A few of my favorite poems from Upile Chisala’s book “Soft Magic.”
Title: Things Fall ApartAuthor: Chinua AchebePublished: 1958Genre: Historical Fiction Synopsis: Things Fall Apart tells two intertwining stories, both centering on Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first, a powerful fable of the immemorial conflict between the individual and society, traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace with the tribal world. The second,Continue reading “‘Things Fall Apart’ by Chinua Achebe”
Title: AmericanahAuthor: Chimamanda Ngozi AdichiePublished: 2013Genre: Fiction Synopsis: Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze hadContinue reading “‘Americanah’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie”
Title: BintiAuthor: Nnedi OkoraforPublished: 2015Genre: Science Fiction Synopsis: Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travelContinue reading “‘Binti’ by Nnedi Okorafor”
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