I’m a Nigerian and I really haven’t been reading works by Nigerians, so henceforth each month I must read a book by a Nigerian each month. There are many amazing titles by Nigerians, that I know need a lot of love and I hope sharing them here on my blog helps with grabbing your attention/makes you pick up a title or more.
Title – Manchester Happened
Author – Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
Publication – May 23rd, 2019.
Publisher – One World Publications
Genre – Short Story Collection & Ugandan Fiction
An ambitious and assured collection of short stories from the internationally acclaimed author of Kintu
If there’s one thing the characters in Jennifer Makumbi’s stories know, it’s how to field a question.
‘Let me buy you a cup of tea… what are you doing in England?’
‘Do these children of yours speak any Luganda?’
‘Did you know that man Idi Amin?’
But perhaps the most difficult question of all is the one they ask themselves: ‘You mean this is England?’
Told with empathy, humour and compassion, these vibrant, kaleidoscopic stories re-imagine the journey of Ugandans who choose to make England their home. Weaving between Manchester and Kampala, this dazzling, polyphonic collection will captivate anyone who has ever wondered what it means to truly belong.
Title – Once & Future #1
Publication – March 26th, 2019.
Publisher – Rock the Boat
Genre – Science Fiction, Fantasy & Young Adult Fiction
I’ve been chased my whole life. As a fugitive refugee in the territory controlled by the tyrannical Mercer corporation, I’ve always had to hide who I am. Until I found Excalibur.
Now I’m done hiding.
My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start.
When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind.
Title – Ayesha at Last
Author – Uzma Jalaluddin
Publication – April 4th, 2019.
Publisher – Corvus
Genre – Muslim Romance Fiction
A smart young Muslim Canadian woman navigates the complexities of career, love, and family in this lively homage to a Jane Austen classic. “While it is a truth universally acknowledged that a single Muslim man must be in want of a wife, there’s an even greater truth: To his Indian mother, his own inclinations are of secondary importance.” With that nod to Pride and Prejudice firmly in place, Jalaluddin lays the groundwork for a raucous story that mixes a zany cast of characters with a tightly wound plot.
Title – A Toast to Life
Author – Juliet Ibrahim
Publication – August 2019.
Publisher – Prestige, Kachifo
Genre – Memoir
From Liberia to Lebanon, Ivory Coast to Ghana, Juliet Ibrahim survives the upheaval of war across countries, being torn away from the familiar and losing memories. But this is only the beginning of her story.
In A Toast to Life, Juliet is a child with body-esteem issues, a teenager dealing with abuse in silence, a young woman making mistakes in love and an adult finding cause to celebrate life.