Publisher’s Summary Spirited and intelligent, Morayo grows up surrounded by school friends and family in Ibadan. There is Eniayo, her adoring little sister – for whose sake their middle-class parents fight stigmatizing superstition – and a large extended family of cousins and aunts who sometimes make Morayo’s home their own. A shameful secret forced upon her by Bros T, her cousin, thrusts Morayo into a web of oppressive silence woven by the adults around her. Morayo must learn to fiercely protect herself and her sister as young women growing up in a complex and politically charged country. My Thoughts This […]
There Was A Country: A personal history of Biafra by Chinua Achebe Published by: Allen Lane – The Penguin Group Year of Publication: 2012 Genre: Non-Fiction; Memoir Pages: 319 Source: Bought Publisher’s Summary The defining experience of Chinua Achebe’s life was the Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran War. For more than forty years Achebe was silent on those terrible years, until he produced this towering reckoning with one of modern Africa’s most fateful events. A marriage of history, remembrance, poetry and vivid first-hand observation, There Was a Country is a work of wisdom and compassion from one of the great voices of […]
The JJC Handbook: Adapting to the United Kingdom With Ease by Valerie Kerri Published by: Author Year of Publication: 2016 Genre: Non-Fiction; Guidebook Pages: 66 Source: Bought Publisher’s Summary The ‘JJC handbook’ is a collection of helpful advice gathered over time by Valerie Kerri, after she moved to the United Kingdom. With simple and easily adaptable steps, this book is invaluable to migrants from any country. My Thoughts If you are like most young Nigerians, you most likely have aspirations of getting educated outside the country. Or just a desire to emigrate in search of greener pastures. Some of you have even, whether passively or […]
Title: The Drummer Boy Author: Cyprian Ekwensi Published by: Heinemann Educational Books Year of Publication: 1991 Genre: Fiction; Young Adult Pages: 81 Source: Inheritance 😉 Publisher’s Summary A Talented blind drummer boy and singer moved from place to place entertaining people with his performance. But deep down there is an undisclosed unhappiness. Why is Akin unhappy? Who among his friends can he trust in his search for true happiness? My Thoughts Akin, the drummer boy, has had a difficult life. He had an accident that turns him blind. His parents have abandoned him because they assumed he would be a burden […]
Title: Zahrah the Windseeker Author: Nnedi Okorafor – Mbachu Published by: Kachifo Farafina Year of Publication: 2007 Genre: Fantasy; Young Adult Pages: 308 Source: Bought Publisher’s Summary In the northern Ooni Kingdom fear of the unknown runs deep, and children born dada are rumored to have special powers. Thirteen year old Zahrah Tsami feels like a normal kid – she grows her own flora computer; has mirrors sewn onto her cloths; and stays clear of the Forbidden Greeny Jungle. But unlike other kids in the village of Kirki , Zahrah was born with the telling dadalocks. Only her best friend, Dari, […]
Title: The Joys of Motherhood Author: Buchi Emecheta Published by: Pearson Education Limited (Heinemann African Writers Series) Year of Publication: 2008; First Published: 1979 Genre: Women’s Fiction Pages: 254 Source: Bought Publisher’s Summary The Joys of Motherhood tells the moving story of Nnu Ego, a West African Woman devoted to her children, giving them all her life – with the result that she finds herself friendless and alone in middle age. The Joys of Motherhood is a powerful commentary on polygamy, patriarchy and women’s changing roles in urban Nigeria. My Thoughts I attended a women’s conference once where a topic […]
29, Single & Nigerian by Naijasinglegirl Published by: Harmony Publishing Year of Publication: 2016 Genre: Fiction; Humour Pages: 348 Source: Author Publisher’s Summary 29-year-old Edikan has lived her whole life in abject poverty. When she departs her hometown in Ikot Ansa for Lagos, her expectations are high. A roof overhead, a high paying job and a man she can finally call her own tops her priority. Months after, she is forced to grapple with the reality that the city of her dreams is not all that. With constant pressure from her family, the stigma associated with being unmarried and dark memories haunting […]
Title: 29, Single & Nigerian Author: Naijasinglegirl Published by: Harmony Publishing Year of Publication: 2016 Genre: Fiction; Humour Pages: 348 Source: Author Publisher’s Summary 29-year-old Edikan has lived her whole life in abject poverty. When she departs her hometown in Ikot Ansa for Lagos, her expectations are high.