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Top Book Picks of 2017

By Nkem Egenuka on Tue, 16/01/2018 - 17:35

The Icarus Girl by Oyeyemi Helen 

Icarus Girl tells the story of eight-year-old Jessamy Jess Harrison, a girl caught between many different realms. She is on one hand unnaturally precocious and on the other, childish in her displays of fits and tantrums. She is also trapped between the two cultures exemplified by her Nigerian mother and her British father... 

 

The Whispering Trees by Adam Ibrahim Abubarka

Kyakkyawa, who sparks forbidden thoughts in her father and has a bit of angels and witches in her; there’s the mysterious butterfly girl who just might be a incarnation of Ohikwo’s long dead mother; there’s also a flummoxed white woman caught between two Nigerian brothers and an unfolding scandal, and two medicine men of Mazade who battle against their egos, an epidemic and an enigmatic witch...

 

Things Fall Apart by Achebe Chinua

Okonkwo is a wealthy and respected warrior of the Umuofia clan, a lower Nigerian tribe that is part of a consortium of nine connected villages. He is haunted by the actions of Unoka, his cowardly and spendthrift father, who died in disrepute, leaving many village debts unsettled. In response, Okonkwo became a clansman, warrior, farmer, and family provider extraordinaire. He has a twelve-year-old son named Nwoye whom he finds lazy; Okonkwo worries that Nwoye will end up a failure like Unoka.

 

Gwendolen by Emecheta Buchi

This is the story of a young Jamaican girl, Gwendolen Brillianton, born into poverty and deserted by her parents when they emigrate to London. Being reunited with her parents and the siblings she has never met does not end her problems, and she realizes she must must fight her family and take control of her own life in order to recover from abuse and take pride in herself...

 

Imagine This by Adeniran Sade

This book tells the story of a young girl who is taken London to  Nigeria to live with her Grandmother at a tender age. She experiences culture shock…

 

Arrow of God by Achebe Chinua

Ezeulu is the chief priest of the god Ulu, worshipped by the six villages of Umuaro. Ezeulu and Umuaro fights against a nearby village, Okperi.After the conflict, a Christian missionary, John Goodcountry, arrives in Umuaro. Goodcountry begins to tell the villages tales of Nigerians in the Niger Delta who abandoned their traditional customs in favor of Christianity...

Head Above Water by Emecheta, Buchi

 

Mr Fox by Oyeyemi Helen

Mr. Fox is locked in a love triangle with his wife, Daphne, and an imaginary muse named Mary Foxe. Mary often comes to life but she also comes off the page to haunt, help and entertain both Daphne and Mr. Fox…

 

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