The Curse of Happiness by Edify Yakusak

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Title: The Curse of Happiness

Author: Edify Yakusak

Genre: Short Stories

Format: Paperback

Book Dimension: 5.5 x 8.5

Number of Pages: 174

Publication Year: 2019

Publisher: Kurdan Publishing House Limited

ISBN: 978-978-56279-8-5

Available at: Booksellers bookstore and other bookstores nationwide

Short Description: The Curse of Happiness is a collection of short stories that finds ordinary people struggling and sometimes failing in extraordinary circumstances.

From a woman faced with a long awaited but ultimately underwhelming miracle in “Baby Blue Joy” to a man who finds himself face to face with humanity’s most terrifying manifestation, an enraged mob, in “What is Mine is Yours.”

Yakusak stretches the limits of the normal human perception of the decisions people take in situations beyond their control. It’s an in-depth examination into the human psyche that is both intriguing and disturbing on a level that interacts with the inner reaches of our subconscious.

The Curse of Happiness weaves exciting stories of how normalcy is a luxury in reality: one we often take for granted.

Category: Literary Fiction

 

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Where’d You Go? by Kehinde Ademoye

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Title: Where’d You Go?

Author: Kehinde Ademoye

Genre: Short Stories

Format: Paperback

Book Dimension: 5.5 x 8.5

Number of Pages: 108

Publication Year: 9 December, 2019

Publisher: Parresia Publishers

ISBN: 978-978-56595-2-8

Available at: Booksellers Bookstore and Bookstores Nationwide

Short Description: WHERE ‘D YOU GO is a collection of short stories about terrorism in Northern Nigeria. From Captain Shola and his men who are ambushed by killer herdsmen while on patrol, and need to hold their ground; to a retired Special Forces officer who leads his men to protect his village and its environs from killer herdsmen; to Lieutenant Colonel Abel whose team had to extend their tour by two days to escort the Senate President’s daughter to an IDP Camp and then wait out an assault by Boko Haram insurgents; to Kunle Pierce who is a CIA operative, but comes to avenge the murder of his brother-in-law by the Boko Haram sect; to the Corps members caught in a post-election violence and fight back; and then there is Halima, an abducted girl from Chibok who suffers from Stockholm syndrome, and tries to settle down to normalcy after her release with some other girls.

The stories are action packed; depicting loss, justice, vengeance, bravery, courage under fire, sacrifice and patriotism.

Category: Espionage, Suspense, Thriller

 

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Poison by Yetunde Ojebola

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Title: Poison

Author: Yetunde Ojebola

Genre: Fiction

Format: Paperback

Book Dimension: 5.5 x 8.5

Number of Pages: 85

Publication Year: 2019

Publisher: Aprilspring Media

ISBN: 978-978-57429-4-7

Available at: Booksellers Bookstore and bookstores nationwide

Short Description: Poison is a story about how the parental backgrounds of twin sisters Amaka and Amara affect them differently and the different people they become from these experience.

Category: Coming of Age, Young Adult

 

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Stranger in Lagos by Sally Kenneth Dodzie

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Title: Stranger in Lagos

Author: Sally Kenneth Dodzie

Genre: Fiction

Format: Paperback

Book Dimension: 6 x 9

Number of Pages: 728

Publication Year: October 25, 2019

Publisher: Moskedapages

ISBN: 978-1701962989

Available at: Amazon.com and Okadabooks

Short Description: Halim Diobi is set to marry Eben Nosakhare, the perfect picture of a dream husband. Their wedding promises to be the talk of town, and all their plans seem to fall in place.

Eniola Adeoye has plans of her own as well, centered on Eben Nosakhare and finding a new beginning in Lagos.
Things don’t go quite as intended for all three, as unexpected curves ahead get in the way of their goals and leave them facing new realities in Lagos. They become strangers to each other, even though they are so close.

Stranger In Lagos is not your typical love story; neither does it follow the path of the usual Lagos story. Sally Kenneth Dadzie tells an enthralling and gripping tale of four young people, living their best lives and struggling with ghosts from the past in the city of vermin and lost souls.

Category: Romance

 

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Perfidy by Tunmise Onifade

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Title: Perfidy (Book #1, Legend of the Red Knights Series)

Author: Tunmise Onifade

Genre: Fiction

Format: E-book

File Size: 798 KB

Number of Pages: 159

Publication Year: July, 2019

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN: 9780463199794

Available at: Amazon.com, Bambooks, Smashwords and Okadabooks

Short Description: Perfidy is a fast paced fantasy novel set in the age of fiery archers and skilled swordsmen, of valiant knights and scheming nobles, of rich kings and struggling commoners. The story follows Corthiel, a young, adventurous huntsman from the southern province of Navlan empire, as he joins forces with other warriors to stop Sir Garhel, a beloved member of the royal family, from bringing Navlan empire to ruin with his high ambitions.

With the backing of a powerful sorceress and strong allies in Navlan and beyond, Sir Garhel is a force nigh unstoppable, but Corthiel and his friends must conquer him otherwise their world would be besieged by an evil for which there is no reprieve or respite.

If you enjoyed Eragon, Merlin, Game of Thrones and other such works, then this is for you.

Category: Speculative Fiction, Fantasy

 

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Masque Protocol (Short Title) by Kunle Odesola

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Title: Masque Protocol: The Birds That Became Foxes

Author: Kunle Odesola

Genre: Fiction

Format: Paperback

Book Dimension: 5.5 x 8.5

Number of Pages: 306

Publication Year: November 19, 2019

Publisher: Indie

ISBN: 978-1709689321

Available at: Amazon.com and Okadabooks.

Short Description: Against the backdrop of the nation’s transition from military rule to democratic governance, Major Baker finds himself on the fringe of the Foreign Intelligence Service until a series of seemingly unrelated events culminate in an audacious attack on a key member of the National Security Council.

The hunt for the perpetrators thrusts Baker into a maelstrom fueled by international political motivations and high-level corruption. In his sights are an old foe, and a situation that threatens the bedrock of the nation’s fourth republic.

Category: Political Thriller, Suspense, Military Thriller

 

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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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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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The Land That Shivers by Ebele Ufondu

Title: The Land That Shivers

Author: Ebele Ufondu

Genre: Fiction

Format: Paperback

Book Dimension: 6 x 9

Number of Pages: 327

Publication Year: February 12, 2019

Publisher: Ebele Ufondu

ISBN: 978-1732946002

Available at: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Walmart.

Short Description: When his father dies following a ghastly bus accident, Asa, an only son, must take on the role of provider for his mother and three sisters. Still jobless more than four years after university graduation, he must take desperate measures to ensure the survival of the family in a country where corruption has crumbled infrastructure and extinguished employment opportunities.

Asa, like his fellow citizens, has no ammunition against the state governor, who is depriving citizens of their livelihood by catering more to the good of his pocket than the duties of his office. He surrounds himself with a horde of bodyguards and police that kill at a whim. With the judiciary in his pocket, the governor gives off an aura of invincibility.

Faced with the choice of surviving through nefarious means or succumbing to a life that can lead only to starvation for himself at a dangerous crossroad, torn between choices that will change the course of his life forever.

Based on true events, The Land That Shivers is an emotionally intense story of survival that becomes an uplifting tale of the power of tenacity and the victory of the human spirit.

Category: Literary, Political

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Not Too Young to Run by Ogbu Eme

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Title: Not Too Young to Run

Author: Ogbu Eme

Genre: Fiction

Format: eBook

File Size: NA

Number of Pages: 90

Publication Year: May 2, 2019

Publisher: Ogbu Eme

ISBN: 978-9781230003212738

Available at: Kobo Writing Life and Okada Books.

Short Description: What do children really want? Hugs and kisses or toys every now and then? Well, these are very good gifts to give to a child, but they are not enough for the children of Port Winkle. Actually, the children in Port Winkle want their very own government that is free from grown-up interference. The brain behind this idea is a clever nine-year-old called Simi Coker whose interest in reading newspapers makes her aware of happenings in Port Winkle. This is how she comes to know the grown-ups are going to have an election which she thinks shouldn’t be a purely grown-up affair. For Simi, children have rights as citizens and must be allowed to participate in the election or in a purely children’s election for a purely children’s government.

Find out all about the rough and tumble, the daring exploits as well as what it means when children take charge of their lives through their very own government.

Category: Political Thriller, Children’s Book

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