Book Review

Stranger In Lagos Lived Up To Expectations: Book Review By Derrick Chidumebi

Alone in my bedroom which I have converted to an art studio of some sort, I have Falana’s Angelitos Negros playing on repeat as I prepare to be transported into the threesome world of the Diobis, the Adeoyes, the Nosakhares. This takes me from sitting to standing to lying on my bed to turning to sitting up to smiling and laughing and I just want to consume every letter of this book. Stranger in Lagos is stuffed with the unique Sally signature suspense. Any attempt to explain the entire book in one sentence will leave you enthralled.  Meet Eniola. Sweet is the last word I would use to describe her but I don’t know when I finally agree that it’s not a bad choice of word. She is responsible for the death of her twin sister, almost kills her mum, fakes her friend’s HIV report twice because she is obsessed…

Review of The Colourful Secrets of Abstract Things

The first time I read Abiodun’s work, I was left with a pleasant feeling that had me smiling for a while. You know that “who is this writer?” feeling. Along the years, I was blessed to read other short stories from him, which I really loved as well. Hence, when I found out that he had a book out, I was excited and looked forward to getting a copy. The Colourful Secrets of Abstract Things is a collection of poems that depicts the reality of what it means to be a Nigerian and a Lagosian. One of the things that strike you when you start reading is nostalgia. You don’t have to be in diaspora for you to feel wistful when reading Abiodun’s poems. They revoke memories and feelings from your past, and it’s a weird thing, because he is not particularly trying to do so with his work.…

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