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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What Goes Around by Ify Tony-Monye

 

Title: What Goes Around

Author: Ify Tony-Monye

Genre: Fiction

Format: Paperback

Book Dimension: 5.5 x 8

Number of Pages: 459

Publication Year: March, 2016

Publisher: Fynom Books LTD

ISBN: 978-978-945744-1

Available at: Amazon Stores, Booksellers Limited, Ibadan

Short Description: A fender bender brings Chizo and Difu together, leading to a friendship that blossoms till cupid strikes and they decide to get married. All in the course of nature, one would say. But, their decision unbeknownst to them sets off a chain of events so terrible that one finds it hard to believe. Awele conspires with Kosi to put the spanner in the works – all efforts thwarted every step of the way. Uche and Dozie stand stoically behind their friends but are on their own swamped by life’s everyday troubles. Both experience personal tragedies that change their views about life and helps form their characters – or lack of it. Death from natural courses; unintended murder; and then a double suicide rocks the community, the circumstances surrounding these fatalities gruesome enough to send any witnesses off their heads. A monster is born to Chizo and Difu, further escalating an already precarious situation, but who really is to blame?

The novel toys with love, hatred and revenge; each element so entwined as the story progresses that the reader is sure to be held captive from page one to the end. It touches on real friendship – well and truly tested. With each subsequent page and from one generation to the other, the author carries the reader along as they live the lives of the characters, particularly Chizo and Difu, with them, sharing in their joys and pains, trials and tribulations right through to the very bitter and shocking end. They say love is a disease, a cure for which few have, but will love conquer all? Only time will tell!

Category: General

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The Square Pegs by David Obasa

 

Title: The Square Pegs

Author: David Obasa

Genre: Fiction

Format: Paperback

Book Dimension: 5.5 x 8

Number of Pages: 190

Publication Year: March, 2016

Publisher: Parresia Publishers

ISBN: 978-978-54079-9-0-57-1

Available at: Booksellers Limited, Ibadan

Short Description: This is the story of three ambitious young men: a scientist, an artiste and a writer, who were raised different backgrounds but through series of events and circumstances had their paths crossing one another. Along the way they were confronted with obstacles. Some of these obstacles were life threatening an some others resulted in painful losses.

This is a story that intricately combines thrills, frills, pains, humour, ardour and defiance in a manner that unfolds the twists and the turns.

Category: Coming of Age

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Sunny and the Mysteries of Osisi by Nnedi Okorafor

 

Title: Sunny and the Mysteries of Osisi

Author: Nnedi Okoroafor

Genre: Fiction

Format: Paperback

Book Dimension: 6 x 9

Number of Pages: 329

Publication Year: March, 2018

Publisher: Cassava Republic Press

ISBN: 978-1-911115-57-1

Available at: Booksellers Limited, Ibadan

Short Description: The time has come for Sunny Nwague to confront her destiny. As a member of the secret Leopard Society, her magical powers continue to grow under the guidance of her mentor Sugar Cream. She is beginning to understand her spirit face, Anyanwu, and struggling to unlock the strange secrets of her Nsibidi book.

But after an encounter with a lake monster, Sunny is dragged from her studies into a battle that will determine the fate of humanity. She finds herself travelling to the mysterious town of Osisi, in a journey fraught with unknown dangers that take her through unseen worlds.

Weaving together critiques of contemporary culture, including police brutality and everyday misogyny, with her trademark fantasy and adventure, award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor will take you on another enthralling adventure in this gripping sequel to What Sunny Saw in the Flames.

Category: Fantasy, Adventure, Paranormal

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An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma

 

Title: An Orchestra of Minorities

Author: Chigozie Obioma

Genre: Fiction

Format: Paperback

Book Dimension: 6 x 9

Number of Pages: 516

Publication Year: March, 2016

Publisher: Paressia Publishers

ISBN: 978-978-56595-0-4

Available at: Booksellers Limited, Ibadan

Short Description: Umuahia, Nigeria. Chinonso, a young poultry farmer, sees a woman attempting to jump to her death from a highway bridge. Horrified by her recklessness, Chinonso joins her on the roadside and hurls tow of his most prized chickens into the water below to demonstrate the severity of the fall. The woman, Ndali, is moved by his sacrifice.

Bonded by this strange night on the bridge, Chinonso and Ndali fall in love. But Ndali is from a wealthy family, and when her parents object to the union because Chinonso is uneducated, he sells most of his possessions to attend university in Cyprus. Once in Cyprus, Chinonso discovers that all is not what it seems. Furious at a world which continues to relegate him to the sidelines, Chinonso gets further and further away from his dream, and Ndali and the place he called home.

In this contemporary twist on Milton, Dante and Homer written in the mythic style of the Igbo literary tradition, Chigozie Obioma weaves a heart-wrenching epic about the tension between destiny and determination.

Category: Literary fiction

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Dancing with the Ostrich by Phil Nwoko

 

Title: Dancing with the Ostrich

Author: Phil Nwoko

Genre: Fiction

Format: Paperback

Book Dimension: 5.5 x 8.5

Number of Pages: 272

Publication Year: March, 2016

Publisher: Kraft Books Limited (Kraftgriots)

ISBN: 978-978-918363-0

Available at: Booksellers Limited, Ibadan

Short Description: Life was all seamless for Benita and her siblings as they were growing up, enjoying a blissful family relationship, but everything was upturned for the family the day her father’s life was snuffed out by a drunken driver, and consequently, they were subjected to years of abject poverty and torment by those who should have given them succour. However, by an uncommon twist of fate, Benita’s love for animals, especially, the giant bird–the ostrich restored her family fortune.

Category: Young Adult

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