Category Archives: Nigerian Literature

‘Stay with Me’ by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀

‘Stay with Me’ by Ayọbámi Adébáyọ is about so many things it’s hard to know where to begin.  From themes which are generally familiar to UK readers (difficult in-laws, neglected childhood, bereavement and infertility) to issues rarely covered in British fiction … Continue reading

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Enigmatic, and sometimes exasperating: ‘The Famished Road’ by Ben Okri (1991)

I’ve wanted to read ‘The Famished Road’ for simply ages. It always stood out on any bookshelf as a chunky, prize-winning modern classic of post-Colonial literature. Then, as time passed and my to-be-read pile only grew, it seemed like ‘The … Continue reading

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Where Outsiders Go: ‘Under the Udala Trees’ by Chinelo Okparanta (2015)

I had heard so much of the success of Okparanta’s ‘Under the Udala Trees’ in America, where it was published last year, that I decided to break my no-book-buying ambition for 2016.  To put this in context, the only other … Continue reading

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A is for … ‘Americanah’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2013)

Out of sequence, but well worth waiting for, I’ve finally read the first title of my diverse reading A-Z (devised as a response to #DiverseDecember in 2015).  At the time, it had felt almost like a cheat, after all, it might … Continue reading

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A Book of Love and Violence: ‘The Fishermen’ by Chigozie Obioma (2015)

I don’t like being overly free with the word, but I really can see ‘The Fishermen’ becoming a canonical ‘classic’ novel in the years to come.  The complex treatment of nationhood, language and identity means it’s a novel that demands re-reading.  For … Continue reading

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