Becoming Nigerian by Elnathan John

Becoming Nigerian by Elnathan John Published by: Cassava Republic Press Release Date: February 2019 Genre: Non-Fiction; Satire Format: Paperback Length: 148 Source: Review Copy In Be(com)ing Nigerian: A Guide, Elnathan John provides an affecting, unrestrained and satirical guide to the Nigerians you will meet at home and abroad, or on your way to hell and to heaven. A religious tells you It is a searing look at the abuse, negotiation and performance of power in private and public. (Politics, business, religious institutions and in homes.) Exploring religious hypocrisy, inequality in matters of the heart, the collection is a jab at Nigerian society and what it means […]

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The Hundred Wells Of Salaga by Ayesha Harruna Attah

The Hundred Wells Of Salaga by Ayesha Harruna Attah. Published by: Other Press Release Date: February 2019 Genre: Historical Fiction Format: Paperback Length: 225 Source: Publisher (Review Copy) Based on true events, a story of courage, forgiveness, love, and freedom. In precolonial Ghana, told through the eyes of two women born to vastly different fates. Aminah lives an idyllic life until she is brutally separated from her home. Forced on a journey that transforms her from a daydreamer into a resilient woman. Wurche, the willful daughter of a chief, is desperate to play an important role in her father’s court. […]

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January 2019 WrapUp – Rising From The Ashes

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This has to be the latest blog wrapup in the history of monthly wrap-ups. Guess this is how you know I’m Nigerian, right? (Too soon?). However, in the spirit of sticking to my commitments, I am now doing this in mid-February. Hopefully, you’ll find it useful and it would have been worth it. Lol. First, some (big) news… I started a book club.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Temilade (@naijabookworm_) on Dec 23, 2018 at 6:09am PST So, I had this idea 2 years ago but I never got around to it for a […]

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Book Review – She Called Me Woman (Nigeria’s Queer Women Speak)

She Called Me Woman (Nigeria’s Queer Women Speak) edited by Azeenarh Mohammed, Chitra Nagarajan and Raffeat Aliyu Published by: Cassava Republic Press Release Date: 2018 Genre: Non-Fiction Format: Paperback Length: 357 Source: Bought Find It: Cassava Republic This stirring and intimate collection brings together 30 unique narratives. To paint a vivid portrait of what it means to be a queer Nigerian woman. Covering an array of experiences – the joy and excitement of first love, the agony of lost love and betrayal. The sometimes-fraught relationship between sexuality and spirituality, addiction and suicide, childhood games and laughter. She Called Me Woman sheds light on how Nigerian […]

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Books Of August – With A Lot Of Spice!

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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 […]

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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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