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Welcome to Lagos

Welcome to Lagos

 

Author: Chibundu Onuzo
Publisher: Faber & Faber, January 2017
ISBN-13: 9780571268948
ISBN-10: 0571268943

 

When army officer Chike Ameobi 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.

Their arrival in the city coincides with the eruption of a political scandal. The education minister, Chief Sandayo, has disappeared and is suspected of stealing millions of dollars from government funds.

After an unexpected encounter with the Chief, Chike and his companions must make a choice. Ahmed Bakare, editor of the failing Nigerian Journal, is desperate for information. But perhaps the situation is more complex than it appears.

As moving as it is mesmerising, Welcome to Lagos is a novel about the power of our dreams for the future and the place of morality in a sometimes hostile world.

 

 

 

Never Look an American in the Eye

Never Look An American In The Eye: Flying Turtles, Colonial Ghosts, And The Making Of A Nigerian America

 Author: Okey Ndibe
Publisher: Soho Press, September 2017
ISBN-13: 9781616958633
ISBN-10: 1616958634

 Okey Ndibe's funny, charming, and penetrating memoir tells of his move from Nigeria to America, where he came to edit the influential - but forever teetering on the verge of insolvency - African Commentary magazine. It recounts stories of Ndibe's relationships with Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, and other literary figures; examines the differences between Nigerian and American etiquette and politics; recalls an incident of racial profiling just thirteen days after he arrived in the US, in which he was mistaken for a bank robber; considers American stereotypes about Africa (and vice-versa); and juxtaposes African folk tales with Wall Street trickery.

All these stories and more come together in a generous, encompassing book about the making of a writer and a new American.