham Oghobase, Qudus Onikeku, Rahima Gambo, Victor Ehikhamenor, Akinbode Akinbiyi, Sokari Ekine, and Okwui Okpokwasili. (2018–2019)
- Essays on historical and contemporary photographs from, in, and around Nigeria, in The Trans-African. (2016)
- The short reflective essays I wrote for Invisible Borders in 2014 and 2016 while traveling across African countries can be found on the Invisible Borders website. Also, “Trans-Wander,” (2013) an essay on travel and imagined romance. (In Another Africa, a review of the essay by Moses Serubiri.)
- As writer-in-residence for Platform 2015: Dancers, Buildings and People in the Streets, I wrote weekly essays on the workshops, performances, and dance events.
- Until 2015, I kept a blog on this site.
INTERVIEWS & CONVERSATIONS
- “Sublime Particulars.” An interview for Sampsonia Way.
- “A Place is Illumined in and by Absence.” In conversation with Kọlá Túbọ̀sún. Brittle Paper.
- “Being a Writer.” In conversation with Wana Udobang. The Sole Adventurer.
- “The ways movement can and cannot heal.” An interview with Caitlin L. Chandler, in Africa is a Country.
- In conversation with Lidudumalingani on A Stranger’s Pose, in Johannesburg Review of Books.
- Interview on Literandra, on A Stranger’s Pose.
- “The Man and the Writer.” Interview by Franklin Ugobude in The Guardian, Nigeria.
An interview in The Cable (Nigeria) on A Stranger’s Pose
A profile of my work with Saraba by Anakwa Dwamena in Africa is a Country.
- “Can African Critics Rewrite the Story of African Photography?” A conversation with M. Neelika Jayawardane on photography criticism, for the Aperture blog / Contemporary And.
- On The Trans-African: With Jennifer Krasinski for Degree Critical, and An Paenhuysen for Contemporary&
- A conversation with Moses Serubiri and Ndinda Kioko on writing for The Trans-African
- With Yinka Elujoba in World Literature Today following the release of The Sound of Things to Come
- A conversation with Adebiyi Olusolape in Enkare Review following the release of The Sound of Things to Come
- A conversation with Tolu Daniel in Afridiaspora following the release of The Sound of Things to Come
- Clifton Gachagua, in Wasafiri
- Rotimi Babatunde, in Wasafiri
- Maaza Mengiste, in Wasafiri
- Shailja Patel, in Wasafiri, and translated into Italian
- Yvonne Owuor, in Saraba
- Eric Gottesman, in Africa is a Country
- François-Xavier Gbré (with Brendan Wattenberg), in Another Africa
- Namsa Leuba, in the Aperture blog
- Nengi Omuku, in Degree Critical
- Andrew Esiebo, in Okayafrica
- Abraham Oghobase in Degree Critical
- Kelani Abass in Degree Critical
- Emeka Okereke, in New African Magazine.
- Akinbode Akinbiyi, in Chimurenga
- Launch of A Stranger’s Pose at MFA Art Writing graduate program, School of Visual Arts, New York.
- In conversation with Teju Cole, MFA Art Writing graduate program, School of Visual Arts, New York.
- “Dear Photo Lover,” at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London.
- Launch of Saraba Magazine’s print issue at the MFA Art Writing graduate program, School of Visual Arts, New York.
- In conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London.
- A conversation with Neelika Jayawardane, Sean O’Toole, and Lerato Bereng, at the Armory Show.