Naija Punx: 4 Interviews with Nigerian-American Punk Rockers
ed. Osa Atoe
24 pg. at quarter-letter size
$2 from Mend My Dress Press
Like many, I was saddened to hear that Issue 6 was to be the final issue of Shotgun Seamstress, the amazing zine by and about black punks. However, the editor had another trick up her sleeves, and surprised everyone by putting out “issue 6 1/2”: Naija Punx.
The editor describes herself as being first-generation American, born of Nigerian parents. In this zine, she interviews three other people who identify as Nigerian-American punks, and interviews herself as well for good measure. One of the interviewees had written a neat article in Shotgun Seamstress #6 about the punk scene in Brazil.
Topics the interviewees were asked about include identifying as Nigerian-American vs. Black, whether they identify more with Black Americans whose ancestors were slaves, or with other immigrants or children of immigrants. They talk about being proud of your origins without being nationalistic, about visiting Nigeria and experiencing poverty that “puts American discussions about class in a different light”, and what their families think about their being punks.
This is available from Mend My Dress Press, who also put out the amazing anthology of Shotgun Seamstress, which anyone who likes zines or life should own. It’s a short zine, but an interesting and thought-provoking read.
- Lily Pepper