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Hopes and Impediments: Selected Essays, 1965-1987 By Chinua Achebe
Chinua Achebe
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Chinua Achebe's books are being read throughout the Engish-speaking world. They have been translated into more than fifty languages. ... Google Books
Authors: Chinua Achebe, Bernth Lindfors
Copyright date: October 1, 1997

Hopes and Impediments: Selected Essays, 1965-1987
One of the most provocative and original voices in contemporary literature, Chinua Achebe here considers the place of literature and art in our society in a collection of essays spanning his best writing ...
Author: Chinua Achebe
Copyright date: 1988
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The Flute By Chinua Achebe
A young boy sets out to retrieve his lost flute, and encounters spirits who give him a magical pot.
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Another Africa By Chinua Achebe
Another Africa
Photographs and text help profile the culture, economy, social relationships, and people of Africa.
Authors: Chinua Achebe, Robert Lyons
Copyright date: November 13, 1998
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How the leopard got his claws By Chinua Achebe
How the leopard got his claws
Recounts how the leopard got his claws and teeth and why he rules the forest with terror.
Author: Chinua Achebe

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Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta
Inspired by Nigeria's folktales and its war, Under the Udala Trees is a deeply searching, powerful debut about the dangers of living and loving openly.

Ijeoma comes of age as her nation does; born before independence, she is eleven when civil war breaks out in the young republic of Nigeria. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced child and they, star-crossed, fall in love. They are from different ethnic communities. They are also both girls.

When their love is discovered, Ijeoma learns that she will have to hide this part of herself. But there is a cost to living inside a lie.

As Edwidge Danticat has made personal the legacy of Haiti's political coming of age, Okparanta's Under the Udala Trees uses one woman's lifetime to examine the ways in which Nigerians continue to struggle toward selfhood. Even as their nation contends with and recovers from the effects of war and division, Nigerian lives are also wrecked and lost from taboo and prejudice. This story offers a glimmer of hope — a future where a woman might just be able to shape her life around truth and love.
The Soyinka impusle :Essays on Wole Soyinka by Duro Oni, Bisi Adigun
"Literary duelist and inimitable dramatist, Soyinka, bursts into the historical scenes of Africa, taking on issues and societal flaws that most writers simply leave out. His unconditioned reflex, gut reactions and flashes of inspiration, through shotgun sketches of his eloquent and sharp pen, come from his impulse and are examples of the Soyinka Impulse."--back cover.
No Longer At Ease By Chinua Achebe
The story of a man whose foreign education has separated him from his African roots and made him parts of a ruling elite whose corruption he finds repugnant.  More than thirty years after it was first written, this novel remains a brilliant statement on the challenges still facing African society
African Short Stories By Chinua Achebe
This anthology of 20 stories are from all over Africa, grouped geographically into four different sections - West, East, North and Southern Africa.
Equiano's travels Edited By Paul Edwards
Widely admired for its vivid accounts of the slave trade, Olaudah Equiano's autobiography -- the first slave narrative to attract a significant readership -- reveals many aspects of the eighteenth-century Western world through the experiences of one individual. The second edition reproduces the original London printing, supervised by Equiano in 1789. Robert J. Allison's introduction, which places Equiano's narrative in the context of the Atlantic slave trade, has been revised and updated to reflect the heated controversy surrounding Equiano's birthplace, as well as the latest scholarship on Atlantic history and the history of slavery. Improved pedagogical features include contemporary illustrations with expanded captions and a map showing Equiano's travels in greater detail. Helpful footnotes provide guidance throughout the eighteenth-century text, and a chronology and an up-to-date bibliography aid students in their study of this thought-provoking narrative.
A Fight For Honey By John Iroaganachi
Big strong and powerful nations people and societies [like Mr Lion] should not think of that because of thier might they can take advantage of small and apparently weaker nations and people [like bees] we all have our disadvantages and advantages for survival in this world.
Songs of Enchantment By Ben Okri
A sequel to the Booker Prize-winning The Famished Road (1992)- -again set in a mythic African village besieged by corruption and malevolent spirits--once more celebrates the stalwart human heart's struggle to endure. Azaro, the spirit-child who defied his fellow spirits by refusing to die, continues the story of his family. His father had won a great fight, but, as Azaro reminds us, ``nothing is ever finished, struggles are never truly concluded, sometimes we have to re-dream our lives, and life can always be used to create life.'' Ahead of the family lie the invisible seven mountains of the family's destiny, and all they can do is struggle forward to reach beyond the chaos that now engulfs them. Azaro's mother has been bewitched by the mysterious, all-powerful Madame Koto, who owns a bar in the village. It is a place always undergoing ``fabulous mutations,'' where every day is a celebration, ``an affirmation of her legend.'' Azaro and his father eventually get the mother back- -but she seems changed, weighed down by the many disasters that threaten the village: a murdered man haunts the streets; a ``Jackal-headed Masquerade'' riding a white horse briefly takes over and establishes ``its kingdom of fear''; Madame Koto becomes a dread invisible presence that saps all vitality; women are turned into antelopes; Azaro's father is blinded, and politicians court the villagers with poisoned foods. The times are very much out of joint--a point overly belabored in too many evocations of evil--but Azaro's father regains his sight in a healing that is as much of the spirit as the eyes themselves, and Azaro has his own epiphany when he sees the possibility of serenity beyond the present chaos. Okri conjures up the fabulous with the same ease as he affectingly details the ways of the human spirit in a lovingly evoked African setting teeming with life--both real and mythic. At times repetitive, but stunning nonetheless. 
Starts Of The New Curfew by Ben Okri
To enter the world of Ben Okri's stories is to surrender to a new reality. Set in the chaotic streets of Lagos and the jungle heart of Nigeria, all the laws of cause and effect, fact and fiction, are suspended. It is a world where the lives of the powerless veer terrifyingly close to a nightmare. In rich, lyrical, almost hallucinatory prose Ben Okri guides us through the fabulous and the mundane, the serene and the randomly violent. The unrelenting Nigerian heat and the implacable darkness of the black-out and the military curfew are the backdrops for his characters each finding their own ways to survive. We witness their dogged resistance to impotence, their unquenchable humour and their insistence on the possibility of love in the face of terror. Written with the lucid clarity and logic of dream, Stars of the New Curfew is a book of visionary imagination.
A Time for New Dreams by Ben Okri
In A Time for New Dreams, Ben Okri breaks new ground in an unusual collection of linked essays, which address such diverse themes as childhood, self-censorship, the role of beauty, the importance of education and the real significance of the recent economic meltdown. Proving that 'true literature tears up the script' of how we see ourselves, A Time for New Dreams is provocative and thought-provoking. In an intriguing marriage of style and content, the concise but perfectly formed essays in this collection push the parameters of writing whilst asking profound questions about who we are and the future that awaits us.
The Farmished Road by Ben Okri
The narrator, Azaro, is an abiku, a spirit child, who in the Yoruba tradition of Nigeria exists between life and death. The life he foresees for himself and the tale he tells is full of sadness and tragedy, but inexplicably he is born with a smile on his face. Nearly called back to the land of the dead, he is resurrected. But in their efforts to save their child, Azaro's loving parents are made destitute. The tension between the land of the living, with its violence and political struggles, and the temptations of the carefree kingdom of the spirits propels this latter-day Lazarus's story. In the decade since it won the Booker Prize Ben Okri's Famished Road has become a classic, as it combines a brilliant narrative technique with a fresh vision to create an essential work of world literature.
The Bee Chase By John Anakwenze
Do you have a terrible memory from your childhood that you can't escape? Maybe you remember it daily, or maybe there is a certain trigger that takes you back to that time and place. Udenka, a boy in Nigeria, thought his painful memories were left in the past. His childhood was difficult; he was small, underfed and struggled to make it through school. Poverty, civil war and death were all trying to block his future. Despite this, he used his humble persistence and intelligence to eventually become a doctor. However, one experience in his past was different than the rest: the bee chase. Read on to share in his journey and uncover how a traumatic sight in Udenka's young life vibrantly comes back to him, even with all else he has overcome in the passing years.
Cutting Ties by Abbey Razak
Abbey Razak shares her harrowing tales of years of marital abuse in Cutting Ties. Join Abbey as she details her experience with her toxic marriage with a religious fanatic, a meddling mother in law, dealing with depression but finally rising above it all to begin on the path to a new life with her children and with hope that the future will only get better.
Smile, My Beloved Country by Emeka Onwusorom
In this book, the author tries to foresee a better future for Nigeria especially as it concerns her democratic process. Indeed, this book arouses the imagination of the reader and fills it with the portrait of a Country, mainly composed of conscience-driven individuals that are willing to put their selfish interests aside to contribute their quota to the development of their beloved country, Nigeria. Though this seems highly impossible in the present day Nigeria, this book still relays a message of hope to those Nigerians that have completely lost faith in the political, social and economic capabilities of the country.
The Example of Shakespeare By J. P. Clark
When JP turned 80, I was in Kiagbodo. And there I said that he taught many of us much younger Nigerian poets how to write. Not literally, of course, but by what — adapting the title of his famous essay, “The Example of Shakespeare” — we might call “The Example of J. P. Clark.” With Wole Soyinka, the fledgling poet is bound to feel not a little intimidated: the sheer density and complexity of thought and diction, syntax and semantics, might easily make him or her think that poetry was perhaps a dream too far.
Bitter Leafing Woman by Karen King-Aribisala
Set in Nigeria, Bitter Leafing Woman relates the experiences of Woman as she chews the bitter leaves of patriarchal oppression in a bid to transform them into gender balanced sweetness. Here Woman becomes a symbol of the oppressed; of women and men alike.
The Combat by Kole Omotosho
The Combat, Published In 1972, Unforgettably Recounts The Torn Friendship Between Two Contenders Over The Paternity Rights Of The Child Of A Market Girl, Now A Sophisticated Businesswoman. A Poignant Memorial To The Biafran Civil War, It Is Also A Vigorous And Hilarious Satire Of The Power-Hungry Manipulations Of The Largest Black Nation On Earth, Together With Its South African Intriguers.
When We Speak of Nothing by Olumide Popoola
When We Speak of Nothing by Olumide Popoola is a raw story, which tugs at the humanity of all of us. The story opens up with Abu and Karl; brothers beyond blood, bound by camaraderie and seared in unspoken words. Their shared experience keeps them together, especially as racially motivated violence lurks around them, reminding us yet again how dangerous the west can be for people who look a certain way.
Tail of the Blue Bird: Nii Ayikwei Parkes
'Tail of the Blue Bird' is a story of the mythical heart of Africa, of the clash and clasp between old and new worlds. Lyrically beautiful, at once uncanny and heart-warmingly human, this is a story that tells us that at the heart of modern man there remains the capacity to know the unknowable.
The Gods of My Parents by Dimeji Sodeke

Sodeke Dimeji’s The Gods of my Parents, a novel, is an exposé on Nigeria’s disrupted state of religious, cultural and societal make-believe with viable propositions to achieving the desired change.

The author shows his patriotic zeal for the country in five chapters. In weaving through the need for youths to take up leadership mandate, he uses an organised revolutionary system of ‘unity in diversity’. 

Three Weeks in Camp by Okafor Patrick
Based on diary entries during the time the author spent at the orientation course for the Lagos State NYSE.
Once Upon a Jambite by Okafor Patrick
Based on diary entries during the author's Freshman or Jambite year at the University of Benin beginning in 2001.
Colours Of Hatred by Obinna Udenwe
On her deathbed, Leona seeks forgiveness by confessional. Dastardly as the sin is, it is an act of love, loyalty, disobedience, and perceived fairness. How did she get here, where she, an internationally renowned model, is forced to kill her father-in-law to avenge her mother's death?Set against a background of real events, Colours of Hatred is a complex web of plots detailing a woman's journey from childhood through the fire and anvil of love, loss, betrayal, lust, and duty.Obinna Udenwe's Colours of Hatred is a daring novel that spans decades in its examination of how the effects of violence, political upheaval and revenge can alter the lives of individuals irrevocably. 
Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga
Nervous Conditions is a novel by Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga, first published in the United Kingdom in 1988. It was the first book published by a black woman from Zimbabwe in English.
Petals of Blood by Ngugi wa Thiong'o
Petals of Blood is a novel written by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o and first published in 1977. Set in Kenya just after independence, the story follows four characters – Munira, Abdulla, Wanja, and Karega – whose lives are intertwined due to the Mau Mau rebellion.
I Do Not Come to You by Chance by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
Kingsley is fresh out of university, eager to find an engineering job so he can support his family and marry the girl of his dreams. Being the opara of the family, he is entitled to certain privileges - a piece of meat in his egusi soup, a party to celebrate his graduation. But times are hard in Nigeria and jobs are not easy to come by.

For much of his young life, Kingsley believed that education was everything, that through wisdom, all things were possible. But when a tragedy befalls his family, Kingsley learns the hardest lesson of all: education may be the language of success in his country, but it is money that does the talking. In desperation he turns to his uncle, Boniface-aka Cash Daddy-an exuberant character who suffers from elephantiasis of the pocket.

He is also rumoured to run a successful empire of email scams. But he can help. With Cash Daddy's intervention, Kingsley and his family can be as safe as a tortoise under its shell. It is up to Kingsley now, to reconcile his passion for knowledge with his hunger for money, to fully assume his role of first son. But can he do it without being drawn into this outlandish milieu?
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