Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Book Review: Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta

Under the Udala Trees

Under the Udala Trees, Chinelo Okparanta’s debut literary novel, set in South-Eastern Nigeria during and after the civil war, explores themes of same-sex love, religious bigotry, betrayal and abandonment through the eyes of Ijeoma, the young, star-crossed female protagonist.  

In the second year of the war, Ijeoma’s father dies in an air raid, leaving his wife, Adaora, to raise their preteen daughter alone with little means. Despondent and determined to shed all reminders of her husband, Adaora relocates from Ojoto to her late parents’ house in Aba but not before dropping Ijeoma off with the grammar school teacher, an old friend of her father’s living in Nnewi. She explains to Ijeoma the arrangement is temporary, promising to send for her as soon as possible. Read more here.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Everything That's Wrong With Your Accent

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If you listen to Nigerian radio programs, especially those broadcasting from major cities, you'd have heard some radio presenters and guests adopting fake American or British accents. Sometimes, both accents make their way out of a person's mouth. While elucidation is important for a TV or radio career, one must understand elucidation has nothing to do with sounding foreign. A Nigerian accent is fine as it is. Read more here.    

Sunday, December 4, 2016

A Tale of an African-Only Bookstore

I've had to use a Kindle to read African literature since bookstores in Nigeria, if you find them, barely stock books by African Authors
Photo: Shayera Dark
A recent story by The New Yorker about an all African bookstore in Kenya sent tempers flaring on the magazine's Facebook page. Some readers, mostly non-African, accused the bookstore owner of racism, questioning the rationale in selling only books by black authors. While others welcomed the idea, arguing most bookstores on the continent peddled Western literature.

Read more here.