So we are more than halfway through the year and many a lot of books are still being released this year. So I gathered a list of some of the books written by Nigerian authors that will be published from Aug – Sept so if you are a lover of Nigerian literature this list is for you. If you are looking to start reading Nigerian literature check out this list too and get introduced to great authors.
LA GUARDIA BY NNEDI OKORAFOR
I’m sure you all aren’t surprised that I’m starting the list with Nnedi’s book. Yes she is writing another comic which will be illustrated by Tana Ford and tells the story of a pregnant Nigerian – American doctor who returns to New York from Nigeria but she doesn’t come to New york alone, she smuggles an illegal alien plant in as well. Nnedi Okorafor is the award-winning author who wrote Who fears death, Binti trilogy , Black panther and Wakanda forever comics among other books. This will be a four issue mini series and I cant wait to see the world Nnedi creates in this comic. The first issue will be published on October 31st. Did you also know she is also going to write a black panther spinoff centered around Shuri, AHHH so excited.
Set in an alternative world where aliens have come to Earth and integrated with society, LaGuardia revolves around a pregnant Nigerian-American doctor, Future Nwafor Chukwuebuka who has just returned to NYC under mysterious conditions. After smuggling an illegal alien plant named “Letme Live” through LaGuardia International and Interstellar Airport’s customs and security, she arrives at her grandmother’s tenement, the New Hope Apartments in the South Bronx.
There, she and Letme become part of a growing population of mostly African and shape-shifting alien immigrants, battling against interrogation, discrimination and travel bans, as they try to make it in a new land. But, as the birth of her child nears, Future begins to change in more ways than one. What dark secret is she hiding?
WHEN TROUBLE SLEEPS BY LEYE ADENLE
Amaka Mbadiwe returns in this gripping sequel to the award-winning Easy Motion Tourist, and trouble isn’t far behind her. The self-appointed saviour of Lagos’ sex workers, Amaka may have bitten off more than she can chew this time as she finds herself embroiled in a political scandal. When a plane crash kills the state gubernatorial candidate, the party picks a replacement who is assured of winning the election: Chief Ojo. But Amaka knows the skeletons that lurk in Chief Ojo’s closet, including what took place at the Harem, the secret sex club on the outskirts of Lagos that he frequents.
Amaka is the only person standing between Chief Ojo and election victory, and he sends hired guns Malik and Shehu after her. Caught in a game of survival, against a backdrop of corruption, violence, sex and sleaze, Amaka must find a way to outwit her bloodthirsty adversaries.
Leye Adenle pulls back the curtain on the seedy underbelly of Lagos once again in this gritty and compelling thriller.
Source : Cassava Republic
ROSEWATER BY TADE THOMPSON
Rosewater is a town on the edge. A community formed around the edges of a mysterious alien biodome, its residents comprise the hopeful, the hungry and the helpless – people eager for a glimpse inside the dome or a taste of its rumored healing powers.
Kaaro is a government agent with a criminal past. He has seen inside the biodome, and doesn’t care to again — but when something begins killing off others like himself, Kaaro must defy his masters to search for an answer, facing his dark history and coming to a realization about a horrifying future.
Source : Goodreads
Aliens in Nigeria, telepaths with enough mystery and crime drama , count me in. I don’t know about you but im tired of reading books and watching movies where the aliens and supernatural powers only show up in US or the UK . So this is like a breath of fresh air to me. Rosewater will be published on 18th Sept by Orbit books and can be pre-ordered on Amazon and Book Depository.
A STRANGER’S POSE BY EMMANUEL IDUMA
Through stories remembered and imagined, and images by acclaimed photographers, A Stranger’s Pose draws the reader into a world of encounters in more than a dozen African towns. Iduma blends memoir, travelogue and storytelling in these fragments of a traveller’s journey across several African cities. Inspired by the author’s travels with photographers between 2011 and 2015, the author’s own accounts are expanded to include other narratives about movement, estrangement, and intimacy. These include: an arrest in a market in N’djamena, being punished by a Gendarmes officer on a Cameroonian highway and meeting the famed photographer Malick Sidibe in Bamako.
A Stranger’s Pose will be published by Cassava Republic Press on October 16 and is available for preorder on the publishers site, Amazon, Wordery and Waterstones. Im quite interested in this book after several bloggers raved about it and normally I dont really read non-fiction. It also has a foreward by Teju Cole, author of Every Day is for the Thief.
THERE IS AN ELEPHANT IN MY CUPBOARD BY YEJIDE KILANKO
You didn’t think I would leave out children’s literature did you? Yejide Kilanko, author of Daughters who walk this path, comes with a childrens book about a little girl called Adun who is bullied by an elephant who lives in her cupboard. The picture book is illustrated by Kayode Onimole.
There is an Elephant in my Wardrobe is a heartwarming tale of courage, true
friendship and self-worth. “I decided to write There is An Elephant In My Wardrobe,”
Kilanko stated, “because I think it’s crucial for us to talk to the children in our lives
about their mental health. We’re living in frightening times and children are not
exempt from the fear and anxiety many adults experience on a daily basis. I also
chose to write this story because I’ve struggled with anxiety for as long as I can
remember. As a child, it would have made a world of difference if I had read about a
little girl who was just like me.”
Source : Farafina Books
It’s great to know that a children’s book that tackles such issues like Anxiety will be out in Nigeria soon. Hopefully it will put a focus on mental health in kids and adults. This book will be published in November by Farafina books and will be available for preorder in October.
MY SISTER THE SERIAL KILLER
My sister the serial killer tells the story of two sisters, one a sociopath and the other who covers up for her sister and what happens when she sets her eyes on another prey. I’m really excited about this one because it has such an interesting plot. It will be published on 20th of November and is up for preorder on Amazon and Book Depository.
“Femi makes three, you know. Three and they label you a serial killer.”
Korede is bitter. How could she not be? Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola’s third boyfriend in a row is dead. Korede’s practicality is the sisters’ saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood, the trunk of her car is big enough for a body, and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures of her dinner to Instagram when she should be mourning her “missing” boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit.
A kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where Korede works, is the bright spot in her life. She dreams of the day when he will realize they’re perfect for each other. But one day Ayoola shows up to the hospital uninvited and he takes notice. When he asks Korede for Ayoola’s phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and what she will do about it.
Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, Oyinkan Braithwaite has written a deliciously deadly debut that’s as fun as it is frightening.
GERMAN CALENDAR NO DECEMBER BY SYLVIA OFILI
Olivia Evezi’s childhood is a happy one; her days spent listening to highlife records with her father and poring over the colourful postcards her mother receives from Germany. But Olivia is a dreamer and longs for more, leaving her hometown of Warri behind to live out her Enid Blyton fantasies in boarding school in Lagos. Instead of adventure and lacrosse, however, she is met with punishments, endless chores and hazing rituals, as she struggles to overcome the terror and disdain of the seniors. Olivia’s restlessness takes her to Germany, her mother’s homeland, where she is thrown into a hidden world of workers and migrants; a world of constant vigilance, where a piece of paper can hold the key to survival. Olivia finds that she is destined to always be an outsider – too white for Nigeria and too black for Germany – and so must learn to define herself and her place in the world beyond the labels that have been given to her: exotic, foreign, oyinbo .
Source: Cassava Republic
So this is a graphic novel written by Sylvia Ofili and illustrated bywhich will be published by Cassava Republic on the 13th of November. I’m definitely going to keep my eyes out for this because I love reading graphic novels and I went to a boarding school in Nigeria so I can relate with some of the struggles that go on there. Did any of you go to boarding school? How was the experience? It has such an interesting synopsis and I want to see how Olivia deals with being treated as an outsider and never really fitting in.
AFONJA – THE RISE BY TUNDE LEYE
Another book from the author of Guardians of the seal . Set in the great Oyo empire, tells the tale of the power struggles that take place after the death of Alaafin Abiodun Adegolu between the man chosen to ascend the throne and Afonja, a powerful chief of a war camp.
Afonja – The Rise is the story of how the clashes of these two men and the intrigue of the others around them transformed what was a slow decline into a race of the empire towards its collapse. In Afonja – The Rise, we tell their stories first as what they were – men and women living their lives, warring, scheming and loving in ways that will be familiar to the reader – beyond their roles as actors in the epic history of the great Oyo Empire.
Not much about the book has been revealed yet but a cover reveal and pre release review is happening on Literary Everything blog on 13th of August so definitely check that out. I’m excited about this book because hello! historical fiction .You can also follow the author on twitter to learn more about the history that inspired this book.
CROWN OF THUNDER BY TOCHI ONYEBUCHI
Sequel to Beasts made of Night , a fantasy inspired by Nigerian folklore. Set in a world where sin can be called forth from a sinner by mages and slayed by young sin eaters called Aki. Taj is a sin eater who is currently on the run after the events of book one with Queen Karima on his heels willing to use any means to hunt him down.
If you havent read the first book, you might not want to read the synopsis because it might contain spoilers. Comes out October 16th which is actually my birthday, so in case you want to gift me anything just dropping this hint here. wink wink . Its available for pre-order on Amazon and Book Depository.
Taj is headed west, but the consequences of leaving Kos behind confront him at every turn. Innocent civilians flee to refugee camps as Karima’s dark magic continues to descend on the city. Taj must return, but first he needs a plan.
With Arzu’s help, Taj and Aliya make it to the village of her ancestors, home of the tastahlik—sin-eaters with Taj’s same ability to both battle and call forth sins. As Taj comes to terms with his new magic, he realizes there are two very different groups of tastahlik—one using their powers for good, the other for more selfish ends.
Aliya is struggling with her own unique capabilities. She’s immersed in her work to uncover the secret to Karima’s magic, but her health begins to mysteriously deteriorate. With the help of a local western mage, Aliya uncovers her true destiny—a future she’s not sure she wants.
As Taj and Aliya explore their feelings for each other and Arzu connects with her homeland, the local westerners begin to question Taj’s true identity. Karima is on his heels, sending dark warnings to the little village where he’s hiding. Taj will have to go back and face her before she sends her mostly deadly weapon—Taj’s former best friend, Bo.
Source : Goodreads
MY MIND IS NO LONGER HERE BY IFEDIGBO NZE SYLVA
“…let me tell you something nobody else will tell you, hunger is a very good thing. Our people do not know this that is why they remain poor…the thing pushes you to do something that you did not imagine you could do before… You are very lucky to be chosen…this thing that Yinka has brought you people for is not for the people”
The story unravels from the different points of view of four men—Donatus, Chidi, Osahon and Haruna—who suddenly find their fates tied to a certain consultant named Yinka. Theirs are stories of greed, love, ambition, unfulfilled dreams and the fear of failure.
This debut novel by Ifedigbo Nze Slyva comes out Sept 7 from Parresia Publishers and you can preorder it HERE.
WE WONT FADE INTO DARKNESS BY T. J BENSON
An abusive father is forced out of safety to find his runaway son in a world where males are going extinct and female monarchs have resorted to drastic methods to ensure continuity of the Nigerian race.
An Ogbanje travels to a near post-apocalyptic Nigeria from the past with a solution even she is not aware of.
In a Nigeria where the British never left, a white boy who lives in Lagos seizes a banned book from one of his father’s Nigerian household serfs and their friendship yields a disastrous consequences in Passion Fruit.
In We Won’t Fade into Darkness the past and future comes to a head, indiscriminate exploitation of oil eventually yields Nigerium, a gaseous element that poisons air, destroys reproductive organs and drives people insane.
The common thread in these stories, apart from the country of its setting is the lifeblood of every indigene, hope.
So are you excited about this new releases? I definitely am. Do you know any other book by Nigerian authors coming out soon that isn’t on the list? Tell me about it. This is just a list of some of them that I could find and I’m sure there are a lot more out there. Have a great week.