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.
Growing up in a country which, despite its crippling economy, is still a relatively easy place for a woman to inhabit; It was a bit difficult, at first, to understand the feelings of the women in this book.
Publisher’s Summary Effia and Esi: two sisters with two very different destinies. One sold into slavery; one a slave trader’s wife. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow. Taking us from the Gold Coast of Africa to the cotton-picking plantations of Mississippi; from the missionary schools of Ghana to the dive bars of Harlem, spanning three continents and seven generations, Yaa Gyasi has written a miraculous novel – the intimate, gripping story of a brilliantly vivid cast of characters and through their lives the very story of America itself. Epic in its canvas and intimate in […]