Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi Publisher: Kachifo Farafina Release Date: 2018 Genre: Fantasy Format: Paperback Length: 249 Source: Bought Ada has always been unusual. As an infant in southern Nigeria, she is a source of deep concern to her family. Her parents successfully prayed her into existence, but something must have gone awry, as the young Ada becomes a troubled child, prone to violent fits of anger and grief. But Ada turns out to be more than just volatile. Born “with one foot on the other side,” she begins to develop separate selves. When Ada travels to America for college, a traumatic event crystallizes the selves […]

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Jazz by Toni Morrison

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Jazz by Toni Morrison Publisher: Penguin Random House UK (Vintage) Release Date: 2001 Genre: Literary Fiction Format: Paperback Length: 219 Source: Bought In the winter of 1926, when everybody everywhere sees nothing but good things ahead, Joe Trace, middle-aged door-to-door salesman of Cleopatra beauty products, shoots his teenage lover to death. At the funeral, Joe’s wife, Violet, attacks the girl’s corpse. This passionate, profound story of love and obsession brings us back and forth in time, as a narrative is assembled from the emotions, hopes, fears, and deep realities of black urban life. My Thoughts First notes: Joe shot his […]

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Boss Up by Chika Ike

Boss UP! by Chika Ike Publisher: N/A Release Date: 2018 Genre: Memoir Format: Paperback Length: 207 Source: Author Chika Ike is a famous Nigerian actress who has had leading roles in over a hundred movies. She conceived, produces, and presents the popular TV series African Diva Reality Show. An entrepreneur who owns a fashion brand and is also a real estate developer. She set up a foundation that helps underprivileged children access an education, and she has studied for a PLD at Harvard. Now an Author. Boss UP! helps you climb the ladder, step across any missing rungs, and never […]

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Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

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Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay Publisher: Audible Studio Release Date: December 2015 Genre: Non-Fiction; Essays Format: Audiobook Length: 11 hrs 3 mins Source: Bought Find It: Audible “Pink is my favourite colour. I used to say my favourite colour was black to be cool, but it is pink – all shades of pink. If I have an accessory, it is probably pink. I read Vogue, and I’m not doing it ironically, though it might seem that way. I once live-tweeted the September issue.” In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of colour […]

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Under The Udala Trees by Chinelo Okaparanta

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Disclaimer: I completed this review more than a year later and it’s very likely I may have forgotten specific events in “Under The Udala Trees”. However, my overall feeling and thoughts on the novel as when I read the book remain the same. … Under The Udala Trees by Chinelo Okaparanta Publisher: Kachifo Farafina Release Date: 2016 Genre: Literary Fiction Format: Paperback Length: 374 Source: Bought Find It: Kachifo Ijeoma comes of age as her nation does; born before independence, she is eleven when civil war breaks out in the young republic of Nigeria. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced child and they, […]

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