Set in Sierra Leone, West Africa, A Tale of Three Women is epic in scope, covering a span of about sixty years and touching upon the most important developments in that country’s recent history from about 1918 to the 1970s. It encompasses events such as the worldwide influenza epidemic, the Second World War, the preparation for independence, the achievement of independence, and the post-independence malaise. But all these serve only as a background against which Eustace Palmer deftly weaves the experiences of three very different women...
Adjusted Lives is a completed short story cycle which is divided into three parts, each of which contains three stories. The nine stories altogether constituting the collection propose a unified thesis: the now infamous Structural Adjustment Program (SAP) is not really a contemporary manifestation of a four-century-old phenomenon. African lives, the stories depict, have systematically been adjusted in the interest of, and by the merchants, priests, politicians, soldiers, and economists of the Western World since the seventeenth century; the only changes observable being int he external forms of the packaging, and not in the inner essence of the adjustment.
Novels in English by northern Nigerian writers are few, so the arrival of a new one is an exciting literary event. This dramatic story of the efforts of the heroine and her friends to bring about change in the social conditions of women in Nigeria addresses pressing political issues which rarely appear in fiction--the legal status of Muslim women, the limitations imposed on them by traditional and religious conventions, the restrictions on their economic activities, the effects of a corrupt patriarchal system on the society at large and women in particular, the humiliations visited on women as a result of unquestioned male power in personal relationships--from a woman's point of view. Ingeniously conceived and deftly written, this is a story about the emancipation of women in Nigeria from within. Not simply a social document, it engages the reader's sympathy through its portrayal of the attractive and believable woman after whom it is titled--Amina.
A young African American (Otis Hampton) falls into periodic spasms and chants a text nobody understands. His troubled family seeks help. The text, recorded by a psychiatrist and deciphered by linguists, is found to be a corrupted family chant from the Yoruba of Nigeria. The doctor advises a trip to that ethnic region. The spiritual voices that have been summoning Otis finally bring him, after some alarming experiences in the journey from America through the Nigerian hinterland, to the very spot where his ancestor was enslaved over a century before...
Enter the exciting and futuristic world of Africa, technologically advanced and economically powerful, and meet her newest nemesis, the dark lord, Terror Supreme! For years he has been trying to rob the land of her immeasurable resources and the people of their minds, but there has always been a thorn in his side, constantly stopping him in his tracks... a thorn called Captain Africa!
Born in Ogidi, southeastern Nigeria, on November 16, 1940, Chinua Achebe has become one of the world’s leading fiction writers. He is a fascinating writer, whose life is of the stuff that makes fiction. Growing up in the cultural crossroads of colonial Nigeria, he lived and mediated in a world in which his people moved between allegiance to traditional Igbo beliefs and values and those introduced by the British colonialism, particularly Anglican Christianity under the Church Missionary Society.
Comes the Voyager At Last is a work of mythic and consciousness, and affirmation of the life forces of love and humanity in the face of the devastating forces of destruction characterized here in the historical racism that oppressed and continues to oppress black people both on the continent and in the diaspora. The mythic journey of the protagonist ends on the African soil, in the miracle of love, in the affirmation of the black man's ultimate and enduring humanity.
The stories of Teodros Kiros hover on the edge of personal and political agendas. His characters are bound by tradition that they do not accept, trapped between the desire to leave beautiful, parched Ethiopia for a cultivated life in Europe or the United States and the need to deliver their native country from its poverty and political stasis. Despite their love for their country and their people, their dilemma is not easily resolved, so they must live with contradiction, hoping for a solution.
—Douglas Kohn, Professor of English, Berklee College of Music