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Under the Udala Trees Under the Udala Trees


Author: Chinelo Okparanta
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, September 2015
ISBN-13: 9780544003446
ISBN-10: 0544003446


Inspired by Nigeria's folktales and its war, Under the Udala Trees is a deeply searching, powerful debut about the dangers of living and loving openly.

Ijeoma comes of age as her nation does; born before independence, she is eleven when civil war breaks out in the young republic of Nigeria. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced child and they, star-crossed, fall in love. They are from different ethnic communities. They are also both girls.

When their love is discovered, Ijeoma learns that she will have to hide this part of herself. But there is a cost to living inside a lie.

As Edwidge Danticat has made personal the legacy of Haiti's political coming of age, Okparanta's Under the Udala Trees uses one woman's lifetime to examine the ways in which Nigerians continue to struggle toward selfhood. Even as their nation contends with and recovers from the effects of war and division, Nigerian lives are also wrecked and lost from taboo and prejudice. This story offers a glimmer of hope — a future where a woman might just be able to shape her life around truth and love.




love does not win ellectionsLove Does Not Win Elections

Author: Ayisha Osori
Publisher: Narrative Landscape, July 2017
ISBN-13: 9789789588343
ISBN-10: 9789588348

Ayisha Osori, writer, lawyer and advocate for social justice, ran for the People's Democratic Party's ticket to Nigeria's House of Representatives in 2015 and lost. This is her story.