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Where the Lotus Grows by Oyinkansola A. Ogunyinka

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Title: Where the Lotus Grows

Author: Oyinkansola A. Ogunyinka

Genre: Fiction

Format: Paperback

Book Dimension: N/A

Number of Pages: 280

Publication Year: July 6, 2019

Publisher:  QuickkPrints

ISBN: 9789789736171

Available at: Terrakulture Bookstore, RovingHeights

Short Description: Where the Lotus Grows is a story of what comes next when life deals unexpected blows. What more can precipitate a rude awakening than to lose the valuable elements of life and yet be forced to live through it, as in the cases of Taiwo and Karen in the novel? What more can make life take on a whole new meaning than to experience what can be likened to a nightmare, yet there is no waking up from it, because it is reality? The novel depicts how we tend to self-destruct when we pass through moments of pain and we push people away instead of drawing strength from fellowship with loved ones.

The novel is also a story of the search for meaning, when suddenly one of the protagonists, Karen, discovered that the life she had always valued and revered was actually not what she thought it was. The realization sent her on an adventure that would bring her in contact with another destiny that was in a search of his own. While one would have expected the collusion to be the resolution of the search by the characters, it only opened up another dimension of intrigue in the story.

Category: Romance, Christian Fiction


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Akoka Speed Monster by Adesola Osota

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Title: Akoka Speed Monster

Author: Adesola Osota

Genre: Fiction

Format: eBook

File Size: N/A

Publication Year: August, 2018

Publisher:  N/A

Available at: Okadabooks, Selar

Short Description: Akoka, a bubbling suburb in Lagos and home to young people in tertiary institutions, has been attacked by a faceless monster, known by only its characteristics: Wind and Speed.

Eliot, a victim of the attacks, together with his friends solve the greatest mystery as they strive to unmask the monster, but with no single clue about the truth that will hit them hard, and possibly change their lives forever!

Follow the intriguing story of seven adventurous boys in Akoka Speed Monster

Category: Thriller, Mystery, Sci-Fi


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A Particular Kind of Black Man by Tope Folarin

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Title: A Particular Kind of Black Man

Author: Tope Folarin

Genre: Fiction

Format: Paperback

Book Dimension: N/A

Number of Pages: 272

Publication Year: August 6, 2019

Publisher:  Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 9781501171819

Available at: Amazon Stores, Simon & Schuster

Short Description: Living in small-town Utah has always been an uneasy fit for Tunde Akinola’s family, especially for his Nigeria-born parents. Though Tunde speaks English with a Midwestern accent, he can’t escape the children who rub his skin and ask why the black won’t come off. As he struggles to fit in and find his place in the world, he finds little solace from his parents who are grappling with their own issues.

Tunde’s father, ever the optimist, works tirelessly chasing his American dream while his wife, lonely in Utah without family and friends, sinks deeper into schizophrenia. Then one otherwise-ordinary morning, Tunde’s mother wakes him with a hug, bundles him and his baby brother into the car, and takes them away from the only home they’ve ever known.

But running away doesn’t bring her, or her children, any relief from the demons that plague her; once Tunde’s father tracks them down, she flees to Nigeria, and Tunde never feels at home again. He spends the rest of his childhood and young adulthood searching for connection—to the wary stepmother and stepbrothers he gains when his father remarries; to the Utah residents who mock his father’s accent; to evangelical religion; to his Texas middle school’s crowd of African-Americans; to the fraternity brothers of his historically black college. In so doing, he discovers something that sends him on a journey away from everything he has known.

Sweeping, stirring, and perspective-shifting, A Particular Kind of Black Man is a beautiful and poignant exploration of the meaning of memory, manhood, home, and identity as seen through the eyes of a first-generation Nigerian-American.

Category: Coming of Age, Literary Fiction


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My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

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My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Title: My Sister, The Serial Killer

Author: Oyinkan Braithwaite

Genre: Fiction

Format: Paperback

Book Dimension: 5.5 x 8.5

Number of Pages: 240

Publication Year: November 20, 2018

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 9780525564201

Available at: Amazon Stores, Random House

Short Description: Korede’s sister Ayoola is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola’s third boyfriend in a row is dead, stabbed through the heart with Ayoola’s knife. Korede’s practicality is the sisters’ saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood (bleach, bleach, and more bleach), the best way to move a body (wrap it in sheets like a mummy), and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures to Instagram when she should be mourning her “missing” boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit.

Korede has long been in love with a kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where she works. She dreams of the day when he will realize that she’s exactly what he needs. But when he asks Korede for Ayoola’s phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and how far she’s willing to go to protect her.

Category: Women’s fiction, Young Adult, Satire


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Ruffled Butterflies by Ayotunde Mamudu


Title: Ruffled Butterflies

Author: Ayotunde Mamudu

Genre: Fiction

Format: Paperback

Book Dimension: 5.5 x 8

Number of Pages: 146

Publication Year: 2019

Publisher: Parresia Publishers

ISBN: 978-978-55874-7-0

Available at: Booksellers Bookstore, Ibadan

Short Description: “Till death do us part . . .”

Seemingly innocent transgressions like squeezing toothpaste or leaving pee on the toilet seat lie in wait to trip up these characters who in turn become so stifled by their partners that they can’t wait for death to part them.

Some stories in this collection end in cliff-hangers, making room for self-reflection and numerous possible endings. These thirteen stories traverse domestic issues that call for more meaningful steps than grumbling, as the Morgans, Olabisi, Kayode, Vera and John soon find out.

Ruffled butterfly wings are used as imagery for the delicate family ties of everyday people who are sewn together in marriage. Suspenseful, dramatic, romantic and dipped in an amalgam of Nigerian and Western cultures, these relationships pass through crucibles with the couples spreading ruffled, ripped mosaic wings to flutter and fly against all odds.

Category: Literary, Short Stories

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Only on Canvas by Olusola Olugbesan


Title: Only on Canvas

Author: Olusola Olugbesan

Genre: Fiction

Format: Paperback

Book Dimension: 5.5 x 8.5

Number of Pages: 321

Publication Year: 2010

Publisher: Mosuro Publishers

ISBN: 978-978-48412-3-8

Available at: Booksellers Limited, Ibadan

Short Description: This is an exhilarating tale of characters from different backgrounds, with different desires and dreams intricately woven together to create a tapestry of life. It is a refreshing and didactic story delivered n a very rich flow of language.

‘. . . the world is replete with uncut diamonds.’

Anna, somewhat surprised, and spurred on by Amaka’s profound response quickly followed up.

‘And you must find one of these gems, polish and bestow it to the world. You must find someone, somewhere, somehow, to give your oil. We must dare our dreams and seize the brush. . .’

Amaka responded earnestly saying, ‘I will mother, I promise. God made a beautiful world and handed it to us. I must add my own beauty. . .work my masterpiece.’

Only a Canvas is an attempt to draw attention to our utter dependency upon, and urgent responsibility for each other, and our divine capacity to attain it. You must never give up on the virtue odyssey.

Category: General

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An Abundance of Scorpions by Hadiza Isma El-Rufai

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Title: An Abundance of Scorpions

Author: Hadiza Isma El-Rufai

Genre: Fiction

Format: Paperback

Book Dimension: 5 x 8

Number of Pages: 410

Publication Year: November 20, 2017

Publisher: Quida Books

ISBN: 9780998986302

Available at: Amazon.com, Ingram & Local Bookstores

Short Description: Following a horrific tragedy, Tambaya leaves Kano for Accra to live with her brother, Aminu. Sadly, her dream of a new beginning is dashed when she can no longer endure the indignity she suffers at the hands of her brother’s new wife.

Tambaya returns to northern Nigeria and soon finds work as a matron in an orphanage, under the watchful eye of the ruthless Miss Scholastica. Just when she begins to settle into her new life, an unexpected visit threatens to destroy everything she has worked so hard to build. Tambaya faces moral dilemmas on all sides, but she must stop her life from unravelling once again.

Vulnerable, and surrounded by malice, corruption and greed, Tambaya struggles to shape her destiny. An Abundance of Scorpions charts one woman’s journey through grief and uncertainty to a road that leads to self-discovery, redemption and love. 

Category: Women’s fiction, Literary fiction


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