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A Place in the Sun by Kola King

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Title: A Place in the Sun

Author: Kola King

Genre: Fiction

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 250

Publication Year: May 31, 2016

Publisher: Verity Publishers

ISBN: 978-1-928348-32-0

Available at: Okada Books

Short Description: This is a tale of friendship, love and tragedy set against the mystery and magic of colonial Africa. In this epic tale, love is set to clash with tradition. Zakka the lead character falls in love with Matta, but the lovebirds cannot consummate their love because Matta’s family is still beholden to her estranged husband, Gora. By tradition, dowry paid on Matta’s bead is expected to be returned to the husband when the marriage breaks-up; but this was not done. In the eyes of tradition, Matta is still Gora’s wife. What’s more, Gora still nurses the hope of reclaiming her hand in marriage. But in the end, love triumphs over tradition.

Category: Literary fiction

 

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Wine and Water by Hannah Onoguwe

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Title: Wine and Water

Author: Hannah Onoguwe

Genre: Fiction (Short stories)

Format: eBook

File Size: 2626 KB

Number of Pages: 313

Publication Year: July 30, 2017

Publisher: Bahati Books

ASIN: B074DS4J46

Available at: Amazon Stores, Okada Books

Short Description: Had the traditionally cute little cherub Cupid existed in African folklore, he would rather use the more authentic catapult to shoot his love arrows! His matchmaking endeavours often succeed to stir romance between the most unsuspecting individuals – coworkers, clients, employers and employees, nodding acquaintances, old lovers or friends. ‘Wine and Water’ by Hannah Onoguwe is a collection of twelve short stories set in Nigeria that explore all these likely or unlikely combinations. A purse gone missing at a high society wedding in Abuja; polite insults exchanged in traffic on a sweltering day in Lagos; a slap delivered at Iya Ibeji’s pepper soup joint in Bauchi; and the indignity of being likened to a call girl in Akwa Ibom. These are only a few of the scenarios that pave the way for attraction and romance in the book. Not waiting for an invitation, Love shows up, often taking everyone involved by surprise. These stories show us that every bit of the journey is important, from the cautiousness of getting to know someone to the bone-deep certainty that they are meant for you. They encourage us to keep believing in Love regardless, and when we’ve found that special someone, to cherish those moments of intimacy, laughter, and quiet contentment.

Category: Romance

 

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Radio Sunrise by Anietie Isong

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Title: Radio Sunrise

Author: Anietie Isong

Genre: Fiction

Format: Paperback

Dimension: 5.1 x 7.8

Number of Pages: 200

Publication Year: January 6, 2017

Publisher: Jacaranda Books Art Music Ltd

ISBN: 978-1909762374

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Short Description: Never cover an assignment without collecting a brown envelope,’ Boniface had said. ‘It is a real life saver for all journalists in this country.’

Ifiok, a young journalist working for the government radio station in Lagos, aspires to always do the right thing but the odds seem to be stacked against him. The government cuts the funding to his weekly radio drama, he stumbles into an affair with a beautiful young intern causing his long-term love to leave him, and kidnappings and militancy are on the rise in the country. When Ifiok travels to his hometown to make a documentary about a band of ex-militants he is forced to confront the ugly truth about the future of his beloved country and his existence within it.

Radio Sunrise is a hilarious yet sobering satirical portrait of Nigeria that fully deserves a place amongst the great works of ‘post-post-colonial’ African literature.

Category: Literary Fiction, Satire

 

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Welcome to Lagos by Chibundu Onuzo

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Title: Welcome to Lagos

Author: Chibundu Onuzo

Genre: Fiction

Format: Paperback

Dimension: 5.3 x 8.5

Number of Pages: 368

Publication Year: January 5, 2017

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 978-0571268948

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Short Description: When army officer Chike Ameobi is ordered to kill innocent civilians, he knows that it is time to leave. As he travels towards Lagos, he becomes the leader of a new platoon, a band of runaways who share his desire for a better life.

Their arrival in the city coincides with the eruption of a political scandal. The education minister, Chief Sandayo, has disappeared and is suspected of stealing millions of dollars from government funds.

After an unexpected encounter with the Chief, Chike and his companions must make a choice. Ahmed Bakare, editor of the failing Nigerian Journal, is desperate for information. But perhaps the situation is more complex than it appears.

As moving as it is mesmerising, Welcome to Lagos is a novel about the power of our dreams for the future and the place of morality in a sometimes hostile world.

Category: Literary Fiction

 

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Work Naija: The Book of Vocations by Otosirieze Obi-Young (Ed.)

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Title: Work Naija: The Book of Vocations

Author: Otosirieze Obi-Young (Ed.)

Genre: Non-fiction (Anthology)

Format: eBook

File Size: 7.8 MB

Number of Pages: 141

Publication Year: June 30, 2017

Publisher: Brittle Paper

ISBN: N/A

Available at: Brittle Paper

Short Description: Work Naija: The Book of Vocations is a concept-based literary and visual art project with special focus on the idea of work in Nigeria. It covers—in creative nonfiction, photography, poetry, digital art, fiction and commentary—the lives of Nigerians in 23 different professions: commercial sex workers, priests, scavengers, photographers, beggars, teachers, Keke Napep drivers, hairdressers, akara sellers, shopkeepers, barbers, culinarians, doctors, fishermen, hawkers, actors, construction workers, okada riders, musicians, morticians, cattle rearers, desert guides, and even the unemployed.

Work Naija; The Book of Vocations is the second anthology in the Art Naija Series, a sequence of publications focusing on different aspects of Nigerian life. The first anthology, Enter Naija: The Book of Places, focused on Nigerian cities and was published by Brittle Paper in October 2016 to mark Nigeria’s 56th Independence anniversary.

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“Thought-provoking portraitures. Inspires you to reflect. The privilege of observing some of Nigeria’s most stimulating artists of the younger generation playing hard. Gorgeous. Timely.”

— Rotimi Babatunde, Winner of the Caine Prize.

 

Category: Literary, Visual Arts, Poetry, Photography

 

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The Lagos Cuban Jazz Club by Onyeka Nwelue

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Title: The Lagos Cuban Jazz Club

Author: Onyeka Nwelue

Genre: Poetry

Format: Paperback

Dimension: 6 X 9

Number of Pages: 70

Publication Year: June 26, 2017

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 978-15484-0200-6

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Short Description: Onyeka Nwelue sets out to do more than add to the poetry firmament with another collection but instead seeks to provoke unending discourse on the joys of the unconventional poet outmaneuvering the straitjacket restrictions of the genre. Like a persistent itch that only goes away by scratching, it is hard to ignore this writer.” – Eromo Egbejule, The Guardian (UK)

Category: Poetry, Poems

 

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The Beginning of Everything Colourful by Onyeka Nwelue

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Title: The Beginning of Everything Colourful

Author: Onyeka Nwelue

Genre: Long Fiction

Format: Paperback

Dimension: 6 X 9

Number of Pages: 310

Publication Year: May 3, 2017

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 978-15464-6733-5

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Short Description: Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are welcoming Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, who are visiting Japan as state guests, at the Imperial Palace, with Crown Prince Naruhito and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also attending a related event there. But there are two nameless people who are not happy with this visit – a Mexican musician, who hates the Spanish and a Japanese business man, who hates the Chinese. They meet at the Transit Lounge in Doha International Airport, waiting for their connecting flight to Tokyo and begin telling revealing stories, which take us to Lille, Paris, New York, New Delhi, Lagos, Tel Aviv and down to Tokyo.

Category: Literary Fiction

 

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