Chimurenganyana is a series of solos culled from Chimurenga, a pan African publication of writing, art and politics based in Cape town. This essay was first published in Chimurenga 11: Conversations with Poets Who Refuse To Speak (2007).
In the Niger Delta creeks of Southern Nigeria, nine expatriates are being held hostage by militants fighting for control over the resources from their land. At the same time, a series of seemingly unconnected events rock the country.
Alex Randa, a celebrated agent of the Department of State Services , with a compelling record of successes is tasked by the president to secure the release of the hostages; and to also uncover the sponsors behind the militants. With nothing to go on but the phrase ‘Operation Raven’, her instincts, and three unlikely allies, Alex quickly learns that nothing is what seems. Together, they must race against time to save not just the hostage but a nation on the brink of a bloody Civil War.
Othuke Omniabohs’ second book, A Conspiracy of Ravens is a deftly woven tale of love and hate, patriots and traitors, and of heroes and villians. A tour de force.
Building on existing scholarship on African history, narrative, gender and postcolonial studies, the author reveals how the Julie Ward murder and its attendant discourses offer insights into the journeys of ideas, and how these traverse the porous boundaries of the relationship between Kenya and Britain, and by extension, Africa and the Global North.
A Killing in the Sun is a collection of speculative fiction from Africa. It draws from the rich oral culture of the author’s childhood, to tell a wide variety of stories. Some are set in a futuristic Africa, where technology has transformed everyday life and a dark force rules. Others are set in the present day, with refugee aliens from outer space, ghosts haunting brides and grooms, evil scientists stalking villages, and greedy corporations creating apocalypses. There are murder mysteries, tales of reincarnation and of the walking dead, and alternative worlds whose themes any reader will identify with. This collection is deftly crafted, running along the thin boundary of speculative and literary genres.
A collection of social conscience poetry that paints the picture of the giant politician, the restless citizen, the clueless youth, those struggling to heal from life’s scratches and the ones hunting for words to describe their experience of fiery flames of affection.
A Season Of Mirth is a compendious analysis of dramatic and comic experience of a real village life. Set in Teso, Eastern Uganda, the novel depicts rural scenes, the highlights of which are the Okembe dance, the marriage of Anaro, OKanya’s eldest daughter to a police constable, and the birth of a son to Okanya, so long-awaited.
The novel revolves around the rhythm of village life and interpersonal relationships. Using a pervasive sense of psychological precision, the author exposes the woman’s subordinate role in a traditional setting and portrays the man (the protagonist Okanya, in this case) as a typical chauvinist, domineering, quarrelsome, pig-headed and selfish.
Written in simple, proverbially embellished language, with natural and realistic characters, A Season Of Mirth sparkles with humor and liveliness.