Beyond Chimamanda: contemporary Nigerian writers

Interested to read more from Nigerian writers? Here is a round up of recently published titles:

And After Many Days by Jowhor Ile
In the aftermath of a teen’s disappearance from bustling Port Harcourt in 1995 Nigeria, a once-ordered family is irreparably shattered in ways that prompt its youngest member, Ajie, to embark on a quest for answers that reveals long-forgotten secrets and regional brutalities.

Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett
A fierce comic satire that touches on everything from race to social media while at the same time questioning the values society places on us simply by virtue of the way we look.

The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma
In a Nigerian town in the mid-1990s, four brothers encounter a madman whose mystic prophecy of violence threatens the core of their close-knit family. ebook available.

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Happiness, like water by Chinelo Okparanta
A collection of short stories centering around Nigerian women as they build lives out of hope, faith, and doubt, following such characters as a young woman faced with a dangerous decision to save her mother and a woman in love with another despite the penalties.

Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor
A famous rapper, a biologist and a rogue solder become world protectors after a first contact with an alien ambassador results in global chaos and an attack that threatens humanity with mass extinction.

Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta
A young Nigerian girl, displaced during their civil war, begins a powerful love affair with another refugee girl from a different ethnic community until the pair are discovered and must learn the cost of living a lie amidst taboos and prejudices. ebook available.

 

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All descriptions for books are from Novelist

 

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