It is with both humility and pleasure that I write this introductory piece for African Nebula ONLINE. Let me tell you the story of this journal. It began early in 2007 when Nebula: A Journal of Multidisciplinary Scholarship took on a bright and diligent young scholar, Dr Olukoya Ogen, who offered his expertise to the editorial board voluntarily. In the three years that passed, Olukoya and I worked closely, together with our fellow board members, to produce one issue after another of our deeply multifaceted journal. Olukoya and I began to notice a pattern that disturbed us a little. There was a tremendous volume of literature being sent to us, predominantly from Nigerian scholars, looking for a home for their work. At Nebula alone we simply did not have the capacity to meet the demand that was out there for an online, open-access, top-tier and peer reviewed African Studies journal. I left Dr Ogen with the suggestion that we should address this issue by offering regular themed issues of Nebula focused on Africa. And yet, we thought, to do this would be going against the original plan for Nebula, a journal fascinated by borderlessness and diversity. His response to this challenge was to consult his colleagues at the College of Humanities and Culture at Osun State University, whereupon Olukoya organised a distinguished editorial board and a generous grant from his college to put African Nebula in print on a bi-annual basis. Many of our Nebula contributors over the years have expressed to me how much they appreciate Dr Ogen's constructive and intensive comments on their work. His mentorship has been invaluable. Our project here, hosted at the domain nobleworld.biz (we couldn't get .net, I personally loathe our .biz!) is to be facilitators, to respond to the demands of the academic world without commercial intent and to be committed to the best scholarship can offer. We at these two Nebulae are grateful for our abilities to collaborate over the gulf and challenges of space, culture, language and whatever else that occupies the vast distance between me here on the middle eastern coast of the Australian continent, and Dr Ogen in the beautiful and lush parts of south-western Nigeria, in Osogbo.