Author Archives: David Evans

Jowhor Ile (Nigeria) — And After Many Days

Countdown to the Etisalat Prize! Each year, the Etisalat Prize for Literature is awarded to a first-time African novelist. The 2017 prize will be awarded next month. I’m working my way through the shortlist, which includes And After Many Days, … Continue reading

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Yaa Gyasi (Ghana) – Homegoing

Trace the impact of slavery through two families over seven generations a review of Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi How different would your life be if you some major event had gone down differently in the life of an ancestor? Yaa … Continue reading

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Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria) — The Fishermen

Things Fall Apart for Four Nigerian Fishermen a review of The Fishermen, by Chigozie Obioma Okay, so there are these four Nigerian brothers, ages 9 to 15, plus a couple of toddlers at home. Dad migrates to another part of … Continue reading

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H.J. Golakai (South Africa / Liberia) – The Lazarus Effect

Golakai’s feminist mystery turns the thriller genre on its head a review of The Lazarus Effect, by H.J. Golokai It is to the credit of H.J. Golokai’s engaging, rewarding, and fun thriller that I didn’t notice until I finished that … Continue reading

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Fiston Mwanza Mujila (DRC) – Tram 83

a frenetic, visceral ride through the chaos of a conflict-ridden, mineral-rich African city a review of Tram 83, by Fiston Mwanza Mujila (translated into English by Roland Glasser) What’s the plot of Tram 83? Irrelevant! Tram 83 transports you into an … Continue reading

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A. Igoni Barrett (Nigeria) – Blackass

fabulous first novel: Kafka goes to Nigeria with a heavy dose of farce As I post this, I’m sitting in the Piano Lounge of the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja, Nigeria. It also happens to be the setting of a climactic … Continue reading

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Mia Couto (Mozambique) – Confession of the Lioness

the lions are among us   A remote village in Mozambique has been prey to a series of lion attacks. Mia Couto’s novel tells the story through two narrators — Mariamar, a young woman whose sister was recently killed by … Continue reading

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