Baba Segi is a polygamist with four wives. Of his four wives, only Bolanle, the last, is the wife of his choice. Bolanle is a university graduate. She has no “Iya” alias because she is unable to conceive. The other wives, especially Iya Segi and Iya Femi, who are both illiterates, see a common enemy in Bolanle.
Many writers have written about the Nigerian Civil War, yet Uche Ezeh is an important addition, writes Olofinlua Oyindamola. The dimension he introduces is one which acts as the cleric in the matrimony of fact and fiction. Ezeh deserves to be celebrated on national and international scenes. Yes, he deserves it! Jungle Drumbeat is a thriller, not just a novel, but one that has the potential of an evergreen.
Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo’s Roses and Bullets is not only a chronicle of the Nigeria-Biafra experience; it is also conceived in the womb of one of the life’s greatest mysteries. This mystery is of how the black pot produces white pap. It is of how war is the priest of love. It is the mystery of how Nigeria stands as one, despite being like a house whose pillars are shaky.
In Blackbird, writes Olofinlua Oyindamola, the rule of opposite reigns. Maya and her husband, Omoniyi, and their ailing son represent the have-nots while Nduesoh and her philandering British husband, Edward, represent the haves. Their society has a capitalist predilection. Yet, the poor do not rest on their oars, as they do all they can to emerge as petit-bourgeois.