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 […]
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, […]
2 months ago, I listed 5 books by Nigerian Authors I was dying to get my hands on. Unfortunately, I have only gotten to read 2 of these books fighting back tears which I subsequently reviewed here and here. Thankfully, neither of these books disappointed me and my resolve to complete that list remains as strong as ever. Luckily, the book gods must have heard my cry and they sought to provide encouragement in the most unexpected way.
Read my impressions of the first chapter of the novel ‘Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe
When Kambili begins her story, you can feel that something is terribly wrong in her home and it doesn’t take long to find the root of the problem: ‘Papa’.
Five books, so little time. I can’t seem to decide what to read for my blog this week. MY OPTIONS: The King’s Rifle by Biyi Bandele It’s winter 1944 and the Second World War is entering its most crucial state. A few months ago fourteen-year-old Ali Banana was a blacksmith’s apprentice in his rural hometown in West Africa; now he’s trekking through the Burmese jungle. Led by the unforgettably charismatic Sergeant Damisa, the unit has been given orders to go behind enemy lines and wreak havoc. But Japanese snipers lurk behind every tree—and even if the unit manages to escape, infection […]
Read my lazy review of Teju Cole’s novel; ‘Everyday is for the thief’
“The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting”. Charles Bukowski