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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“The family is like the forest: if you are outside it is dense; if you are inside you see that each tree has its own position.” This quote captures some of my feelings after reading Homegoing. I have a large family and we're all pretty close. Whenever I talk to my friends about a family member, … Continue reading Thoughts on | Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
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
Second Class Citizen tells the story of Adah Ofili, a Nigerian woman born in Lagos during World War II. The story begins with Adah's childhood, dealing with her father's death and her determination to be educated, and describes her adulthood in London, married to Francis, an abusive and unambitious (some might say lazy) husband. The … Continue reading Thoughts On | Second Class Citizen by Buchi Emecheta
I'll be the first to admit that I do not like horror or mystery or any form of sinister suspense because I get scared easily. But when I spotted this book on goodreads, I knew I had to read it. And now that I have, I'm not quite sure how I feel about it. Summary: "When … Continue reading Review | My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Longthroat Memoirs is a lyrical compilation of essays about food – primarily food enjoyed by Cross Riverians and their other South-Eastern counterparts (Cross River is a riverine state in Nigeria, South East here is in reference to South East Nigeria). Summary: "A sumptuous menu of essays about Nigerian cuisine, lovingly presented by the nation's top … Continue reading Review| Longthroat Memoirs: Soups, Sex and Nigerian Taste Buds by Yemisi Aribisala