Browsing Category : Books Strokes

Sanctificum by Chris Abani – Chekwube O. Danladi


TITLE: SANCTIFICUM AUTHOUR: CHRIS ABANI PUBLISHER: COPPER CANYON PRESS PUBLICATION DATE: 2016 GENRE: POETRY NO OF PAGES: 356 FORMAT: PAPERBACK   Committed to ritual, to invocation, Chris Abani’s Sanctificum calls for a transcendence of emotional potential, encourages its reader to become unhinged in its exploration of loss and remembering, of movement and stasis. This is a text that teaches, that…






Read More »

Season of Crimson Blossoms by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim – Opeyemi Razak Oyadiran


TITLE: SEASON OF CRIMSON BLOSSOMS AUTHOR: ABUBAKAR ADAM  IBRAHIM PUBLISHER: PARRESIA YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2015 GENRE: FICTION FORMAT: PAPERBACK NO OF PAGES: 320   Abubakar’s debut novel opens rather jarringly into the confluence of societal and religious obligations (restrictions?), political discord and its agents, the much ignored trauma of survivors of religious clashes, all revolving around  a taboo love trying…






Read More »

Blackass by A. Igoni Barret – Opeyemi Razak Oyadiran


TITLE: BLACKASS AUTHOR: A. IGONI BARRET PUBLISHER: GRAYWOLF PUBLICATION DATE: MARCH 1 2016 GENRE: FICTION FORMAT: PAPERBACK NO OF PAGES: 272 Blackass is a boisterous dark comedy  filled with satirical insights on contemporary Nigeria that is pure Igoni, race, social media and its shallowness and mockery of the duplicity that is human nature, all set in the Lagos, the metropolis…






Read More »

The Hate Artist by Niran Okewole – Gbenga Adesina


TITLE: THE HATE ARTIST AUTHOR: NIRAN OKEWOLE PUBLISHER: KHALAM EDITIONS YEAR OF PUBLICATION DATE: 2015 GENRE: POETRY NO OF PAGES: 67 FORMAT: PAPER BACK   Let us begin, I suggest with Wallace Stevens. Writing in The Necessary Angel he said: “Poetry itself, the naked poem is the imagination manifesting itself in its domination of words”. Enter Niran Okewolein 39 poems…






Read More »

19 Ghazal Street by Laura Kaminski – D.M. Aderibigbe


TITLE: 19 GHAZAL STREET AUTHOR: LAURA KAMINSKI ( HALIMA AYUBA) PUBLISHER: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform PUBLICATION DATE: JUNE 30 2016 GENRE: POETRY FORMAT: PAPERBACK, CHAPBOOK NO OF PAGES: 34 In my formative years as a poet (I’m still in that stage though), I was resistant to lesser known forms such as Ghazal. As a matter of fact, I didn’t fancy…






Read More »

Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong – Okwudili Neobolisa


TITLE: NIGHT SKY WITH EXIT WOUND AUTHOR: OCEAN VUONG PUBLISHER: COPPER CANYON PRESS PUBLICATION DATE:APRIL 5, 2016 GENRE: POETRY FORMAT: PAPERBACK NO OF PAGES: 70   Ocean Vuong gives, in this first collection of his, the immediate feeling of wanting to melt, with stark images and a rawness that possess a sort of particularity, something of a trademark that can…






Read More »

Known And Strange Things by Teju Cole – Gbenga Adesina


TITLE: KNOWN AND STRANGE THINGS AUTHOR:  TEJU COLE PUBLISHER: RANDOM HOUSE PUBLICATION DATE: AUGUST 9, 2016 GENRE: ESSAYS NO OF PAGES: 393 FORMAT: PAPER BACK   If you are a “reader of every single word” (Petina Gappah has a great review here on that) then Teju Cole’s new book, Known and Strange Things, gives you a “sense of return rather…






Read More »

The New Testament by Jericho Brown – Tolase Ajibola


TITLE: The New Testament AUTHOR: Jericho Brown PUBLISHER: Copper Canyon Press YEAR OF PUBLICATION:SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 GENRE: Poetry FORMAT: PAPERBACK NO OF PAGES: 72   What Jericho Brown has done with the biblical imagery employed is profound, he relates with every black ‘brother.’ He is black, obviously, and relates with the vices that lurks in every corner waiting for a…






Read More »

a river’s journey by amu nnadi – Hauwa Shaffii Nuhu


TITLE: a river’s journey AUTHOUR:amu nnadi PUBLISHER: PARRESIA YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2016 GENRE: POETRY FORMAT: PAPERBACK   amunnadi’s newest poetry offering, a river’s journey, spans 172 pages. The book is divided into four sections, each of which holds poems that are independent in their fullness and subject matters, but seem inter-connected, as though telling a story. The first section, which…






Read More »

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue – Okwudili Neobolisa


TITLE: BEHOLD THE DREAMERS AUTHOUR: IMBOLO MBUE PUBLISHER: RANDOM HOUSE PUBLICATION DATE:AUGUST 23 2016 GENRE: FICTION FORMAT: HARDCOVER NO OF PAGES: 400   Behold the Dreamer is the sort of book you want to hold when it is so hot and you need someone to help you forget about the sweltering heat. The sentences are torrid with so much life,…






Read More »

The Birth of Illusion by Jumoke Verissimo – Kechi Nomu


TITLE: THE  BIRTH OF ILLUSION AUTHOR: JUMOKE VERISSIMO PUBLISHER: FULLPOINT PUBLISHING YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2015 GENRE: POETRY FORMAT: PAPERBACK   JumokeVerissimo’s second collection of poetry, The Birth of Illusion (Fullpoint, 2015), like her first collection I Am Memory (DADA Books, 2008) attempts to conquer or master the untamable by straddling humanity. In the Birth of Illusion, Verissimo lays claim to…






Read More »

Born on a Tuesday by Elnathan John – Redscar Mcodindo K’oyuga


TITLE: BORN ON A TUESDAY AUTHOR: ELNATHAN JOHN PUBLISHER: BLACK CAT/GROVE PUBLICATION DATE: JANUARY 4, 2016 GENRE: FICTION FORMAT: PAPERBACK NO OF PAGES: 263   Read “Bayan Layi” in the Caine Prize compilation of finalist short stories of 2013 and you’ll notice it continues in Born on a Tuesday, Elnathan John’s insightful debut novel mostly set in Sokoto in Northern…






Read More »

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi – Gbenga Adesina


TITLE: HOMEGOING AUTHOR: YAA GYASI PUBLISHER: ALFRED A. KNOPF PUBLICATION DATE: JUNE 7, 2016 GENRE: FICTION FORMAT: HARD COVER NO OF PAGES: 320   Language unbuttons me. This sentence “When he came back into Baaba’s hut to find Effia, the child of the night’s fire….” in the very first paragraph of Yaa Gyasi’s brilliantly calibrated novel keeled me over and…






Read More »