Happy New Year!!!
One of my many resolutions for 2017 is to read more new books by contemporary African Authors. In that spirit, I have decided to start a monthly feature on new books out of Africa.
Feel free to add any new books you know will be published in January 2017 in the comments below.
Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor
I haven’t read the first instalment yet, still patiently waiting for new book mail. However, I have heard so many good things about Binti Nnedi Okorafor also won a Hugo Award for it in 2016; so I’m really excited to get into it. This second instalment will be released on the 31st of January 2017.
Here’s the Synopsis:
It’s been a year since Binti and Okwu enrolled at Oomza University. A year since Binti was declared a hero for uniting two warring planets. A year since she found friendship in the unlikeliest of places.
And now she must return home to her people, with her friend Okwu by her side, to face her family and face her elders.
But Okwu will be the first of his race to set foot on Earth in over a hundred years, and the first ever to come in peace.
After generations of conflict can human and Meduse ever learn to truly live in harmony?
Welcome To Lagos by Chibundu Onuzo
Chibundu Onuzo is the author of The Spider King’s Daughter. Another book by a young Nigerian I haven’t read yet. Don’t you just love the cover of this new book?!
Here is a brief summary of her new book:
When army officer Chike Ameobi is ordered to kill innocent civilians, he knows that it is time to leave. As he travels towards Lagos, he becomes the leader of a new platoon, a band of runaways who share his desire for a better life.
Their arrival in the city coincides with the eruption of a political scandal. The education minister, Chief Sandayo, has disappeared and is suspected of stealing millions of dollars from government funds.
After an unexpected encounter with the Chief, Chike and his companions must make a choice. Ahmed Bakare, editor of the failing Nigerian Journal, is desperate for information. But perhaps the situation is more complex than it appears.
As moving as it is mesmerising, Welcome to Lagos is a novel about the power of our dreams for the future and the place of morality in a sometimes hostile world.
Radio Sunrise by Anietie Isong
Anietie Isong is a former journalist with Radio Nigeria. His debut novel, Radio Sunrise, will be published on the 6th of January by Jacaranda books.
‘Never cover an assignment without collecting a brown envelope,’ Boniface had said. ‘It is a real life saver for all journalists in this country.’
Ifiok, a young journalist working for the government radio station in Lagos, aspires to always do the right thing. But the odds seem to be stacked against him.
Government pressures cause the funding to his radio drama to get cut off. His girlfriend leaves him when she discovers he is having an affair with an intern, and kidnappings and militancy are on the rise in the country.
When Ifiok travels to his hometown to do a documentary on some ex-militants’ apparent redemption. A tragi-comic series of events will make him realise he is unable to swim against the tide.
Radio Sunrise paints a satirical portrait of post-colonial Nigeria that builds on the legacy of the great African satirist tradition of Ngugi Wa Thiongo and Ayi Kwei Armah.
Are you looking forward to any new books this month?
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