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The Slave Girl, Head Above Water, King Jaja of Opobo -Librarian Books Picks

By Nkem Egenuka on Mon, 30/01/2017 - 12:01

What are you reading this week? Check out the top three books we can't wait to read, selected for you by our librarian

Fiction

The Slave Girl by Emecheta, Buchi

The slave girl follows the fortunes of Ogbanje Ojebeta, a Nigerian woman who is sold into slavery in her own land after disease and tragedy leave her orphaned as a child.  In her fellow slaves, she finds a surrogate family that clings together under the unbending rule of their master. As Ogbanje becomes a woman and discovers her need for home and family, and for freedom and identity, she realizes that she must ultimately choose her own destiny...

Non-fiction

Head Above Water by Emecheta, Buchi

As for my survival for the past twenty years in England, from when I was a little over twenty, dragging four cold and dripping babies with me and pregnant with the fifth one - that is a miracle. And if for any reason you do not believe in miracles, please start believing, because keeping my head above water in this indifferent society...is a miracle." Buchi Emecheta autobiography spans the transition from a tribal childhood in the African bush to life in North London as an internationally acclaimed writer.

Children Story

King Jaja of Opobo by Orefuja, Temitope

A boy was born into the house of a certain couple in 1821. He was later captured by slave traders and sold into slavery. He rose to become a vibrant business man and king. 

This book gives a lucid account of the journey of King Jaja of Opobo from the early stages of his life till he became king over a town he developed.

 

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