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urichindere
By Dike-Ogu Chukwumerije
   

URICHINDERE


Winner of the Association of Nigeria Authors (ANA) Prize for Prose Fiction 2013. Below are actual comments (unsolicited and unedited) from people who have read this book: "Look, a time will come when I will arbitrarily divide the people of my generation into those who have read Urichindere, and those who have not. The book sings. It speaks to me, speaks for me, tells the story of me and you and all of us who were members of that uniformed tribe of boarders in 80's and 90's Nigeria. Burn Eze Goes to School. This book is destined to be the coming of age classic, when Nigerians start reading." Peter Oshun, a comment left on facebook "If you've ever been to a boarding school, especially in Nigeria then this book is a must read, it takes you down memory lane when life was simple and full of adventure. I found myself on numerous occasions rolling on the floor and laughing my head off! The book has everything...laughter, sadness, a good dose of fear, etc. In fact it is a classic! This book is to 1990's Nigeria's long transition to the present democracy what Chinua Achebe's Things fall apart was to the 19th century Nigeria's colonization by Great Britain." A review left on Amazon by a user named Dube "It's rare that I find a book that makes me laugh out loud, and then cry and then think; really think. This book did all three for me. I must say I'm pleasantly surprised. I love the conversational tone that runs throughout. You'll feel more like you are chatting with an old friend than reading a book. I started it late in the night (unfortunately for me) and ended up finishing it at 6:18AM since I just couldn't put it down! I highly recommend." A review left on Amazon by a user named Colour&Sunshine "A book has not moved me to tears in a long time. I found myself wiping my eyes when I remembered those dark days and all those who died for the democracy we now take for granted. I fell in love with the family love that was both hard and tender much like real Nigerian families. I mourned Uncle Ima, applauded Amakam and Owamgbo and celebrated those rascally twins. Brusque Onyema and tender little Mbe (Uchenna) stole my heart. Aahh, Ogechi, the quintessential little sister with the bullet fire mouth. I wanted to reach out and give her a hug. True friendship: Pips and Mac Jimmy, What else is there not to say? I could go on and on…" Eyak Ntekim, a comment left on facebook

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