REVIEWS

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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

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

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

Killing me softly: A review of Eghosa Imasuen’s Fine Boys

It’s uncanny how, in many ways, Eghosa Imasuen’s Fine Boys is the story of me, from many lifetimes ago. After reading it, my first reaction was surprise – by the tears in my eyes and the realization that I’d been ambushed into a therapy session I did not know I needed. Then, in an epiphany, I … Continue reading

Behind The Fiction: A Review of The Son of your Father’s Concubine

For those of you who haven’t read the book, The Son of Your Father’s Concubine by ‘Seun Salami, I suggest you go and read the book before you continue reading this piece. (I don’t have to tell you that I have read the book a couple of times myself). For information on how to get the book, … Continue reading

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