I'm Telling The Truth, but I'm Lying is a memoir written as a collection of essays about Bassey Ikpi, and her journey with Bipolar II disorder. It is raw, emotional and moving. For more details, read the goodreads summary here. I had a hard time reading this book in the beginning because I was unfamiliar … Continue reading Review | I’m Telling The Truth, but I’m Lying by Bassey Ikpi
Hibiscus is a beautiful cookbook filled with not-so-traditional Nigerian dishes. The book has a heavy British influence, which is expected, since the writer was raised in the UK. It was birthed after, Lopè Ariyo won the Red magazine and Harper Collins publishing competition in 2016. And the result is stunning! If you leave this post … Continue reading Review | Hibiscus by Lopè Ariyo
Set in South Africa, Such a Lonely, Lovely Road is about Kabelo, a doctor who struggles with the expectations of his parents and community. Kabelo grew up in a township, where he learnt early on that it is shameful to be gay or to be considered gay. So he tries to hide his sexuality, to … Continue reading Review | Such a Lonely, Lovely Road by Kagiso Lesego Molope
David Mogo, Godhunter is a gritty narrative about the Lagos underworld, Isale Eko (or Eko Isale) after displaced gods start inhabiting the city. Read the goodreads description. It is not a 'pretty' or 'flowery' novel. There is crime, blood, violence, and a good dose of profanity. A chunk of the dialogue is in Pidgin and … Continue reading Review | David Mogo, Godhunter by Suyi Davies Okungbowa
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I Will Always Write Back is a heartwarming story about friendship across continents, cultures, and class differences. It is the true story of Martin, a bright young boy in an impoverished city in Zimbabwe, and Caitlin, a more-privileged friendly American girl. Their relationship started as a pen pal assignment, and developed into an almost-kinship that … Continue reading Review | I Will Always Write Back by Catlin Alifirenka & Martin Ganda, with Liz Welch
Changes is about Esi, a 'modern woman' in Ghana, who leaves her husband because of their unhappy marriage (and an incident of marital rape). She finds love soon after, in a polygamous relationship. In this story, Esi navigates what it means to live on her own terms, as a woman in 1990s Ghana. I was … Continue reading Review | Changes by Ama Ata Aidoo