Marechera made an immediate impact with the publication of The House of Hunger. The novella and nine short stories, most of them set in Zimbabwe, symbolise both home and country as the 'house of hunger', the place of madness and violence and despair. Marechera describes a world in which tenderness has long given way to the tactics of survival, and he does so in a style at once explosive and loaded with angry humour.
An artist in mourning for a brother who died fighting in Bosnia, a restless young woman alerted to the possibility of life outside her tight knit community, an unemployed lawyer lingering in a Kenyan hospital - Lily Mabura's first collection of short stories deals with characters whose fates fascinate and alarm. Set in Kenya, the USA, Namibia and the Congo, these brief, evocative tales demonstrate an acute sensitivity to the globalised trajectories which increasingly distinguish our world One of Kenya's most promising authors, Lily Mabura's story 'How Shall We Kill the Bishop?' was shortlisted for the 2010 Caine Prize for African Fiction
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
A 2011 ANA/Flora Nwapa award winner about a woman that wakes up with amnesia and is forced to piece the puzzle of her life together relying on the husband she does not recognize, a friend living thousands of miles away and a diary locked away in an office that used to be her own.
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.
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.
This book explores life in the mountains of Kenya during the early days of white settlement. Faced with a choice between an alluring new religion and their own ancestral customs, the Gikuyu people are torn between those who fear the unknown and those who see beyond it.