None of us quite expected to be real-time witnesses of a pandemic.
But in the year of 2020, as the universe saw it fit, a pandemic enveloped the world. And with it came a lot of readjustments and bewilderments. As if a pandemic isn’t enough, everything else is bleeding. 2020 has to be the year of protests happening everywhere. Death, loss, pain. Reminds me of
Warsan Shire’s poem:

“later that night
I held an atlas in my lap
ran my fingers across the whole world and whispered
where does it hurt?

it answered everywhere everywhere everywhere.”

It is evident in Amoafoa-Smart’s telling of the trauma attached to blackness in Mozart Park, the imprint illness and death in numbers leaves on you in Ernestina Edem Azah’s Adult ward, which lens to view a country that is always drawing blood in Jay Kophy’s Autopsy.

– It hurts everywhere.

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Ama Asantewa Diaka
Editor. Creative Director