Arrow of God, republished by Anchor in 1989, is Achebe’s third novel following after Things Fall Apart and No Longer at Ease. The first paragraph in the novel starts thus: ‘This is the third nightfall since he began to look for signs of the new moon. He knew it would come today but he always […]
Baba Segi is a polygamist with four wives. Of his four wives, only Bolanle, the last, is the wife of his choice. Bolanle is a university graduate. She has no “Iya” alias because she is unable to conceive. The other wives, especially Iya Segi and Iya Femi, who are both illiterates, see a common enemy in Bolanle.
Many writers have written about the Nigerian Civil War, yet Uche Ezeh is an important addition, writes Olofinlua Oyindamola. The dimension he introduces is one which acts as the cleric in the matrimony of fact and fiction. Ezeh deserves to be celebrated on national and international scenes. Yes, he deserves it! Jungle Drumbeat is a thriller, not just a novel, but one that has the potential of an evergreen.
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.