Book Review – Ghana Must Go

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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

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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My Top 10 Reads Of 2017 So Far

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You might think it’s too soon for the best books of 2017 list until you consider that the year is halfway gone already. Just like that. A lot of amazing things have happened this year, around and outside this blog and reading. I could write an epistle about that and maybe I will eventually. For now, I thought I’d share the books that have my reading this year magic. Longthroat Memoirs by Yemisi Aribisala 5 months after I finished reading this book, I haven’t recovered from the experience. It would be a great disservice to say this book is about […]

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Book Review – The Woman Next Door

The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso Publisher: Kachifo Farafina Release Date: May 2017 Genre: Literary Fiction Format: Paperback Length: 278 Source: Bought Find It: Jumia Hortensia James and Marion Agostino are neighbours. One is black, one white. Both are successful women with impressive careers. Both have recently been widowed. And both are sworn enemies, sharing hedge and hostility and pruning both with a vim and zeal that belies the fact that they are over eighty. But one day an unforeseen event forces the women together. And gradually the bickering and sniping softens into lively debate, and from there into memories shared. But could these […]

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Book Review – The Fishermen

The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma Publisher: Cassava Republic Press Release Date: December 2015 Genre: Literary Fiction Format: Paperback Length: 301 Source: Bought Find It: Jumia Nine-year-old Benjamin is the youngest of four brothers. They live in the rocky hills of Akure. When their civil servant father transfers to another town. The boys begin misbehaving: smashing windows, severing chicken heads and playing truant to follow M.K.O Abiola’s campaign trail. For six weeks they take to fishing in the forbidden Omi-Ala river. There they run into Abulu, a filthy yet visionary madman whose pronouncement of the murder of the eldest boy, Ikenna places a dark and fearful cloud over the brothers. […]

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Book Review – Excuse Me

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.Excuse Me by Victor Ehikhamenor Publisher: Parresia Books Release Date: November 2012 Genre: Non-Fiction; Essays Format: Paperback Pages: 250 Source: Giveaway Find It: Jumia Excuse Me is a compilation of Victor Ehikhamenor’s thoughts, experiences and keen observations. While he was the pioneer creative director of Next newspaper. Most of this beautifully strung together collection of creative nonfiction were first birthed on the pages of the Lagos based newspaper, Next Daily, Next On Sunday and 234NEXT.com between 2009 – 2011. Majority of the content were informed by actual socio-political events that took place within that period of time, plus more. As a regularly widely read columnist and a member of a dynamic group of forward thinking […]

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Book Review – Stay With Me

 Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo Publisher: Canongate Books Release Date: March 2017 Format: Audiobook Length: 8 hrs 5 mins Source: Bought Find It: Audible Yejide is hoping for a miracle, for a child. It is all her husband wants, all her mother-in-law wants, and she has tried everything – arduous pilgrimages, medical consultations, appeals to God. But when her relatives insist upon a new wife, it is too much for Yejide to bear. It will lead to jealousy, betrayal and despair. Unravelling against the social and political turbulence of 1980s Nigeria, Stay With Me sings with the voices, colours, joys and fears of […]

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Book Review – Easy Motion Tourist

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Easy Motion Tourist goes into the Lagos many of us refuse to acknowledge, even as we move through it every day. This Lagos is cutthroat, hungry, enterprising and dangerous. When we join this story, things are shaky at best. The tension is high, everyone is on edge and all it takes is a single impulsive act of violence to blow everything up.   Then comes in Guy Collins, a guy who has no business being in Lagos but has something to prove to himself. Not only did he volunteer to travel down to Nigeria to cover the elections, despite his […]

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