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review 2017-06-02 08:08
What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories - Lesley Nneka Arimah


Lesley Nneka Arimah

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books (April 4, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735211027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735211025

    Lesley Nneka Arimah debut is a collection of short stories set in Nigeria and the US. Each short story is complete, solid, clear, and well written. I love her characters, strong, straight forward, and genuine. Lesley Nneka Arimah writing shows humor, horror, and shock in some places, yet her characters and plots flow naturally, and are engaging. I found myself immersed into each story. Her incredible grasp of language and the powerful way in which she uses it to form a story is unique, and captivating. Definitely something I would reread, and recommend


    ***Thank you to Penguin House and Riverhead Books for the print copy I received through a giveaway in exchange for a fair review.****

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review 2016-10-23 10:16
Christiana of Chibok- David Damey

   I enjoyed this high adrenalin short story, and yes there is no crime in that, but don’t ever forget to reflect on the truths told by fiction. That the subject matter uses the backdrop of the real story of the 276 abducted, imprisoned and abused girls, taken from their secondary school in Chibok, Nigeria, makes it deeply poignant.

   I have no idea if any of the story is based on detailed fact, but am sure that all of it has been experienced in individual realities. That it represents well enough the actual conditions faced by the girls is evident enough from the reports that have seeped out. A number of these women, for that is what cruel life quickly made them, have got back to their homes, each, hopefully, to eventually find the strength to report their own harrowing experiences. However, as I write in October 2016 we hear that about 200 of the original group are still missing, as they have been for the last two and a half years.

   I would like to think that this well written, powerful, drama, helps to raise the conscious of the world, though little seems too move governments to action unless there’s some promise of gaining political or economic influence. As a reader I assume that this Christiana is a fiction, though at least one girl of that name was taken. I hope all readers use the story as a spring-board towards finding out more, and then helping spread the word. Too few are doing enough to end the victims’ nightmare.

   The writing is very exciting, and should be a disturbing, read for all of us that sleep comfortably at night. The action is centred on the bravery in one girl’s struggle to survive. Let all the screams be heard.


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url 2016-05-05 01:52
A hunger for romance in northern Nigeria

Women and girls in northern Nigeria have a voracious appetite for romantic fiction that is taking on conservative attitudes in this largely Muslim region.

Written in the local Hausa language by women for women, Kano city's equivalent of the Mills and Boons industry, known as "Litattafan Soyayya", is a booming business.


Nigerian women


Read more here.

Source: www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-36172123
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review 2016-04-17 23:14
Disappearance in Nigeria
And After Many Days - Jowhor Ile

This is the story of a 17-year-old boy, Paul Utu, who walks out of his home in Nigeria one day in 1995 and doesn't return. His family is torn apart by his disappearance and struggles to go on with their lives without Paul. Paul was the oldest son in this family and was much loved and admired. The youngest brother, Ajie, is riddled with guilt since he was the last one to see Paul and he feels responsible in some way for his brother’s disappearance. The book goes back in time and details the family's relationship to each other.


I enjoyed reading of the everyday activities of this strong, loving family. I admired these family members and thought the author did a very good job detailing their lives in Nigeria and the havoc that Paul's disappearance caused them. But then the book veers off into stories of political unrest and the powerful oil corporations. That's when the book began to lose me and by the time it turned around again and got back to Paul's disappearance, I had lost the connection to that part of the story. There are moments of pure poetical beauty in this book and while I'm sure one of the author's main intents in writing this book was to bring to light the Nigerian politics of the time, I wish he had stayed on the course that the beginning chapters promised. The violence of the political atmosphere in Nigeria does have a connection with Paul's disappearance but that part of the book did cause me to lose interest. If this author writes another book that isn’t as politically grounded, I’d be interested in reading it.


This book was given to me by the publisher through Blogging for Books in return for an honest review.

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review 2016-02-06 21:55
The Fishermen
The Fishermen - Chigozie John Obioma

The Fishermen are the 4 oldest brothers in a family of 6 children. They live in 1990s Akure, Nigeria (where the author is from, originally). They live in house with a compound, and their father works for the Bank of Nigeria. When he is transferred to a less-safe city a 15-hour drive away, the family stays put while he visits regularly. And it is at that point that the family begins to come apart, as narrated by the youngest of the Fishermen, Ben. The local madman makes a prophecy, and the oldest begins to fear.

This story illustrates the interesting mix of of religions in Akure: Christianity (of several denominations, the Fishermens' family attends the Assemblies of God Church), Muslim, and an underlying belief in signs, prophecies, and superstition. This book is certainly interesting, but as the mother of teenage boys, I could only relate to the mom in this book, and I felt so much for her. And I could understand her—and I really just wanted all the bad stuff to go away.

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