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12 Years a Slave, Steve Biko, and a Dead Baby - Librarian Book Picks

By ZODML on 31 Jul, 2014

Check out this week’s selection of great books chosen by our librarians! You can find all of these awesome titles and more at our Community Library at 196 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos. Looking for your next great read? Search our catalogue and e-library or browse previous picks for inspiration.

12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

1841: Solomon Northup is a successful violinist when he is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Taken from his family in New York State and forced to work on the cotton plantations in the Deep South of the USA, he spends the next twelve years in captivity until his eventual escape. 12 Years a Slave was recently adapted into an award-winning film and British-Nigerian actor Chiwetel Ejiofor played the role of Northrup.

I Write What I Like by Steve Biko

On September 12, 1977, South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko was murdered in his prison cell. He was only 31, but his vision and charisma - captured in this collection of his work - transformed South African politics and society.

The Housemaid by Amma Darko

A dead baby and bloodstained clothes are discovered near a small village. Everyone speculates on the story behind the abandoned infant: the men have one opinion, the women another. As the story rapidly unfolds, it becomes clear that seven different women played their part in the drama. All of them are caught in a web of superstition, ignorance, greed and corruption.

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