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BOOK REVIEW: The Carnivorous City

When Igoni Barret wrote BlackAss, he set the bar high for any writer looking to depict the city of Lagos in a story. In BlackAss, Lagos throbbed, hummed and sparkled in every line you read. The story about the Lagosian who woke up one morning and found himself wearing a ...

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BOOK REVIEW: After They Left

In this debut novel, Edify Yakusak establishes herself as a word artist, painting her story with a wide brush of vivid descriptions. The city of Jos comes alive on the pages of this book as she takes us through a tale of sorrow, pain, anguish and despair. She chronicles the ...

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BOOK REVIEW: A Conspiracy Of Ravens

Crime fiction – or conspiracy stories, if you like – is not a genre Nigerians write a lot; this year, I think I have just come across just one of such books (Easy Motion Tourist by Leye Adenle). So I was very excited to read A Conspiracy Of Ravens by ...

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BOOK REVIEW: Under the Udala Trees

Under the Udala Trees is a coming-of-age story like no other, one that shocks us, scares us, tugs at our heart strings and lifts the veil on a lot of the issues we pretend to forget. In this brilliant novel, Chinelo Okparanta manages to take on the horror of the ...

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BOOK REVIEW: Blackass

In Blackass, Igoni Barret does for Lagos what Chimamanda Adichie did for Nsukka in Purple Hibiscus; he lets us experience the city of Lagos and takes us right into the novel in typical Igoni style. Blackass introduces us to Furo Wariboko who woke up one morning and discovered he was ...

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BOOK REVIEW: Love Is Power Or Something Like That

I was introduced to Igoni Barret when I read BlackAss, which I thought was a very good read. So I wasn’t hesitant when it came to reading his collection of short stories, Love Is Power Or Something Like That; I was already familiar with his writing style and his technique ...

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BOOK REVIEW: Sarah House

Sarah House by Ifeanyi Ajegbo has sat on my bookshelf for two years. I’d purchased it at the Garden City Literary Festival in Port Harcourt in 2014 majorly because it was cheap, and also because it was set in Port Harcourt; and all things about my city fascinate me. I ...

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BOOK REVIEW: A Box Of Chocolates

I have never really been a fan of short story collections; I often think they are like someone giving you scoops of ice cream but never letting you take the entire can to enjoy all on your own. What usually happens is that as soon as you are settling into ...

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BOOK REVIEW: Odufa

I was very wary before reading the book Odufa; mostly because the book had a massive PR machine driven majorly by the social media. There was a lot of talk about the book, including a hashtag, but nothing actually on its content. I observed it the way I observe food ...

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BOOK REVIEW: A Taste Of Love

Life is full of ebbs and flows; nothing is straightforward, the past can reach out and meddle in the present, and second chances are not always easy to accept. This story, with its twists and turns, is the story of Adoo and Toby. Written by Sifa Asani Gowon, A Taste Of ...

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