Hey guys! How’s your week going. This is my first time of participating in this meme bionicbookwormblog
I’m excited for this topic. I’ll be sharing books set in Nigeria because that’s where I’m from. I’m being fair when I say this, Nigerian authors are brilliant and are breaking new grounds everyday. Their books are also published in the US and UK, other parts of Africa or you can get them at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
1. Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo:
This has to be one of my favorite books. I’ve read it thrice now. I’ve no problems with reading it again. Marriage is a big deal. Having a child while married is the bigger deal. What happens to a couple whose marriage is one of love after four years of childlessness?
‘There are things even love can’t do . . . If the burden is too much and stays too long, even love bends, cracks, comes close to breaking and sometimes does break. But even when it’s in a thousand pieces around your feet, that doesn’t mean it’s no longer love . . .’ Yejide is hoping for a miracle, for a child. It is all her husband wants, all her mother-in-law wants, and she has tried everything – arduous pilgrimages, medical consultations, dances with prophets, appeals to God. But when her in-laws insist upon a new wife, it is too much for Yejide to bear. It will lead to jealousy, betrayal and despair. Unravelling against the social and political turbulence of 80s Nigeria, Stay With Me sings with the voices, colours, joys and fears of its surroundings. Ayobami Adebayo weaves a devastating story of the fragility of married love, the undoing of family, the wretchedness of grief, and the all-consuming bonds of motherhood. It is a tale about our desperate attempts to save ourselves…
2. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi:
This book won the Goodreads award for best debut author. It is the first book in the Legacy of Orisha series. The novel is rated 5 star everywhere. It is worth it. The world building of this fantasy novel is rooted in the yoruba culture while exploring other cultures and places in Nigeria.
Synopsis (Goodreads) :
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.
Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.
Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.
3. Purple Hibiscus by Chiamanda Ngozi Adichie:
There’s no debate, Chiamanda is a brilliant woman. If you don’t know her for her books, she gives talks on feminism all over the world. I recommend all her novels but I’m picking this one out because Purple Hibiscus is special to me. It’s her only book where the protagonist is a teenage girl. Kimberly is relatable and the conditions she found herself. Also, her crush on Father Amadi was just bitter sweet.
Synopsis: from chiamanda.com
Fifteen-year-old Kambili’s world is circumscribed by the high walls and frangipani trees of her family compound. Her wealthy Catholic father, under whose shadow Kambili lives, while generous and politically active in the community, is repressive and fanatically religious at home.
When Nigeria begins to fall apart under a military coup, Kambili’s father sends her and her brother away to stay with their aunt, a University professor, whose house is noisy and full of laughter. There, Kambili and her brother discover a life and love beyond the confines of their father’s authority.
The visit will lift the silence from their world and, in time, give rise to devotion and defiance that reveal themselves in profound and unexpected ways. This is a book about the promise of freedom; about the blurred lines between childhood and adulthood; between love and hatred; between the old gods and the new.
4. Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi:
This book is set in both Nigeria and America. There’s a kind of chill you get while reading this book. It is one of those you won’t forget for a while because there isn’t one quite like it.
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.
Read my full review here.
5. I’m sorry but I’m going to cheat here and mention two books.
My sister, the serial killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite:
This book is pretty much all over the book scene. I haven’t read it yet but I’m looking forward to it. I would admit that my excitement has been a bit dulled up by a review I read. I still have hope and when I do read it I’ll post my review.
When Korede’s dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what’s expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This’ll be the third boyfriend Ayoola’s dispatched in “self-defence” and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating a doctor at the hospital where Korede works as a nurse. Korede’s long been in love with him, and isn’t prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other…
Welcome to Lagos by Chibundu Onuzo:
I just got this. Haven’t read it though but I’m in love with the cover.
When army officer Chike Ameobi is ordered to kill innocent civilians, he knows that it is time to leave. As he travels towards Lagos, he becomes the leader of a new platoon, a band of runaways who share his desire for a better life.
Their arrival in the city coincides with the eruption of a political scandal. The education minister, Chief Sandayo, has disappeared and is suspected of stealing millions of dollars from government funds.
After an unexpected encounter with the Chief, Chike and his companions must make a choice. Ahmed Bakare, editor of the failing Nigerian Journal, is desperate for information. But perhaps the situation is more complex than it appears.
As moving as it is mesmerising, Welcome to Lagos is a novel about the power of our dreams for the future and the place of morality in a sometimes hostile world.
What do you think? Have you read any of this book? Are you planning to? I wanna know – everything and anything.