Set in Danhome Kingdom, now Benin Republic, Thread of Gold Beads is the coming of age story of Princess Amelia. Growing up in a royal household, Amelia is portrayed as a precocious and adventurous teenager, one who doesn’t fit into the stereotyped role expected from someone of her sex and social status. While popular in some quarters, she is also the object of much envy and hatred from others. And being the only child of the King’s favorite wife didn’t help matters either.
Fresh air is a collection of 16 short stories. The stories which cut across continents have a broad range of themes. The characters are portrayed in a way that the reader can identify with them and the situations they are in. Nsirim tells it as it is with no attempt to sugar-coat or to handle the issues raised in a saccharine-like manner.
Ipaja land was a village in the then Western Region of Nigeria that consisted majorly of farmers whose livelihood depended on the proceeds gotten from their cocoa crops. This had been sustaining them quite well until a year when the cocoa trees became infected with a disease which had no cure except to cut down the infected trees before the disease spread on to other trees. This was the advice District officer Stanfield together with an agricultural officer, Gregory took to the people of Ipaja. This advice although innocently stated with the welfare of the farmers in mind marked the beginnings of trouble in Ipaja Kingdom. And this was where Benjamin Benjamin came in.
Tinland is engulfed in another series of violent uprisings as have become characteristic of the once peaceful and serene state. Following a tip-off, journalist Zack Liman goes to investigate the cause of the uprising. This leads him to the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, Tangu Mila. The paranoid Mila orders Liman’s assassination – leading to some sort of domino effect.
“Smoke of Forgiveness” is a historical account of apartheid in South Africa as told by a fictional character, Zwelinzima Mazibuko. Zweli, as he is called, is the last born child of his parents. His entire family except his father work on a farm that once belonged to his great grandfather. The farm is now owned by Baas Potgieter, a white settler who had gotten hold of it through treacherous means.
‘Excuse Me’ is a collection of essays about Nigeria and Nigerians, it’s about a man’s view about the Nigeria he grew up in and the Nigeria he desires to see.
Kano in the nineties was a city known for its endless religious violence which left many dead or wounded, houses burnt and a general feeling of distress on its masses. Murtala’s family lived in this extremely hot city.
Four children – Ndike, Tobe, Somto and Ezinne – respond to an emergency call from home that their mother Ma’Kanu is dying. Ma’Kanu, who is in the last throes of death, makes a final demand of her children that her wake be held while she is still alive. The wake, she says, must be held with no tears and no sadness. The children must each tell her a story with random words she supplies them.
Imasuen’s Fine Boys is a tale about university life in the nineties drawn from the experiences of Ewaen and his friends. The Nigerian universities of the time, were characterised by incessant strikes both from the academic and non-academic staff unions, which regularly disrupted the academic calendar. The victim of one of many such strikes, Ewaen is […]
Weaverbird is an anthology, which features stories that are rich in themes easily identifiable to the reader. The fourteen stories cut across race and gender with writers as varied as Ike Oguine, Ayodele Arigbabu, E.C. Osondu, Tade Ipadeola, Tolu Ogunlesi to mention a few. The themes include racism, self-hate, love, homosexuality, fables, and friendship.