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Purple Hibiscus By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Purple Hibiscus is the story of Kambili, a self-effacing, teenage girl coming of age in Eastern Nigeria. Living in too-sheltered privilege, and at once in awe and fear of her fanatic, violent father, Kambili's world starts to fall apart after she and her brother are sent from home to briefly visit an aunt and their cousins. There, they learn about love and laughter, and so return to their strict, silent home forever changed...


Internationally-acclaimed winner of The Commonwealth Writers Prize for the Best First Book in 2005, Purple Hibiscus marked the debut of an astonishing literary talent. Purple Hibiscus is now on the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) list for Literature.
 

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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Americanah By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Americanah is a fearless novel set in Nigeria, England and America. It boldly takes on issues both big and small: love, race, home, hair, Obama, immigration, and self-invention. In the early 1990s, under Abacha’s government, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. People are leaving the country if they can and Ifemelu leaves for America, where alongside defeats and triumphs, she confronts the inevitable question of race. Obinze, unable to join her in America, goes on to live as an illegal immigrant in London. After several years they have both achieved success — Ifemelu as a popular blogger about race, and Obinze as a wealthy man in the now democratic Nigeria. When Ifemelu decides to return to Nigeria, she and Obinze must both make the biggest decision of their lives.


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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The Palm-Wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola
When Amos Tutuola's first novel, The Palm-Wine Drinkard, appeared in 1952, it aroused exceptional worldwide interest. Drawing on the West African (Nigeria) Yoruba oral folktale tradition, Tutuola described the odyssey of a devoted palm-wine drinker through a nightmare of fantastic adventure. Since then, The Palm-Wine Drinkard has been translated into more than 15 languages and has come to be regarded as a masterwork of one of Africa's most influential writers.
₦3,500
Better Never Than Late by Chika Unigwe
A timely collection of interconnected stories about the experiences of Nigerian migrants making their way in Europe, centred around Prosperous and her husband Agu, and the various visitors who gather at their apartment in Belgium. These ten tales explore their struggles and triumphs, from unhappy marriages (of convenience or otherwise), and the pain of homesickness and loneliness, to dealing with religious fervour and exorcism. Award-winning author Chika Unigwe provides a very human slant on the issues of migration so prevalent in contemporary discourse, writing with humour and acute observation.
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A Daughter of Isis: The Autobiography of Nawal El Saadawi
Born in a small Egyptian village in 1931, she eluded the grasp of suitors, before whom she was displayed when she was still ten years old, and went on to qualify as a medical doctor. In 1969, she published her first work of non-fiction, Women and Sex; in 1972, her writings and her struggles led to her dismissal from her job. From then on there was no respite: imprisonment under Sadat in 1981 was the culmination of the long war she had fought for Egyptian women's social and intellectual freedom; in 1992, her name appeared on a death list issued by a fundamentalist group, after which she went into exile for five years. Since then, she has devoted her time to writing novels and essays and to her activities as a worldwide speaker on women's issues.
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An Abundance of Scorpions by Hadiza Isma El-Rufai
Following a horrific tragedy, Tambay leaves Kano for Accra to live with her brother, Aminu. Sadly, her dream of a new beginning is dashed when she can no longer endure the indignity she suffers at the hands of her brother's new wife.
Tambaya returns to northern Nigeria and soon finds work as a matron in an orphanage, under the watchful eye of the ruthless Miss Scholastica. Just when she begins to settle into her new life, an unexpected visit threatens to destroy everything she has worked so hard to build. Tambaya faces moral dilemmas on all sides, but she must stop her life from unravelling once again.
Vulnerable, and surrounded by malice, corruption and greed, Tambaya struggles to shape her destiny. An Abundance of Scorpions charts one woman's journey through grief and uncertainty to a road that leads to self-discovery, redemption and love.
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On Ajayi Crowther Street by Elnathan John & Alaba Onajin (Illustrator)
On the noisy Ajayi Crowther Street in Lagos, neighbours gather to gossip, discuss noise complaints, and faithfully head to church each Sunday. But beneath the surface lies a hidden world of clandestine love affairs, hidden pregnancy, spiritual quackery and hypocrisy, that threatens to destroy the community from within.

On Ajayi Crowther Street peels back the curtains on the lives of Reverend Akpoborie and his family, to reveal a tumultuous world full of secrets and lies. His only son, Godstime, is struggling to hide his sexuality from his parents whilst his daughter Keturah must hide the truth of her pregnancy by her pastor boyfriend to preserve her and her family’s image. But it is the Reverend himself who hides the darkest secret of them all, as his wondering eye lands on Kyauta, their young live-in maid.
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Be(com)ing Nigerian: A Guide by Elnathan John
Becoming Nigerian: A Guide is a satirical collection that takes a searing look at how different forms of power are abused, negotiated and performed both in the private and public realm. Through attempting to satirise those who abuse privilege or power, it recognises that power can be found everywhere: in politics, business, religious institutions and homes. From the exploration of religious hypocrisy in How To Worship The Nigerian God, to A Letter to My Future Kidnapper which tackles the growing scourge of kidnapping, the collection is a jab at Nigerian society and what it means to be a Nigerian. Beyond poking fun at the holders of power, it is a summon, a provocation and a call for introspection among all levels of society. As it is often said in Nigeria, when you point with one finger, there are four others pointing back at you. This is an engrossing read for Nigerian watchers, and strangers to Nigeria alike, with its tongue-in-cheek look at Nigeria's relationship to the world, both culturally and politically.
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Dialogue with my Country By Niyi Osundare
Niyi Osundare's poetry, as exemplified in this volume, portrays the realism of a keen and critical intelligence.

Dialogue With My Country, Niyi Osundare’s latest book, which is a compilation of articles written under his 24-year-old column in Newswatch, makes a debut

Niyi Osundare, poet, writer and professor of English, is an angry man. Last week, many who gathered at the presentation of his book titled: Dialogue With My Country, caught a glimpse of his feeling of anger which emitted from the pages of the compilation of his column in Newswatch magazine. For 24 years through the magazine, Osundare had used the pen as a dagger to disembowel the high and the mighty in the society.

Keith Richards, managing director of Promasidor, who reviewed the book, aptly captured Osundare’s anger in his review. “While this is a collection that contains both wit and wisdom, it is fundamentally an angry book. The quiet rage may be contained in a wrapper of humour and softened by the style and pedigree of his prose but Osundare is true to his belief that the basis of all art is justice.”

According to Richards, not only were the issues raised in the column relevant today, but they were also prescient. When Osundare’s column criticised the Structural Adjustment Programme, SAP, of the time, he didn’t envisage that to date Nigerians would still be talking about the seven-point agenda and though he decried the National Electric Power Authority, NEPA, the Power Holding Company Nigeria, PHCN, is still a problem. He had written against campuses emptied by cultism in the past, yet today, they are laid to waste by Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU. In March 1993, he wrote surely, Nigeria’s democratic experimentation must be the most expensive in the world. He probably had not imagined that today the cost of the legislature would be colossal.  “It is no wonder that the satire and ridicule that appealed to Newswatch readers originally should be so contemporary till this very moment. It is no wonder that Osundare’s wit and humour, his passion and connection barely disguise his anger and frustration,” Richards said.

Richards said the book is a must read for those who want to know more about Nigeria. For one, it prompted memories and sometimes a bitter smile of reminiscence for older Nigerians.  For younger Nigerians, especially those educated abroad who are disappointed with the economic situation in the country today, it facilitates a greater understanding of those with a touch of grey hair. For expatriates ready to learn more of the background to the frustrations and anger felt by those who thought that this democracy would be the realisation of years of hope, it provides insight.

Dan Agbese, editor-in-chief of Newswatch magazine couldn’t agree more. Agbese, who was the moderator at the book presentation, had also edited Osundare’s column for the past 24 years and attested that the writer was indeed filled with a unique kind of rage that was surrounded with a bout of humour. “To me, he projects two charming personae. As a man, he is humorous but when he sits before his word processor, all traces of humour and laughter vanish because as a writer and social commentator, he is an angry man. Angry at a country that promises so much, yet delivers so little. Angry at our leaders, in khaki or agbada, for failing us and making a career and fortunes from our misfortunes,” he said.

Agbese said the title of the book: Dialogue with My Country is like a cruel pun on the word ‘dialogue’ because columnists in Nigeria always seemed to be talking to themselves.  Agbese believes that Osundare’s choice of the book title was meant to be understood as a dialogue of the deaf because though Osundare had been talking for 24 years, nobody has been listening.
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Infinite Riches by Ben Okri
"Infinite Riches" is the third and last part of the series about the spirit child Azaro. . In the chaotic world of his African village, Azaro still watches the tumultuous and tender lives of the Living; of his father who has been imprisoned for a crime he did not commit, and of his mother who battles for justice. This final chapter in Azaro's adventures is an explosive and haunting climax to this masterful trilogy
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Poems Of Black Africa By Wole Soyinka
Poems of Black Africa is a poetry anthology edited by Wole Soyinka, and published in 1975 (see 1975 in poetry) as part of the Heinemann African Writers Series. It was arranged by theme.
₦1,600
Nollywood:The Creation of Nigerian Film Genres By Jonathan Haynes
Nigeria's Nollywood has rapidly grown into one of the world's largest film industries, radically altering media environments across Africa and in the diaspora. It has also become one of African culture's most consequential expressions, powerfully shaping how Africans see themselves and are seen by others. With this book, Jonathan Haynes provides an accessible and au­thoritative introduction to this vast industry and its film culture. Haynes describes the major Nigerian film genres and how they relate to Nigerian society—its values, desires, anxieties, and social tensions. He interprets these generic stories and the cast of mythic figures within them: the long-suffering wives, the business tricksters, the Bible-wielding pastors, the kings in their traditional regalia, the glamorous young professionals, the emigrants stranded in New York or London, and all the rest. Based on more than twenty years of research and with vivid descriptions of Nollywood's landmark films and leading directors, this is a book of unprecedented scope on a major branch of world cinema.

Year of Publication: 2017

377 pages

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Jagua Nana's Daughter by Cyprian Ekwensi
From one of Africa's foremost novelists and master story-teller, this is a sequel to Ekwensi's best-selling Jagua Nana. The story centres around the heroine's traumatic search for her real mother. All the intracacies of family life and relationships are woven into the story, and Liza finds both her mother and a partner.
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Chronicles of the Happiest People on Earth by Wole Soyinka

The novel tells the story of a pact and an alliance formed between four friends, to make an impactful change in their nation. Now in the late stages of adulthood, against an evolving political landscape and a change of government, they drift apart, reunite, navigate complex familial relationships, and increasingly gain recognition in their professions — all the while, their paths interweave with those of prominent religious, community and government leaders, and the tide begins to turn against them, with dire consequences.
It is a dramatic and engaging read, laced with humour and extraordinary characters. The read also provides a realistic perspective on the state of affairs in Nigeria, with a depth of commentary. In Soyinka’s expert hands, the apparently disparate strands are woven together with a master story-teller’s aplomb. CHRONICLES OF THE HAPPIEST PEOPLE ON EARTH, is a great and unputdownable read from start to finish.

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Jagua Nana by Cyprian Ekwensi
Tells the story of Jagua Nana, an ageing high-lifer and habitue of the seedy club Tropicana, which is an evocation of the chaos and intensive life of Lagos.
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Koku Baboni By Kola Onadipe
Koku. one of a set of twins is customarily abandoned and left to perish. Is it right to do that? What about our "Human Rights" to live?

Did he survive the ordeal, ........ and what was the result of his experience?

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Second Class Citizen By Buchi Emecheta
A poignant story of a resourceful Nigerian woman who overcomes strict tribal domination of women and countless setbacks to achieve an independent life for herself and her children.
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Double Trouble By Anezi Okoro
living up to his nickname:"willie in trouble" Wison tagbo steals out of school night to far more trouble than he had imagined.
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The Boy In the Ark by Ada K.Agwu
Gomer, the boy in the ark, survives the destruction of the world by flood lasted for forty days. This experience helps him to develop a strong faith in Christianity.
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The Village School by Anezi Okoro
The village primary school comes alive from the moment that roll call is called to the moment when the end of the term brings an exciting change. The story of the school continues in the village Headmaster.
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Akin Goes to School by Ajayi and Crowther
Akin Father was against schooling but akin helped by some kind friends at ofa was determined to do well. Can he overcome the difficulties that stand in the way?
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Ibe:The cannon boy by T.E. Meniru
Ibe was a hardworking brave and devoted young boy. He never attended school because his mother -a poor widow-could not afford his fees. However, Ibe used his energy to work and help less fortunate people. with his bravery, he saved his village from the imminent danger of enemy invasion and plunder. by this, he became a village hero and his name was immortalized as Ibe- The Cannon Boy.
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Why There Are So Many Roads by Peggy Appiah
Why There Are so many roads is a collection of African Folktales which answers the question 'Why?' in the African environment. The questions range from: Why there are so many roads to Why do frogs live in pounds?
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The Village Headmaster by Anezi Okoro
This is the story of an African village community with the primary school as its focus; a down to earth story where most people are part-hero and part-villain; and where at a time of transition, life swirls around the village school and everyone is caught in its web or brushed by the swirl.
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The Boy Slave by Kola Onadipe
Set in West Africa in the 1870s, this is the story of Shettima, a boy who is captured near his village and sold into slavery at the age of eight.
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Spider's Land by Ada K. Agwu
Combining fact and fiction, this story offers fascinating information about spiders. It tells about their life cycles, their hunting and feeding behaviour, their predators and prey, the habitats of different species, how they spin their webs, and more.
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Magic Land of the Shadows by Kola Onadipe
After the loss of her mother and consistent harsh treatment from her step mother and step sisters, a young girl's misfortune ends when she serendipitously finds a land of the shadows run by magic.
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Finding Francis By Damian Asabuhi
Sarah is being blackmailed by Francis. Just as Sarah seems to be within Francis's grasp, tragedy strikes.
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ANGEL OF DEATH By Dlovu, Nandi
Zak Biko is a good looking, black South African born in Soweto, who has become famous for his prowess as an ace detective with the FBI in New York City. 124pp.

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DIRECTOR! by Ago Areo
Always intrigued by the lure of city life, Akinduro Falana uses his wit and cunning to make a place for himself and acquire the trappings of material success. But ultimately he has reason to wonder whether he has triumphed over the city, or the city over him. 121pp
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ANYTHING FOR MONEY By Babarinsa, Akinbolu
Justice Kadara is rich and powerful, but he has a shameful secret. 124pp, UK. MACMILLAN EDUCATION.

1986 0333366883 Paperback
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For Mbatha and Rabeka By Maillu, David G.
Country-bred Mbatha and Rabeka are childhood sweethearts and seemed destined for each other. Illness takes Rabeka to hospital in Nairobi, and while she is recuperating she meets the sophisticated Mawa with dramatic consequences for all of them. 149pp, UK.
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THE UNDESIRABLE ELEMENT by Mohammed Sule
Before his death, Mallam Shehu entrusts the care of his daughter, Bintu, to an old friend and begs her to fulfil his solemn vow that the girl will marry Faruk Abdu on his return from Europe. But before his return, events take a twist and lead Bintu down the path to tragedy.

121pp
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LOVE ON THE ROCKS By Sesinyi, A.
Driven out of his village by family feuds, Pule Nkgogang tries to start a new life in the city with Moradi, a girl from a wealthy family. He discovers that breaking with the past is harder to do than expected. 145pp, UK. MACMILLAN EDUCATION.

1981 0333325214 Paperback 
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SWEET REVENGE By Ulojiofor, Victor A.
Ovie's girlfriend is killed when a building collapses in a storm. He resolves to avenge her death and get even with the building contractors. 137pp, UK. MACMILLAN EDUCATION.

1982 9780333344422 Paperback 
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