Americanah

I actually read this novel earlier this summer and admittedly I am very late the review but it such was a long awaited read that it would be a bit of a disservice not to review it especially as it was for me one of several reading highlights of 2014. Readers expecting another multi-layered epic novel like Half of … Continue reading Americanah

Foreign Gods, Inc

Okey Ndibe's second novel Foreign Gods, Inc, is a curious tale about Ike, a Nigerian cab driver living in the US, who sets out to steal the statue of Ngene, an ancient war god from his home village to sell to a high-end art gallery in New York. Ike's decision to steal a part of his cultural and … Continue reading Foreign Gods, Inc

Novelist and Poet Chinua Achebe dies

Like many I am terribly saddened to hear about death of Chinua Achebe following a brief illness. One of Africa's greatest writers, Achebe changed the perception and course of African literature with his first novel Things Fall Apart, published in 1958. Things Fall Apart told the story of Okonkwo, an Igbo warrior and his struggle to adapt to … Continue reading Novelist and Poet Chinua Achebe dies