Our selection for the month of March is There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra, the recent book released by legendary Nigerian author, Chinua Achebe. Published by the Penguin Press, this long-awaited memoir revisits the Nigeria civil war, also known as the Biafran War, of 1967-1970. The conflict pitted the Nigerian federal government against the breakaway state of Biafra. A marriage of history and memoir, vivid firsthand observation and decades of further research and reflection, There Was a Country is a work whose wisdom and compassion remind us of Chinua Achebe’s place as one of the great literary and moral voices of our age. Enter this month’s competition for a chance to win a copy of Chinua Achebe’s latest book.
Our choice for February book of the month is Ugandan author Doreen Baingana’s multiple award winning debut, Tropical Fish: Tales from Entebbe
In this fiction debut, Baingana follows a Ugandan girl as she navigates the uncertain terrain of adolescence. Set mostly in pastoral Entebbe with stops in the cities Kampala and Los Angeles, Tropical Fish depicts the reality of life for Christine Mugisha and her family after Idi Amin’s dictatorship.