This year has been an African literary feast so far. Seriously, it’s been back to back goodness so far and I am yet to read a book that makes me want to slam my head into a wall yet. Okay, maybe that’s a bit extreme but you know what I mean. We are officially halfway through 2019, and these are the newborns coming our way this month: The Travelers by Regina Porter Release Date: June 18, 2019 Meet James Samuel Vincent, an affluent Manhattan attorney who shirks his modest Irish American background. But hews to his father’s meandering ways. James […]
Welcome to the month of March, folks! I’m really loving the way things seem to be steadily progressing this year, in regards to this blog and reading specifically. Outside of this space… Let’s just say I’m grateful for this lovely bubble. The books on my radar this month are absolutely unconventional. I have loved but not followed Helen Oyeyemi over the years and I’m excited to resume my affair with her this year. By the way, I have no idea why I’m making this sound obscene but let’s roll with it, shall we? Meet the new releases coming in March […]
Say hello to the brand new babies coming into the “African” literary scene this month.
The hotly anticipated, ‘Vitrian Secrets – The Healing Mendez’ by Dele Andersen will be launched tomorrow, July 28, 2018. Kicking off at 12 noon at the UNILAG Main Auditorium, Akoka, the event will be hosted by TV/Radio Presenter, Isabella Akinseye. It will feature a panel discussion with Dr. Wilfred Okiche (Culture Critic), Ijeoma Ucheibe (Literary Blogger) and Segun Dada (Social Entrepreneur and Book Publisher). There will be special celebrity appearances, a video screening and an affiliate workshop on how to make money selling the book. Plus, there’ll be food, drinks and photo opportunities with life-size mascots from the book series. Can’t […]
Hey Guys, Welcome to August! It has been way too long since I’ve been here… way too long. It’s hard to believe it’s August already isn’t it? Or is that just me? Are you as excited at the idea of new Nigerian books coming into your life this month? My admiration for Lesley Nneka Arimah was fully expressed in April. And I have carefully avoided reading any of the other stories in this collection till Farafina brings it within reach. It really does feel like Farafina announced they would be publishing this book a lifetime ago. Is that a grey hair […]
Okay, I was being uber dramatic with that title. Though it does feel like I’m tearing bandages off my appendages and rising, mummy style, out of a very practical coffin. I know I have bad luck, this is something I embrace and have used to my advantage several times. My luck is so bad, I have never fallen into anything in my life. When I fall, it’s strategic. Even before I got my blog planner, which I still haven’t reviewed #facepalm, I used any and everything I laid my hands on to make schedules. I have gotten really good at this, […]
Hey, guys. We have successfully skipped through another 30+ days in 2017, which means it’s time to sink your teeth in new African literature. Yay!! This month, Nigerians finally have the chance to get their hands on another book on the Bailey’s Prize shortlist, The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotosho, without breaking the bank. I have high expectations for this book in particular because my first read by this author was a real lemon. You can find my rant/review here. However, I have heard great things about The Woman Next Door and I can’t wait to find out if […]
The annual Critic Challenge is a call for critics and critical writers in the culture scene in Africa. Organised for the first time by CREETIQ, the foremost aggregator of African films, music and literature. The focus for the maiden edition is on critical commentary on works of art in films, music and literature, produced or released between 2016 and 2017 that embodies this year’s theme “rewriting the African narrative”. The Critic Challenge aims to encourage and reward talented critical writers to awaken a seeming latent and fast declining reviewing culture in the creative industry in Africa. Beyond the economics of […]