Welcome to Lagos

Welcome to Lagos

eBook - 2018
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An Official Belletrist Book Pick An American Booksellers Association Indie Next Pick Elle.com, 1 of 32 Best Books to Read This Summer " Welcome to Lagos doesn't just give us a glimpse of Nigeria, it transports us there. Onuzo's storytelling is masterful, her characters are irresistible, and her voice is astounding in its subtle power. Onuzo stands on the shoulders of Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and from her perch offers her own fresh, but assured, view." —Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, author of A Kind of Freedom When the army officer Chike Ameobi is ordered to kill innocent civilians, he knows it is time to desert his post. As he travels toward Lagos with Yẹmi, his junior officer, and into the heart of a political scandal involving Nigeria's education minister, Chike becomes the leader of a new platoon, a band of runaways who share his desire for a different kind of life. Among them are Fineboy, a fighter with a rebel group, desperate to pursue his dream of becoming a radio DJ; Isoken, a sixteen-year-old girl whose father is thought to have been killed by rebels; and the beautiful Oma, escaping a wealthy, abusive husband. Welcome to Lagos is a high-spirited novel about aspirations and escape, innocence and corruption. Full of humor and heart, it offers a provocative portrait of contemporary Nigeria that marks the arrival in the United States of an extraordinary young writer.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Catapult, 2018.
ISBN: 9781936787814
Additional Contributors: Overdrive Inc
Summary: An Official Belletrist Book Pick An American Booksellers Association Indie Next Pick Elle.com, 1 of 32 Best Books to Read This Summer " Welcome to Lagos doesn't just give us a glimpse of Nigeria, it transports us there. Onuzo's storytelling is masterful, her characters are irresistible, and her voice is astounding in its subtle power. Onuzo stands on the shoulders of Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and from her perch offers her own fresh, but assured, view." —Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, author of A Kind of Freedom When the army officer Chike Ameobi is ordered to kill innocent civilians, he knows it is time to desert his post. As he travels toward Lagos with Yẹmi, his junior officer, and into the heart of a political scandal involving Nigeria's education minister, Chike becomes the leader of a new platoon, a band of runaways who share his desire for a different kind of life. Among them are Fineboy, a fighter with a rebel group, desperate to pursue his dream of becoming a radio DJ; Isoken, a sixteen-year-old girl whose father is thought to have been killed by rebels; and the beautiful Oma, escaping a wealthy, abusive husband. Welcome to Lagos is a high-spirited novel about aspirations and escape, innocence and corruption. Full of humor and heart, it offers a provocative portrait of contemporary Nigeria that marks the arrival in the United States of an extraordinary young writer.

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Mar 11, 2019

The novel’s movement from providing commentary about the five and their contexts move into more pointed incisions into the country’s government and Lagos—getting quite intimate and then telescoping outward to London and a more global stage, and back again.

Onuzo’s Lagos, both the domestic and political landscape, is colorful; both foreign and familiar. Onuzo provokes a lot of thought on a myriad of subjects. Her writing is engaging, compelling, seamless in her transitions.

Recommended for those who enjoy Adichie, and novels set in Nigeria, or Africa, or just not here; those seeking something educational and entertaining in a read; a good book club choice.

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Cheekym00
Jan 25, 2019

I loved this book. It is reminiscent of Adichie's Americanah but much more gritty and warm-hearted. The book creates a vibrant picture of Lagos and Nigeria. The characters are ordinary people with morals, hopes and dreams whose lives are stunted by economic circumstances. The characters somehow manage to live and care for those around them and hold onto their sense of self. There is a definite plot, but to describe it may spoil the pleasure of reading this book.

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