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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

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

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

Nothing Comes Close

A few years back when my mum still lived in the UK, I had a Sunday ritual of going to her place for lunch and then settling down to watch a Ghanaian movie or two, that she had just bought or a Nollywood movie on OBE. What first started as a bit of daughterly  indulgence … Continue reading

There Was a Country

Chinua Achebe’s memoir, There Was a Country, recalls his personal experience and reflection on the Biafran War of 1967-1970. Beginning with a personal account of his childhood and education in colonial Nigeria, Achebe describes steps leading to Nigeria’s independence in 1960 and the eventual descent to civil war in 1967. When a new nation begins, … Continue reading

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