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Cyprian EKWENSI

Burning Grass

"A moving tale of family ties in a nomadic tribe of Northern Nigeria."

-- Books for Africa

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Jagua Nana

There can be few novels in Africa which are more popular than this story of a warm-hearted prostitute desperate to marry into the educated elite.

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Buchi EMECHETA

Kehinde

Kehinde is a Nigerian woman, unsure of herself, not quite certain she has the right to be happy. With her husband, Albert, she has made a home in London, and has a promising career when Albert decides they should return to Nigeria. Kehinde is loath to do so, and joins him later, reluctantly, only to discover that he has taken a second, younger wife. Her years in England have left Kehinde unwilling and unprepared to re-embrace Nigerian social mores; and unable to accept the situation, she returns to London.

"With her usual lucidity and in a lilting yet plain-spoken style, Emecheta tells of one woman's search for independence." --Publishers Weekly

"...Emecheta's feminist views on her culture have often engaged readers but brought consternation to her African male critics. Her most recent novel, Kehinde, will be no exception."
--Ms. Magazine

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In the Ditch coverIn the Ditch

A social documentary set in London in the late 1960s that tells of a young, lone Nigerian mother's determination to carve a place for herself against the odds. Adah struggles against the combined disapproval and intervention of council officials, the welfare system, neighbors, and poverty in her resolution to combine study, work, and motherhood. Her story is told with honesty, warmth, and humor. Emecheta has again produced a fast-moving and enthralling narrative.

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Head Above Water

"As for my survival for the past twenty years in England, from when I was a little over twenty, dragging four cold and dripping babies with me and pregnant with the fifth one - that is a miracle. And if for any reason you do not believe in miracles, please start believing, because keeping my head above water in this indifferent society...is a miracle." Buchi Emecheta's autobiography spans the transition from a tribal childhood in the African bush to life in North London as an internationally acclaimed writer.

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Destination Biafra  coverDestination Biafra

This hard-hitting, fast-moving novel charts the painful birth of the Biafran republic in the late 1960s, and centers around Debbie Ogedembge, the Oxford educated daughter of a corrupt Nigerian government minister. Her conflicting feelings about her role as a traditional Nigerian woman and her wish to take an active part in Biafra's struggles reflect the greater battle happening around her. This is a searing story of conflict between old and new, between different tribes, between male and female, between Nigeria and Biafra.

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The Joys of Motherhood

"...a graceful, touching, ironically titled tale."
-- John Updike

"Buchi Emecheta is a natural born writer."
-- Sunday Times

A new edition of her classic novel to coincide with the publication of her other works in the African Writers Series¨. Nnu Ego is a woman devoted to her children, giving them all her energy, all her worldly possessions, indeed, all her life to them -- with the result that she finds herself friendless.

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Olaudah EQUIANO

Equiano's Travels coverEquiano's Travels

Edited by Paul Edwards
With a new foreword by S.E. Ogude

Olaudah Equiano was born in 1745 in a village east of the Niger River in what is now Nigeria. At the age of ten, he was captured by slave traders and taken to the American south where he was sold to a planter in the West Indies where he worked aboard slave ships sailing between the Caribbean and England.

By the age of twenty-one, Equiano had saved enough money to buy his freedom. He visited the Mediterranian, took part in Phipp's expedition to the Arctic, and crossed the Atlantic several times. He became an ardent member of the anti-slavery movement and came to know several of its leaders.

Between1789 and 1827, Equiano's book, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa the African ran into seventeen editions in Britain and the U.S. This slightly abridged edition, now reissued from its first published edition in 1967, keeps in print a book of great literary and historical importance in the context of African writing.

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