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 […]
Title: 29, Single & Nigerian Author: Naijasinglegirl Published by: Harmony Publishing Year of Publication: 2016 Genre: Fiction; Humour Pages: 348 Source: Author Publisher’s Summary 29-year-old Edikan has lived her whole life in abject poverty. When she departs her hometown in Ikot Ansa for Lagos, her expectations are high.
29, Single & Nigerian by Naijasinglegirl Published by: Harmony Publishing Year of Publication: 2016 Genre: Fiction; Humour Pages: 348 Source: Author Publisher’s Summary 29-year-old Edikan has lived her whole life in abject poverty. When she departs her hometown in Ikot Ansa for Lagos, her expectations are high. A roof overhead, a high paying job and a man she can finally call her own tops her priority. Months after, she is forced to grapple with the reality that the city of her dreams is not all that. With constant pressure from her family, the stigma associated with being unmarried and dark memories haunting […]
You believed that everybody in America had a car and a gun. Your uncles and aunts and cousins believed it too. Right after you won the American visa lottery, they told you, “In a month, you will have a big car. Soon, a big house. But don’t buy a gun like those Americans.” They trooped into the shanty townhouse in Lagos, standing beside the nail-studded zinc walls because chairs did not go round, to say good-bye in loud voices and tell you with lowered voices what they wanted you to send them. In comparison to the big car and house […]
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.
I hate having an accent. I hate it when people ask me to repeat things sometimes and I can hear them laughing inside because I am not American. Now I reply Father’s Igbo with English. I would do it with Mother too, but I don’t think she will go for that just yet. When people ask where I am from, Mother wants me to say Nigeria. The first time I said Philadelphia, she said, “say Nigeria.” The second time she slapped the back of my head and asked, in Igbo, “is something wrong with your head?”
I found this story during my exploration of the Okada books App/Store (there will be a review on that soon). Sharon Salu is quite an accomplished writer, and I think i have fallen in love with her stories. She has an extensive body of work published on her website, and I suggest you check it out. Bewaji’s story is Sherlock Holmes-like in many ways, the character is certainly eccentric enough, and has a unique sense of humour. I loved this story and I would gladly pay for it and any subsequent installments; However, it is available for free download now. So Enjoy yaselves…
Once upon a time …
Read a 21st century fairy tale set in Lagos, Nigeria.