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8 Must Reads for Workers Day

By Nkem Egenuka on Mon, 01/05/2017 - 09:32

Today is Workers Day!, Thrill yourself with these books by Brilliant Nigerian Writers who are scaling new heights. Enjoy!


Title: Kings and Not Slaves

Author: Ola Osibodu

Set in the late 1700s, Osibodu’s novel provides an Afro-centric narrative on the cruelties of transatlantic slave trade. Prince Tsangu, heir to his father’s throne in West Africa, is captured into slavery and shipped to Suffolk, Virginia, USA. There, he is renamed ‘King’ by his captors. And so the story goes. Steeped in African mythology, Kings and Not Slaves is an essential new read for students of history, folklore, human rights and just about anyone that enjoys good fiction.


Title: What is Not Yours is Not Yours

Author: Helen Oyeyemi

Oyeyemi’s novel is built around the concept of keys, literal and metaphorical. The key to a house, the key to a heart, the key to a secret—Oyeyemi’s keys not only unlock elements of her characters’ lives, they promise further labyrinths on the other side.

Her tales span multiple times and landscapes as they tease boundaries between coexisting realities. Is a key a gate, a gift, or an invitation?


Title: Stay With Me

Author: Ayobami Adebayo

Yejide is hoping for a miracle, for a child. It is all her husband wants, all her mother in-law wants, and she has tried everything – arduous pilgrimages, medical consultations, dances with prophets, appeals to God. But when her in-laws insist upon a new wife, it is too much for Yejide to bear.

Ayobami Adebayo weaves a devastating story of the fragility of love, the undoing of family, the wretchedness of grief and the all-consuming bonds of motherhood


Title:The Port Harcourt Volunteer: Experiences of a Young Combatant in the  Nigeria-Biafra War

Author: Sam Ohuabunwa

This book is essentially the story of the Nigerian political crisis, which started with the January 15, 1966 military coup and resulted in the Nigeria-Biafra War (1967-1970). It is told from the perspective of a young combatant from the Biafran side, Sam Ohuabunwa’s experience from the day schools were shut because of the war, the duration of the war, and the day they were opened as the war ended. It portrays the various risks he undertook in his zeal to defend the Biafran cause as a soldier and the amazing miraculous deliverances he enjoyed…


Title: And After Many Days

Author: Jowhor Ile

Jowhor’s novel is about childhood, family and the dynamics of sibling relationships. It delves into the myths and realities of rural and urban African life while tip toeing political occurrences in contemporary Nigeria.  It’s an emotional roller-coaster as the story starts in Port Harcourt in 1995 when one family’s life is disrupted by the sudden disappearance of a beloved brother and son.


Title: Survival

Author: John Achile Yusuf

The loss of her parents, appears to pre-determine Ifechidere’s life. She is made to toil from dusk to dawn. Yet, she strives to work hard despite  the fact that she is no modern-day Cinderella, as she finds that faith in the will to survive which leads to the thing that was always meant to be …


Title:  Welcome To Lagos

Author: Chibundu Onuzo

Chike Ameobi, an army officer 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. But things are rarely simple, and the situation awaiting them in determines how far they can go…


Title: Lords of the Creek

Author: Tony Nwaka

Nigerian businessman Robert Akinyemi Edward has already agreed to postpone his retirement once to assist Adilax, a multinational oil company. With just three days left in his deferment, he receives an urgent phone call which determines his fate

Will he rescue the Princess from the Ijaw militia boys?


Title: Blind Spot

Author: Teju Cole

An innovative photographic project that explores how we see the world. The shadow of a tree in upstate New York. A hotel room in Switzerland. A young stranger in the Congo. In Blind Spot, readers will follow Teju Cole's artistic vision into the visual realm, as he continues to refine the voice and intellectual obsessions that earned him such acclaim for Open City.





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