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.
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 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.
The life and times of a war hero who discovers the oddities of the world and returns to declare his own form of independence…An inveterate chancer and drunk gives a command performance as he outwits his boss…
Aida, Hurray for Somo and Other Stories is a thematic aggregate of Austin Ejiet’s creative output, featuring as it does the author’s earliest experiments and some of his most recent short stories. Although the stories are wholly fictional, they encapsulate three decades of Uganda’s violent history and, more importantly, the responses of human beings to crises engendered by pain and sustained brutality, giving credence to Albert Camus’ assertion that there is more to admire in men than to despise.
As teenagers in Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are leaving the country if they can. Ifemelu – beautiful, self-assured – departs for America to study. She suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships and friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze – the quiet, thoughtful son of a professor – had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a writer of an eye-opening blog about race in America. But when Ifemelu returns to Nigeria, and she and Obinze reignite their shared passion for their homeland and for each other, they will face the toughest decisions of their lives. Spanned three continents and numerous lives, Americanah is a rich told story set in today’s globalized world.
It is 1993. South Africa is on the brink of total transformation and in Walmer Estate, a busy on suburb on the slopes of Devil’s Peak, fourteen-year-old Alia Dawood is about to undergo a transformation of her own. She watches with fascination and fear as the national drama unfolds, longing to be part of what she knows to be history in the making. As her revolutionary aspirations strengthen in the months before the election, her intense, radical Uncle Waleed reappears, forcing her parents and sister Nasreen to confront his subversive and dangerous past.