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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.…

My Thoughts on A Broken People’s Playlist

I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up A Broken People’s Playlist. I mean, I’ve read a couple of Chimeka’s stories before, but as a rule of thumb, I emptied all expectations and went into it with a fresh mind. So, how did it go? I’d like to let you know that I had an interesting journey with it. Chimeka’s writing is special, and this is because I don’t have adequate words to describe it. His art reminds me of a ballerina who dances like a butterfly, light and sprightly, floating over the surface like she couldn’t hurt a fly. But when you look closer at her legs and thighs and see the power of her muscles, strength and skill it takes to make one fluid movement, you begin to appreciate the work it took to get there. That was how my experience with the book went. A…

THOUGHTS ON “FOR DAYS AND A NIGHT”

My initial thought when I saw the title For Days and a Night was that it was going to have a theme of horror but there I was judging a book by its cover. Someone remind me to never do it again. Nonetheless, that is what Seun does to you when you begin to read this beautiful fifty-four paged work of his artistic brilliance. You start the book thinking you know what to expect and where it is leading but somewhere (not far into the pages) you stop and realize that it takes a different type of concentration to understand where he’s coming from. Now this is not to say the work is vague in any way. No, it’s just poles apart from the normal thing you have probably read. What he does is that he makes thoughts come alive and aloud as you read, that you begin to feel…

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