Book Review – Authentic Mama

Paulina (Iye Baby) is a businesswoman/professional mistress/sugar mummy. A force of nature who rules the “red light district” of Nimbe town (so to speak). Authentic Mama takes us through maybe a year of Iye Baby’s life as she goes through a midlife crisis or realization. When the story begins, Iye Baby is on top of her game, her business is booming, her lovers are strategically placed and well-connected and she has mastered the art of bullying anyone who dares to challenge her. The blurb says the turning point is when a business deal goes bad but that isn’t really the case. […]

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Book Review – When We Speak Of Nothing By Olumide Popoola

When We Speak Of Nothing is a coming of age story about Karl, a transgender male who on top of having to deal with the constant bullying and discrimination which comes along with being different, has to take care of a mum so ill he needs a state-appointed guardian to look after him and had practically been adopted by Abu’s family. This is a pretty rough deal for anyone but Karl has Abu who more than anything is incredibly loyal to Karl and their friendship. Life isn’t perfect but there’s a co-operation between Karl and Abu. They get each other, work […]

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Book Review – Ghana Must Go By Taiye Selasi

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Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi Publisher: Penguin Books Release Date: January 2nd, 2014 Genre: Literary Fiction Format: Paperback Length: 318 Source: Bought Find It: Jumia Meet the Sais, a Nigerian-Ghanaian family living in the United States. A family prospering until the day father and surgeon Kweku Sai is victim of a grave injustice. Ashamed, he abandons his beautiful wife Fola and their little boys and girls, causing the family to fracture and spiral out into the world – New York, London, West Africa, New England – on uncertain, troubled journeys until, many years later, tragedy unites them. Now this broken family has a chance to heal – […]

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Book Review – A Conspiracy Of Ravens by Othuke Ominiabohs

A Conspiracy Of Ravens by Othuke Ominiabohs Release Date: 2016 Genre: Crime Fiction Format: Paperback Source: Bought “Chaos most times is the perfect tool for distraction” I recall my younger sister’s first words upon reading the title of the novel. She asked if the book was about a gathering of witches—Nollywood style. If those were your first thoughts, well… you are quite off the radar. A Conspiracy of Ravens is the second novel by Othuke Ominiabohs, the first being “Odufa: A Lover’s Tale”. The novel is a crime thriller set in Nigeria and it is divided into three parts. Each part deals with events that […]

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Me And My Hair – A Personal History

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When I was 7, my older sister transferred to a model college in Lagos. This school had strict rules about grooming. Everyone had to resume school with nothing more than an inch of hair on their head. I remember tagging along as my Dad escorted my sister to the barbers. Watching her cry as her glorious hair piled up on the floor. Up until that moment, I had no idea shaving my head was an option. I hated the old lady my mum took me to braid my hair every Saturday. Those sessions were nothing less than torture. Having my little head squeezed between her thighs for an hour. My hair being pulled and […]

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