The Heresiad by Ikeogu Oke

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Title: The Heresiad

Author: Ikeogu Oke

Genre: Poetry

Format: Paperback

Book Dimension: 6 x 9

Number of Pages: 116

Publication Year: 2017

Publisher: Kraftgriots (BookCraft Limited)

ISBN: 978-9789184149

Available at: Amazon.com and bookstores nationwide

Short Description: The Heresiad is the sixth book of Ikeogu Oke published by Kraftgriot Publishers. This book won the 2017 NLNG Prize for literature after being shortlisted and selected as winner from eleven other literary works. According to Kola Tubosun, the book speaks to an intense commitment to innovation, tenacity, joyful experimentation and social commentary in a way that provokes delight and engagement. Helon Habila, author of Waiting for an Angel and Measuring time, amongst other books, noted line after line of The Heresiad reminds us of why we need poetry and poets in the world. Nobel Laureate, Nadine Gordimer posits that there is no end to the wide illumination in the protean gift of the author. This book is credited to be 27 years of hardwork and a must read for every book lover.

Category: Poetry

 

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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Title: Children of Blood and Bone: Legacy of Orisha (Book 1)

Author: Tomi Adeyemi

Genre: Fiction

Format: Hardcover

Book Dimension: 6.3 x 9.3

Number of Pages: 544

Publication Year: March 6, 2018

Publisher:  Ouida Books

ISBN: 978-1250170972

Available at: Amazon Stores, Konga

Short Description: Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for an enemy.

Category: Thriller, Suspense, YA Fantasy, Magical Realism, Coming of Age

 

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Girl: A Novel by Edna O’Brien

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Title: Girl: A Novel

Author: Edna O’Brien

Genre: Fiction

Format: Paperback

Book Dimension: 5.4 x 8.2

Number of Pages: 240

Publication Year: October 15, 2019

Publisher:  Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 978-0374162559

Available at: Amazon Stores

Short Description: Girl, Edna O’Brien’s hotly anticipated new novel, envisages the lives of the Boko Haram girls in a masterpiece of violence and tenderness.

I was a girl once, but not anymore.

So begins Girl, Edna O’Brien’s harrowing portrayal of the young women abducted by Boko Haram. Set in the deep countryside of northeast Nigeria, this is a brutal story of incarceration, horror, and hunger; a hair-raising escape into the manifold terrors of the forest; and a descent into the labyrinthine bureaucracy and hostility awaiting a victim who returns home with a child blighted by enemy blood. From one of the century’s greatest living authors, Girl is an unforgettable story of one victim’s astonishing survival, and her unflinching faith in the redemption of the human heart.

Category: Coming of Age, Literary

 

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In The Name Of Our Father by Olukorede S. Yishau

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Title: In The Name Of Our Father

Author: Olukorede S. Yishau

Genre: Fiction

Format: Paperback

Book Dimension: 5.5 x 8.5

Number of Pages: 228

Publication Year: April 11, 2018

Publisher:  Parrésia Publishers Ltd

ISBN: 978-1724961631

Available at: Amazon Stores, Konga

Short Description: The desire to become a novelist suddenly seizes Justus Omoeko. He wants another title other than a journalist for which thousands know him. He is soon inspired by the story of a popular prophet in town and decides to write a thriller out of the dark patch that is the life of this renowned man of God, who has the Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Force, General Sani Idoti, as one of his clients.Prophet T.C. Jeremiah hits the jackpot when the military usurper in power recruits him to help ensure his longevity in office. Money begins to fall into his accounts as though he has a cash tree at the back of his house. But, the more money he makes, his family falls apart. He performs miracles. Yet, his ex-prostitute wife finds it hard to conceive.

Category: Thriller, Suspense, Satire

 

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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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