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The Deity by M.A ESAN
The complexities of humanity as pertaining to the reality of his wants and basic needs may sum up his reactions to the thirst for survival; his characters are predetermined by the prior arrangements of these similar but distinct entities in array with his conceptional perspective of knowledge. What if the things we regard and so easily condemn to be carnal are spiritual re-enactments to stage equilibrium in our recondite nature of existence? The quest for power, strife, jealousy, hate, all pre-programmed in a time before knowing; after all, light and darkness exist co-dependently. The book describes the adventure of a man who is caught between the contemptuous colossal struggles of a demiurge to attaining sovereignty. As a vessel of light to the Empyrean and one to be sacrificed to unlock the hidden grace of Chaos, the faith of mankind confronts the threat of falling into the bosom of a new God.
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Voice of America by E.C. Osondu
E C Osondu's debut collection of short stories.
Many of the characters here have a relationship of sorts with the US, be it the refugee children who dream of being adopted by US parents or the mother who writes to her son who has emigrated to the US asking why his Western Union payments to her have dried up.
He casts a pitiless eye on Nigeria: brutally artless on the commodification of women and young girls in much of Nigerian society, the wastrel dreams of many of its young men, and the savagery of the police force.
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Only a Canvas by Olugbesan Olusola
This is an exhilarating tale of characters from different backgrounds, with different desires and dreams intricately woven together to create a tapestry of life. It is a refreshing and didactic story delivered n a very rich flow of language.
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Rebel by Bediako Asare
This is an exciting story of a man's struggle against a conservative fetishist priest to bring a better life to his people.
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Songs of the Marketplace by Niyi Osundare
Songs of the Marketplace reflects the image of a market arena where the poet can reach out to a majority of down trodden individuals who gather for buying and selling activities.
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Madam Tinubu: The Terror in Lagos by Akinwunmi Isola
The story presents a unique glimpse into the social and political powers of an important African woman who was strong enough to engage the colonial authorities, the indulgent African elite and the consenting traditional ruler. The ideological and moral battle is about the destiny of Africans in their own country, and the role of women in African societies.
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The Forest Dames by Adaokere Agbasimalo
The Forest Dames is a pulsating story about the devastating effects of war, in which AdaOkere Agbasimalo dwells on the sordid consequences of civil war on humanity and the tortuous effort to achieve normalcy. It features Deze, a young girl with a keen mind, who lived with her parents in a typical African setting and felt the pain of war. As an adulthood, the memories remain intact, haunting her.
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Waiting for the Rain by Charles Mungoshi
The award-winning writer Charles Mungoshi is recognised in Africa, and internationally, as one of the continent's most powerful writers today. This early novel deals with the pain and dislocation of the clash of the old and new ways - the educated young man determined to go overseas, and the elders of the family believing his duty is to stay and head the family.
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Stephen Hawking: A Biography by Kristine Larsen
Stephen Hawking is arguably the most famous physicist since Albert Einstein. His decades-long struggle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), combined with his singular brilliance as a cosmologist, has fascinated both the public and his colleagues in science.
In this engagingly written biography, Kristine Larsen, a physicist and astronomer herself, presents a candid and insightful portrait of Hawking's personal and professional life. Avoiding the hero-worship sometimes found in popular works on Hawking, Larsen emphasizes that Hawking is first and foremost a scientist whose work has made significant contributions to our understanding of the nature and origins of the universe. Writing in nontechnical language for the lay reader, Larsen clearly explains Hawking's complex scientific accomplishments, while telling the story of his challenging life.
Topics include Hawking's early lack of focus as a college student; the impact of ALS on his career and personal life; his groundbreaking work on radiating black holes; his later cutting-edge theories of black holes, cosmology, and the anthropic principle; the amazing publishing success of A Brief History of Time; and his status as a pop icon and spokesperson for the interplay of science and society. Larsen situates Hawking's sometimes-controversial work within the broader context of scientific peer review and public debate, and discusses his personal life with compassion, respect, and honesty.
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Numen! by Biola Olatunde
Ife is now married, and in the material world her status is elevated by Babatunde, her husband, now Kabiyesi, the Lion of his people.

Ife’s life and spiritual journey is still in a state of flux and uncertain. More than ever before she witnesses the corruption and vice of society, particularly among those who are supposed to represent the people. This complicates matters further. She is fully reconciled with being the incarnation of Numen, the ancient spirit entity, but Ife/Numen now needs to find purpose in this Nigerian landscape.
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Numen Yeye by Biola Olatunde
Numen Yeye is about two worlds, inextricably interconnected. Numen Yeye is a princess in the Kingdom of Light, and her spirit is channeled through a young girl called Ife, who lives in a Nigerian village. Ife's awareness of her Light connection grows, but not as quickly as her dismay with the abuse of Nigeria's religious heritage in dark practices. And yet she recognizes what relevance her heritage has to her peoples', and her own, personal lives. Numen Yeye is a story about Ife's discovery of her meaning in life, despite her growing, special abilities. It resonates with each and every reader. It is universal in theme. Numen Yeye is also about the spiritual lives of the Nigerian peoples, including their village customs and rites. It is a revelation. Numen Yeye is not a typical contemporary fantasy novel. It was written in Nigerian English and the publisher has taken pains in retaining as much of the idiom and style as possible through its translation, while still enabling Western readers to fully appreciate what is a very different, fascinating world.
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Rose of Numen by Biola Olatunde
Rose of Numen continues Ife's journey through the ancient rhythms of traditional Nigerian culture, and the impact of the modern world. Ife has come to terms with being Numen; her preoccupation now is how to effectively use the knowledge.
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Blood Contract by Biola Olatunde
Ken (Kenawari) left his village in the Niger Delta region many years ago, carrying with him emotional scars. However, he did make a life for himself in the city and built a reputation as a slick troubleshooter in inter-village disputes, of which there were many. He was one of the best operators on the books of the private security firm he worked for. Then it happened. There was trouble in his tribal home. Reluctantly he agreed to return. Not only has he got to settle a dispute that resulted in kidnapping, and tread gingerly through the political minefield of the region - including local robber barons, but he also has to face the most fearsome obstacles of all - his past. Blood Contract is not just an adventure set in the dangerous swamps of the Niger Delta, it is also the story of a man who is imperfect and must finally find some reconciliation with his past. Most of all, Biola Olatunde provides the reader with a vivid social commentary of the lives and challenges of those who live in this most neglected of corners of the earth. 
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Zandi and the Wonderful Pillow by Chukwuka
Customarily any child born with a humpback in this village is thrown into the evil forest and left to die. Zandi tries to escape this customary ordeal. Did he succeed? What were the results?
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Sixteen Great Poems of Ifá Book by Wande Abimbola
Sixteen Great Poems of Ifá is a book that provides knowledge on sixteen long poems from the Ifá literary corpus that serve as the most important genres of Yorùbá oral tradition. The work is a meticulous effort of the author to preserve, publicize and promote the outstanding ingredients of Yorùbá culture. The Yorùbá people consider Ifá as the great authority on mythology, history and philosophy, and indeed an unwritten textbook of Yorùbá culture hence, this book is presented in Yorùbá language with English translation and sufficient annotation for easy understanding. Adequate information on Ifá cult, its paraphernalia of divination, interpretation for each poem as supplied by the Ifá priests from whom the poems are gathered are provided to augment the knowledge of the reader about each poem
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Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Invisible Man is Ralph Ellison's only novel and is widely acknowledged as one of the great novels of African-American literature.

The narrator of Invisible Man is a nameless young black man who moves in a 20th century United State where reality is surreal and who can survive only through pretense. Because the people he encounters 'see only my surroundings, themselves, or figments of their imagination." he is effectively invisible. He leaves the racist South for New York City, but his encounters continue to disgust him. Ultimately, he retreats to a hole in the ground, which he furnishes and makes his home. There, brilliantly illuminated by stolen electricity, he can seek his identity.
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New Directions in African Literature by Ernest Emenyonu
This volume of the historic journal African Literature Today provides an overview of the position of African literature at the end of the 20th century and an examination of the directions that African literature is now taking with new and emerging writers and the growth of writing by African women. Contributors examine the influence of new concerns such as globalization and the view from the diaspora and anticipate where this might lead the next generation of African writers. 
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Children`s Literature & Story-telling - African Literature Today by Ernest N. Emenyonu
Brings much-needed attention to the numerous stories and folktales written for African children. AFRICA IN WORDS
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Film in African Literature Today by Ernest Emenyonu
A recent literary phenomenon in contemporary Africa is the developing relationship between film and African literature. ALT 28 focuses on the interface between film and literature in contemporary African writing and imagination. Contributors have examined the issue from a variety of perspectives: critiques of adaptations of African creative works into film, analyses of filmic structures in African dramatic literature, African writers as film makers, and the impact of the video film industry on literature and the reading culture in Africa.
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Reflections and Retrospectives in African Literature Today
This special issue of ‘African Literature Today’ is devoted to some of the pioneer voices of African fiction in the twentieth century: Bessie Head, Cyprian Ekwensi, Dennis Brutus, Ezekiel Mphahlele, Flora Nwapa, Ousmane Sembene and Zulu Sofola. The contributors explore the development of these influential writers and their impact on the continent and beyond, through a study of their writing, sources and influences. Some also focus on case studies of specific works which are particularly important in the creative development of the author. The contributions of these writers to the growth and development of modern African Literature are highlighted. These are also writers whose works, in the words of Chimalum Nwankwo in his Introduction 'have defined for their time a deep engagement and commitment with the pulse of the people...' Ernest Emenyonu is Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Michigan-Flint, USA; the editorial board is composed of scholars from US, UK and African universities; Chimalum Nwankwo [Guest Editor] Former Chair of the Department of English, North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro, USA, and Professor of English and World Literatures, is currently on sabbatical at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria
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Writing Africa in the Short Story By Ernest Emenyonu
African writers have, much more than the critics, recognized the beauty and potency of the short story. Always the least studied in African literature classrooms and the most critically overlooked genre in African literature today, the African short story is now given the attention it deserves. Contributors here take a close look at the African short story to re-define its own peculiar pedigree, chart its trajectory, critique its present state and examine its creative possibilities. They examine how the short story and the novel complement each other, or exist in contradistinction, within the context of culture and politics, history and public memory, legends, myths and folklore.
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"Civil Disorder is the Disease of Ibadan": Chieftaincy & Civic Culture in a Yoruba City by Ruth Watson
This book is a study of chieftaincy and political culture in Ibadan, the most populous city in what was Britain's largest West African colony, Nigeria. Examining the period between 1829 and 1939, it shows how and why the processes through which Ibadan was made into a civic community shifted from the battlefield to a discursive field. Concentrating on the early-to-mid colonial period, the book's focus on political discourse encompasses Ibadan's pre-colonial past, because forms of social action and political argument were always legitimated in terms of past precedents. This book offers a contribution to the social and cultural history of British colonial administration in Africa, as well as to the field of urban history. It should be of interest to anthropologists and social scientists for its innovative approach to the study of political culture
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The Days of Terror: A Journalist's Eye-Witness Acount of Nigeria in the Hands of its worst Tyrant by Chris Anyanwu
An eye-witness account of the events of the period when General Sani Abacha's military junta hunted down its opponents. The author, a western television, radio and print journalist, was abducted in 1995 and subsequently imprisoned for over three years. Her story begins in prison, written illicitly and driven by a sense of personal and moral compunction; and her account is filled out with retrospective interviews and wider perspectives on the human rights issues and knowledge of the international concern she would subsequenly gain abroad. She documents what happened to her personally and her contemporaries, and reflects upon the impact of the terror on Nigerian society at large.
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FELICIA By Umelo, Rosina
Returning to her village following the Nigerian Civil War, Felicia refuses to disclose the tragic secret that has left her a broken woman. 126pp, UK. MACMILLAN EDUCATION.

1978 9780333253472 Paperback
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My Diko: The Yoruba-Englsh Vocabularies' Teacher
Let us learn Yoruba to learn English. Learn English to understand Yoruba and be better proficient in both languages.
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ALAPATA APATA: A Play for Yorubafonia, Class for Xenophiles By Wole Soyinka
After an exceptionally successful career as a butcher; Alaba, the protagonist of this play decided that he deserves a life of quite retirement. Unfortunately beneath the rock on which he has chosen to make his abode are precious mineral deposits. Soon, both Alaba and the rock become a place of more than passing interest to everyone – from the lowly, to denizens of power: The outcome of this rollicking drama is more than anyone, least of all, Alaba himself, bargained for:

Wole Soyinka’s latest play, is a powerful satire of the idiosyncrasies and excesses of our contemporary Nigeria society; the corruption of power; opportunism and cultural alienation.
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Tenant Of The House By Wale Okediran
When he was elected into the House of Representatives in 2003, Dr. Wale Okediran, former President, Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) had a multiple mandate emanating from different quarters.

From his primary constituency in Oyo State, which voted him into power on the platform of Action Congress (AC), Okediran had the mandate of changing the lives of his people better than how he met them before election.

From his literary constituency, he had the intuitive mandate of delivering a book about his political experience. Three years after leaving office, Okediran finally delivered his mandate with a book launch recently at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Lagos. The writer and politician publicly presented his new work entitled Tenants Of The House.

Described by the reviewer, Dr Reuben Abati, Chairman Editorial Board of The Guardian as a factional work, the book is an account of Okediran’s three-year experience in the lower legislative chamber. The book also presents a chronicle of the intrigues and politicking that go on in the House as well as the manoeuvrings surrounding the infamous third term agenda of ex-President, Olusegun Obasanjo among other issues.

Commending the author, Ambassador Toyin Akeju described the book as a courageous effort and a major contribution to politics in Nigeria. On his part, Senator Olorunibe Mamora described his presence at the occasion as a personal honour to a long-lasting friend since their undergraduate days at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University).

The former Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly while likening the book to the classic novel, Animal Farm by George Orwell, described it as a satire of sorts. His words, “It reveals the desperate length politicians in Nigeria can go to actualise their dreams. It also depicts the disregard for morality and the fear of God prevalent in the polity.But I stand to take an exception to that kind of politics”

Also joining in commending the author, Gov Mimiko observed that the author’s love for writing and passion for politics had been entwined while they were both undergraduates at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ife.

For Hon Abike Dabiri, the decision of the author not to run for a second term in the lower legislative arm of government was a ‘loss of one of the good hands’ in the house. Dabiri went on to eulogize Okediran for his key roles in frustrating the third term ambition of the former president, which is well documented in the book.

Tenants of the House is a skillful depiction of the ugly underbelly of Nigerian politics unveiling the intrigues, chicanery, and greed pervasive within the country’s political and legislative processes. The book is a fictionalized account of the author’s experiences while serving in the country’s House of Representatives. It portrays with gripping suspense a nation in dire need of moral rejuvenation. The extent to which corruption dictates the fate of a country is best summarised by one of the honourables, Moses Adeyi, who says, "Who will stand up for anything except his stomach. All people want is money to eat."

But all in all, ‘Tenants of the House’, is a very interesting and revealing read built on an intriguing plot that engage the reader and guarantee the pages keep turning until the very last. It is one of the most exhilarating novels out there.
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Half of a Yellow Sun By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
An epic story of love and civil war set in Nigeria during the 1960s, Half of a Yellow Sun recounts the lives of three characters caught up in events larger than themselves. Ugwu, a young houseboy working for an idealistic university professor. Olanna, the professor's mistress, and Richard, a British expatriate in love with Olanna's twin sister, Kainene. Their relationships are thrown into jeopardy when Richard spends one drunken night with Olanna, and as the war escalates. 


With Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie firmly establishes herself as a most powerful storyteller and humanist, ''the 21st-century daughter of Chinua Achebe,'' according to The Washington Post Book World. 

The book has won numerous awards and accolades worldwide, including the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction in 2007.


 

About the Author:

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria. Her work has been translated into thirty languages. From the award-winning author, comes a new work 'Amaericanah' a powerful story of love, race and identity.Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, published by Algonquin in 2003, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Her novel Half of a Yellow Sun won the Orange Broadband Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her story collection, The Thing Around Your Neck, was the winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. A recipient of a 2008 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, she divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.

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