Set in Nigeria, during the country’s civil war of the 1960s, A Time to Heal is about the struggle of a young cross-cultural couple to save their marriage in the face of ethnic tensions. The story revolves around Chidi, a young engineer who hails from the east of the country and Tori, a southerner. The Christian couple are recently married, this after a year of wrangling with Tori’s parents who objected to their daughter marrying from another part of the world.
Emecheta’s Second Class Citizen, published in 1983 by George Braziller, Inc, deals with Adah’s experiences and her courage to survive as a woman, a wife and a writer.
Ben Okri’s Infinite Riches is the third volume of The Famished Road cycle (The Famished Road was Okri’s first book). Having read The Famished Road earlier on, and, thus, been introduced to Okri’s beautiful writing, I had high expectations for this book. Thankfully, the beauty of The Famished Road carries on into this third volume.
Born August 14, 1944, Buchi Emecheta is a Nigerian novelist who has published over 20 books, including Second-Class Citizen (1974), The Bride Price (1976), The Slave Girl (1977) and The Joys of Motherhood (1979). Her books mainly focus on women issues, particularly the theme of gender bias. Other themes include racial prejudice and the experience of immigration.
Helon Habila’s new novel, “Oil on Water” is a confidently crafted and absorbing, in parts totally gripping, chronicle of human ambitions, tragedies and failures, but also of love, friendship and perseverance of the human spirit. Evoking the rich and beautiful yet fragile environment of the Delta, that is slowly being devastated by the greed for oil and money, Habila perceptively guides his different narrative strands into a poignant story that is profoundly personal even where he raises broader political and societal concerns.
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.
Things Fall Apart is the most translated African work of all time, appearing in over 50 languages, and has sold more than 8 million copies. It was not only the author’s first novel, but also among the first African books to be written in English, both of which facts make it all the more remarkable that it is still widely regarded as the seminal work of English language African literature.
In this volume of essays, first published in the USA in 2009 by Alfred A. Knopf, Chinua Achebe walks us through time; through his thoughts on politics and personalities; colonialism and self-identity; oppression and history and even the bias of narrative in children’s books.
“Measuring Time” is the story of twin brothers, their family and the people that shaped them. Living in rural Nigeria, village life and the natural environment add atmosphere and context. Habila’s story-telling talent are evident in numerous ways. His own narrative of people and events is interwoven with those of his protagonist Mamo, who in later years writes about the people around him and thereby becomes a recorder of the local history.