Sunday 1 February 2015

Nigerian Writers Series

Below are Nigerian Writers Series novel you might be interested in and their brief synopsis.

 A roller coaster ride into the world of deceit, power, crime, politics and relationships. It is the story of two people from extreme worlds who decide to fight for their right to love each other against all odds. In the process, they find themselves on a quest for justice and become the hope of a nation that wishes to bring evil-doers to justice. While written with a political nuance and a plot that progresses fast, ‘Crimson clouds’ is ultimately a love story that explores love as it rises above difficult circumstances and triumphs in a world, turned upside down by greed and injustice.

In the heat of ethno-religious riot in Jos, Emeka and Hauwa are in love. Unknown to them, Hauwa is betrothed to Hassan, the head of the Shura of the Muslim Brotherhood sect. Meanwhile, Special Agent Sean Porter is on a mission to uncover a plot by the Muslim Brotherhood to deploy biological weapons. The weapons are traced to Jos. Things take an unexpected turn when Hassan stumbles upon Hauwa and Emeka in a compromising position.

Pededoo, a country boy, who struggles to maintain a civil relationship with his father who had just returned home after many years abroad with a family of Cat Eyes (a white family). But Pededoo is however hardly able to resist and truly dislike Melissa-Jane, that charming and dashing cat-eyed blond. Cat Eyes is a bildungsroman, a book of family, adventure, self-discovery and love that would take readers on a voyage they would hold dear.

A collection of twelve short stories set in Nigeria, depicting how love relationships often begin and blossom. From Lawrence who comes to Amina’srescue in Baggage to Love, until we meet Kate in Subtle Changes, who after the relief of her stepfather’s death, moves to her benefactor’s house and slowly loses her heart to Jude, Cupid keeps aiming and shooting, spinning this universal emotion as he pleases. The stories in this collection show us the many faces of love within life’s potpourri of laughter and pain. Above all, they urge us to keep believing in love despite all odds.

A collection of a dozen short stories that has just a bit of everything. From religious hypocrisy, marital infidelity and human deception and fraud, to spiritual mysteries, the limits of justice (in our land), the many and uncertain shades of love, and the redemptive value of suicide, Isaac Attah Ogezi skilfully and sensitively explores the human condition in its social, psychological and spiritual dimensions. The stories are both universal and uniquely individual as everyone can identify with one or another of the characters whose experiences are portrayed in The Threshing Floor. The author's mastery of language and power of narration will surely seduce any reader.

 A typical underdeveloped country bedevilled by corruption and sundry ills. Siella, the stubborn and self-willed daughter of the president is in the centre of the story. Siella refuses to school abroad, choosing instead to confront the rot in her home country. She becomes a victim of a high profile kidnap saga that brings her face to face with the rampaging evils that hold sway in the country she loves unflinchingly. When she meets the patriots, a group of deadly, dare-devil men, she is forced to see the other side of crime and to assess patriotism from a different angle. It is a story of love, crime, betrayal, corruption and above all, hope.

A moving account of a motherless Nigerian boy who is born in Cameroon and grows up with his father to become inextricably involved with the foreign surroundings in which he is birthed. But a sudden relocation into a supposed ‘Land of Promise’ soon casts a terrible cloud upon him and the bliss he once experienced abruptly turns into nightmares, a shocking experience from which he never recovers. The result is a gripping work of art – a work of art committed to its artistic values. The author, with remarkable deftness, takes his readers on a gripping voyage from Cameroon to the West African nation of Nigeria to produce a literary piece which is unputdownable.

 A young writer goes in search for his missing father who had been lost even before he was born. He will shuttle between the past and his present to answer some of the most disturbing questions: Where is my father and why don’t I know him? And why is society disrespecting my mother because she is a single mother? In his quest to answer these questions, the Ijaw and Niger-Delta social life is presented to the world in a lush narrative, and at the end of the writer’s quest he learns that some mysteries are better not unravelled. He is faced with love, migration, loss, history, and finally learns the art of forgiveness, the only password to shut out a haunting past.

Ojeiva Jumbo, a poor school teacher, who realises he needs to get involved in partisan politics and secure power to save his people from the onslaught of poverty, violence and illiteracy in the fictional state of Azayi State.  But this power does not come free as he requires assistance and connection of a powerful Godfather. Jumbo is made to take an oath to reward his Godfather financially when he becomes the governor but he will break this oath, drawing the ire of forces hell-bent on destroying him. Jumbo will, however, survive plots against him, and work hard to fulfil his mission in the government in this suspenseful political thriller.

 A group of young military officers, who under the leadership of Brigadier Saleem Sa’ada, strike and overthrow the regime of General Danjuma. The new military government designs a five year transition programme to shift power to a democratically elected government. As the elections approach, the UPP, a political party, lobbies Sameera, a radical writer and journalist, to accept its presidential ticket. After a heated race, Sameera emerges victorious. She will instantly become a world political figure and set about to actualise her vision of a united economically and politically vibrant African continent.

I have not read any of them yet. Have you read them? if so what is your opinion? If not, do you look forward to reading any? 
Thank you Hannah Onoguwe for drawing my attention to the Nigerian Writers Series of the Association of Nigerian Authors.


  1. It is evident that no matter where we live, our shared humanity provides ample fodder for our writings.

  2. I like the look of Cat Eyes and The Angel Who Was Always there

  3. We are very grateful for the opportunity to showcases the synopsis of the ten titles of the Nigerian Writers Series. It is indeed a welcome development in the history of the Nigerian literature and Africa at a large.

  4. I am simply fascinated by m 'discovery' of this very educative website. I never knew Nigeria has this many new generation writers and I became ashamed of myself. I have been a teacher of Literature in English for many years and it is a surprising that these authors do not even make the list of Nigerian novelists our examination boards and government educational agencies push to our schools. Mary, I feel we could establish a relationship of mutual benefit, I to enjoy your tremendous opportunity for opening a vista of readership for me in Nigerian fiction and faction and you to help me cross over to the wide world of literature out there.

    1. Hi Baba,
      I am glad that my blog is being of great help to you. I am really grateful.


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