BOOKS

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Rebirth” by Olusola Akinyemi

I held a copy of the book in my hand, and I wondered if I would normally have bought a book about Nigeria from the bookstore, not because the author is relatively unknown, but because it is unlikely for an average Nigerian to read (no to talk of buying) books that are focused on Nigeria … Continue reading

EXCERPT FROM OLUSOLA AKINYEMI’S THE REBIRTH

History has thrust upon our generation an indescribably important destiny – to complete a process of integration which our nation has so long developed too slowly, but which is our most powerful opportunity for development. He who knows the past controls the future, he who controls the future dictates the present. The journey into the … Continue reading

EXCERPT FROM FEMI OWOLABI’S ECHOES IN THE WEB

Jumoke worked late into the night the previous day, and when it was about 7:30pm she had called her niece to let her know that she would be staying over at her office till the next morning since she wasn’t comfortable driving at night. Her working late was actually pre-planned to meet some self-set work … Continue reading

FATE, NEMESIS, AND KARMA: A REVIEW OF FEMI OWOLABI’S ECHOES IN THE WEB BY LINDA ORAJEKWE

Echoes in the Web by Femi Owolabi, is a compelling thriller that weaves different characters from different spheres of life into a situation through one coincidence or the other. Echoes in the Web is a curious case of cause and effect in less than 24 hours with every character entangled in a web of chain … Continue reading

‘THERE WAS A COUNTRY’: A review of Chinua Achebe’s Biafran memoir – By Ike Anya

In our house in Nsukka, the small university town in eastern Nigeria where I grew up, my parents’ bedroom harboured a cupboard, reached only by standing on a stepladder. In that cupboard lay a battered brown leather satchel, filled with memorabilia from Biafra. I remember Biafran stamps, currency notes and coins, photographs, receipts, letters and … Continue reading

BOOK COUNT: Everything Good Will Come

Title: EVERYTHING GOOD WILL COME Author/ Year: Sefi Atta/ 2005 Genre: Fiction BOOK SYNOPSIS In the Shadow of Silence introduces an important new voice in contemporary fiction. With insight and a lyrical wisdom reminiscent of Edwidge Danticat, Nigerian-born Sefi Atta has written a powerful and eloquent story set in her African homeland. It is 1971, … Continue reading

OLD WOUNDS RUN DEEP: A REVIEW OF ‘THERE WAS A COUNTRY’ BY CHINUA ACHEBE

There Was a Country: a Personal History of Biafra Chinua Achebe Chinua Achebe’s first book in three years richly rewards his admirers’ patience. It is the work of a master storyteller, able to combine seriousness with lightness of touch, even when writing about the terrifying events of a war that cost the life of one … Continue reading

THINGS LEFT UNSAID: CHIMAMANDA ADICHIE REVIEWS ‘THERE WAS A COUNTRY’ BY CHINUA ACHEBE

Nigeria, at independence from British rule in 1960, was called the Giant of Africa. With a large population, an educated elite and many natural resources, especially oil, Nigeria was supposed to fly the flag of democratic success. It did not, and it is clear now, in retrospect, that it could not possibly have done so. … Continue reading

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