In this book, Soyinka argues that all claims that Africa has been explored are as premature as news of her imminent demise. A truly illuminating exploration of Africa has yet to take place. It does not pretend to take place even on the pages of this book, being content with retrieving a few grains for germination from the wasteful threshing floor of Africa’s existential totality.
The Tragedy of Victory is a book written by Brigadier General Alabi Isama, providing the inside knowledge and information about the separatist war in Nigeria from 1967- 1970. Many books have been published about the war, since the combatants laid down their weapons in 1970. Yet, none has provided vital information about the conception, execution and end of the Nigeria- Biafra war. None as been backed by facts, evidences, witnesses, none was ever illustrated with photographs, maps and monuments like the Tragedy of Victory.
The Wonderful Life of Senator Boniface and other Sorry Tales is a collection of fourteen contemporary short stories, interspersed with poetry, exploring themes of human nature in general, and Nigerian social psychology in particular.
Thread of Gold Beads takes its readers to 1890s Africa, in the middle of a war. It is a story of war, which blends history, drama, love, betrayal and hope; it is a story of a little girl who grew up to be a strong woman amidst her trials. Nike weaves a beautiful tale which encourages and challenges us to pursue our dreams in spite of the obstacles we may face.
With effortless grace, celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie illuminates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra’s impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in southeastern Nigeria during the late 1960s. We experience this tumultuous decade alongside five unforgettable characters: Ugwu, a thirteen-year-old houseboy who works for Odenigbo, a university professor full of revolutionary zeal; Olanna, the professor’s beautiful young mistress who has abandoned her life in Lagos for a dusty town and her lover’s charm; and Richard, a shy young Englishman infatuated with Olanna’s willful twin sister Kainene. Half of a Yellow Sun is a tremendously evocative novel of the promise, hope, and disappointment of the Biafran war.
A true life story of events that happened during the Biafra/Nigeria war otherwise called the Nigerian civil war. It chronicles several terrible events never before reported. There is also the background historical antecedents that eventually culminated in the civil war. The war while it lasted was not all about killing, maiming, hunger, and starvation, and the various sadistic behaviours that were exhibited including, regrettably, cannibalism. There was unbelievably so much fun, music, and profession of love, lots of which are captured for comic relief. I refer to it as Africa’s version of ‘gone with the wind.’
Marrying history and memoir, poetry and prose, There Was a Country is a distillation of vivid firsthand observation and forty years of research and reflection. Wise, humane, and authoritative, it will stand as definitive and reinforce Achebe’s place as one of the most vital literary and moral voices of our age.
How have different forms of colonialism shaped societies and their politics? William F. S. Miles focuses on the Hausa-speaking people of West Africa whose land is still split by an arbitrary boundary established by Great Britain and France at the turn of the century.
Ravaged by the most brutal dictatorship in its history, Nigeria is at a crossroads. While General Abacha’s regime generates the very chaos it claims to be controlling, the country’s institutions and moral fiber are disintegrating. Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka believes Nigeria’s invent-from-the-top government is to blame. With each new cabinet, the government reinvents itself, leaving the country without purpose or direction. As the country doubles its population every 22 years, the military may become even more repressive. Soyinka believes that Nigerians are “primed for a campaign of comprehensive civil disobedience,” and offers an ethical map to guide the country out of despair. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.