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.
Released in January 2012, The Ghost of Sani Abacha is a collection of 26 stories by the witty and satirical writer Chuma Nwokolo and has its setting in Nigeria. Seventeen of the stories are published here for the first time. Contrary to its title, the book is not about Sani Abacha, the late president of the country, but rather it’s about everyday occurrence of the human life.
Life in the village can be fun and idyllic. It can also be frustrating and disastrous. It has a way of shaping people’s lives and putting them in a race to continually justify themselves. Such is the effect the village had on the Jumais, the family at the center of Diaries of A Dead Africa. This book tells the story of how rumors, envy and caring about what others said influenced the way the Jumais lived their lives.