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 […]
The Night Dancer by Chika Unigwe is a story about self-discovery, anger, betrayal and forgiveness. The novel is divided into three parts which explore the lives of Mma, Ezi, Mike and Rapu. The story focuses on a young lady, Mma, whose mother died leaving her with loads of unanswered questions, buried resentment and anger towards her mother’s perceived negligence and failure.
And After Many Days by Johwor Ile Published by: Kachifo Farafina Date of Publication: 2016 Genre: Fiction Pages: 287 Source: Bought Get the book Blurb And After Many Days is a novel of childhood, of the delicate complex balance of power and love between siblings; the unique ecosystem of a family. It is also a portrait of a society, as the old world gives way to a new status quo. A novel of quiet, devastating force, And After Many Days holds at its centre a profound story of life, loss and becoming. My Thoughts “When misfortune befalls you, people secretly blame you… People can’t help it. They […]
The Wrestling Match by Buchi Emecheta Published by: Masquerade Books Date of Publication: 1980 Genre: Fiction Pages: 74 Source: Bought My Thoughts “The men in the compound helped Okei to dress up. He only wore a plain pair of shorts and a pair of colourful plimsolls to match. But on top of this, he had several charms slung around his neck. One of them was made with crocodile teeth, to prevent him from becoming breathless. Another was from nut kernels, to harden him like nuts which are hard to crack. His face had to be washed with waters mixed with many herbs […]
Around January last year, I picked up this book (the first Nnedi Okorafor piece I read) after having heard good things about her book, Lagoon.
Foreign Gods Inc. tells a story fueled by desperation, ignorance, selfishness and some idiocy. After years of underemployment and living carelessly, Ikechukwu Uzondu is ready to do anything to get rich quick. He gets the bright idea to steal and sell Ngene, the god of his village to American collectors.
Welcome to Lagos brings together characters that would normally have nothing to do with each other and breathes life into their relationship. It follows a couple of soldiers gone AWOL, an ex-militant with a fake American accent, a runaway (battered) housewife and a girl missing her parents as they travel from Bayelsa to Lagos for various reasons.
“As murungudunhu, I am a black woman who is imbued not with the whiteness of murungu, of privilege, but of dunhu, of ridicule and fakery, a ghastly whiteness” I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, not only for the funny bits but for the issues it addressed.