EXCUSE ME! is a compilation of Victor Ehikhamenor's thoughts, experiences and keen observation while he was the pioneer creative director of NEXT newspaper. Most of these beautifully strung together collection of creative non-fiction were first birthed on the pages of the Lagos-based newspaper, Next daily, Next on Sunday and 234next.com between 2009 and 2011. Majority of the content were informed by actual socio-political events that took place within that period of time plus more. Also interesting are Ehikhamenor's illustrations and drawings presented throughout the book, especially those in the middle of the book which were done during morning editorial meetings. Praise for EXCUSE ME! Thrilling, captivating. If the book you are holding is your first encounter with Victor Ehikhamenor's writing, now you know that you've spent a lifetime missing out on prose's gift to Nigeria. -Pius Adesanmi, Winner of the Penguin Prize for African Writing, Author Naija No Dey Carry Last Ehikhamenor is a master of fluid, flowery, descriptive and vivid creative writing. -Ali Baba, Ace Comedian
Edikan is naïve, materialistic, incredibly thirsty and bordering on delusional. This lady has nothing going for her and is completely unprepared for ‘adulting’. You would think the reverse would be the case, considering her background, but it turns out growing up in poverty doesn’t necessarily make you realistic. This book is absolutely hilarious; but it’s not all fun and games and in the midst of the humor, the author touches on some serious issues. Like the experiences of unemployed graduates in this current clime, with unscrupulous people looking to swindle you at every point , everybody’s obsession with marriage in this country, and the patriarchal system that dictates that a woman is nothing if she doesn’t have a man.
Mma has just buried her mother, and now she is alone. She has been left everything: an apartment block in the Nigerian town of Enugu and enough money to last a lifetime. But she's also inherited her mother's bad name.
A humorous Nigerian parody of the popular Disney classic, Cinderella. Chinda Ella is the daughter of Babalola and his wife, Ella. After her mother's demise, her father remarries and then dies shortly after. This is her story.
Ada has always been unusual. As an infant in southern Nigeria, she is a source of deep concern to her family. Her parents successfully prayed her into existence, but something must have gone awry, as the young Ada becomes a troubled child, prone to violent fits of anger and grief. But Ada turns out to be more than just volatile. Born “with one foot on the other side,” she begins to develop separate selves. When Ada travels to America for college, a traumatic event crystallizes the selves into something more powerful. As Ada fades into the background of her own mind and these alters—now protective, now hedonistic—move into control, Ada’s life spirals in a dangerous direction. Written with stylistic brilliance and based in the author's realities, this raw and extraordinary debut explores the metaphysics of identity and being, plunging the reader into the mysteries of self. Unsettling, heart-wrenching, dark, and powerful, Freshwater dazzles with ferocious energy and serpentine grace, heralding the arrival of a fierce new literary voice.
The Concubine tells the story of Ihuoma, a beautiful young woman, who is admired by all in her village, but any man who got involved with her ended up dying due to the jealousy of her 'spiritual' husband, a sea king.
Second Class Citizen is the auto-biographical account of Buchi Emecheta’s emigration from Nigeria to London. It is a personal story that candidly depicts the challenges of living with a difficult and unfaithful spouse, of being a young mother with little money, and of the added challenge of racism.
Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland.
It is 1971, and Nigeria is under military rule, though the politics of the state matter less than those of her home to Enitan Taiwo, an eleven-year-old girl tired of waiting for school to start. Will her mother, who has become deeply religious since the death of Enitan’s brother, allow her friendship with the new girl next door Sheri Bakare? This novel charts the fate of these two Nigerian girls, one who is prepared to manipulate the traditional system and one who attempts to defy it.
This book follows Ice Prince from his time as a fledgling in Northern Nigeria to his breakout years in lagos and his exploits around the globe. It references his lessons, retells his experiences and recalls the subtle leaps that makes him a celebrated Nigerian story.