The book is a collection of a dozen short stories- which engage the reader right from the first page to the last. Many of the stories have been previously printed in journals but under different titles. And like all her previous books, this leaves the reader yearning for more.
Buchi Emecheta’s The Bride Price covers many themes from bride price to tradition and the caste system in Nigeria. Her book illustrates how cultural norms imprison women, in particular, but it does offer some hope that, someday, these barriers will be broken.
Nigerian author, Ben Okri is one of Africa’s most prolific and celebrated authors with a writing career that dates back more than thirty years. He is best known for two of his books – Incidents at the Shrine, which won the 1987 Commonwealth Writers Prize, Africa region for Best Book, and The Famished Road, which won the 1991 Booker Prize for Fiction.
Born in Gombe State, Nigeria, Helon Habila has been referred to by some as the new Wole Soyinka of Nigeria. Like Soyinka, Habila is both a poet and prose-writer, who has achieved international recognition in both genres.
Sierra Leonean author Aminatta Forna and South Africa’s Cynthia Jele were today announced as the winners of the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the Africa region. Forna’s book, The Memory of Love won the “Best Book” prize, while Jele’s “Happiness is a Four Letter Word” bagged the “Best First Book” prize.
Written by Africa’s well known dramatist, Wole Soyinka, the play has its setting in the village of Ilunjunle in Yoruba West Africa. It was published in 1963 by Oxford University Press.
The Jero Plays by Wole Soyinka consist of two short plays re-released as a collection in 1973. The Trials of Brother Jero first came out in 1964, while Jero’s Metamorphosis was published two years later in 1966. Both plays satirize Christianity and religious hypocrisy, particularly, the unquestioning devotion that many converts display towards their spiritual leaders, often exposing themselves to manipulation in the process.
The book has its setting in West Africa and was published in 1966. Like Amadi’s other books, it centers on traditional values in African society. Rivalry, conflict and disunity are major themes, evidenced most strikingly by the land wrangle between Madume and Emenike over a shifted boundary. Madume threatens to invoke traditional powers against Emenike.
Eyo is a ten year old girl living in Ajenagule- a seething, sprawling slum on the swampy marshes of the Lagos lagoon, in Nigeria. His parents are too poor to afford an education for her or her siblings so she is left with no choice but to hawk iced water on the streets to support her family. Her father is a jobless, incestuous drunkard
Born in 1964 in Nigeria,Sefi Atta grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, where she attended Queen’s College from 1974 to 1978, before moving to boarding school in England. She graduated with a business degree from Birmingham University in 1985 and trained as an accountant in London from 1988 to 1991.