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.
The 2017 Writivism Short Story Prize is now open for entries from unpublished African Writers. The Annual Award for emerging writers is governed by the Center for African Cultural Excellence (CACE).
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.
Happy New Year!!! One of my many resolutions for 2017 is to read more new books by contemporary African Authors. In that spirit, I have decided to start a monthly feature on new books out of Africa. Feel free to add any new books you know will be published in January 2017 in the comments below. Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor I haven’t read the first instalment yet, still patiently waiting for new book mail. However, I have heard so many good things about Binti Nnedi Okorafor also won a Hugo Award for it in 2016; so I’m really excited to […]
Title: The Drummer Boy Author: Cyprian Ekwensi Published by: Heinemann Educational Books Year of Publication: 1991 Genre: Fiction; Young Adult Pages: 81 Source: Inheritance 😉 Publisher’s Summary A Talented blind drummer boy and singer moved from place to place entertaining people with his performance. But deep down there is an undisclosed unhappiness. Why is Akin unhappy? Who among his friends can he trust in his search for true happiness? My Thoughts Akin, the drummer boy, has had a difficult life. He had an accident that turns him blind. His parents have abandoned him because they assumed he would be a burden […]
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, […]
Title: The Joys of Motherhood Author: Buchi Emecheta Published by: Pearson Education Limited (Heinemann African Writers Series) Year of Publication: 2008; First Published: 1979 Genre: Women’s Fiction Pages: 254 Source: Bought Publisher’s Summary The Joys of Motherhood tells the moving story of Nnu Ego, a West African Woman devoted to her children, giving them all her life – with the result that she finds herself friendless and alone in middle age. The Joys of Motherhood is a powerful commentary on polygamy, patriarchy and women’s changing roles in urban Nigeria. My Thoughts I attended a women’s conference once where a topic […]