Book Set For Dads

Synopsis

This Bundle Contains:

From Storeroom To Boardroom

In 1992, the young Babs Omotowa accepted an offer to work in the materials department of a multinational oil company. And this was the start of an exciting journey up the corporate ladder – one that would see him go on to head corporations and global functions in Nigeria, the UK and the Netherlands and become a leader of note in global oil and gas.

Driven by the important values – hard work, honesty and integrity – inculcated in him by his teacher-farmer parents, Omotowa, in From Storeroom to Boardroom, chronicles his struggles and successes as a corporate guru tackling the challenges big businesses face in the developing world; ethical dilemmas in leadership; corruption in governance; and the future of climate change discourse.

Voice Of America

Set in Nigeria and America, Voice of America moves from boys and girls in villages and refugee camps to the disillusionment and confusion of young married couples living in America, and back to bustling Lagos. It is the story of two countries and the frayed bonds between them.

In ‘Waiting’, two young refugees make their way through another day, fighting for meals and hoping for a miracle that will carry them out of the camp; in ‘A Simple Case’, the boyfriend of a prostitute gets rounded up by the local police and must charm his fellow prisoners for protection and survival; and in ‘Miracle Baby’, the trials of pregnancy and mothers-in-law are laid bare in a woman’s return to her homeland.

Written with exhilarating energy and warmth, the stories in Voice of America are full of humour, pathos and wisdom, marking the debut of an immensely talented new voice.

A Handful Of Dust

In this collection, 19 stories speak of the myriad struggles faced by contemporary Africans. ‘Aderoye’ tells the tragic story of a life lost to tradition. A cult collects its due in ‘Pink Soap’. ‘The Little Things’ captures life in a typical Nigerian general hospital. A budding paedophile struggles with his basic urges in ‘Fighting Temptations’. In ‘A Handful of Dust’ a gay teenager struggles to find acceptance from his family.

From the participants of the 2013 Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop, A Handful of Dust aptly portrays the internal conflicts we suffer when the lines dividing opposing sides blur.

The House My Father Built

Having inherited a house in Surelere from his father, and having waited ten years for the terms of the inheritance to be fulfilled, Adewale Maja-Pearce is eager to take possession of his house. He offers the tenants a one-year rent-free break to allow them search for other accommodation, after which they are to move out. They accept this, and it looks like smooth sailing. Little does Maja-Pearce know that, when the time comes to leave, his tenants will put him through one of the fiercest struggles of his life in their attempts to stay put. Psychological warfare, endless court cases, intimidation by the police and a possible attempt on his life make up Maja-Pearce’s experience in trying to claim the house his father left him.

Simple yet profound, The House My Father Built will delight you with its earnest, humorous delivery and keen insights into the psyche of a nation and its people.

Such A Beautiful Thing To Behold

A mysterious plague known as the Grey grips the small village of Pilam, which the world has quarantined without pity. Laying waste to Pilam’s residents, the sickness saps its victims of strength, drains the color from their eyes, and kills all promise. Only the young are immune. But beyond the barricades and walls of soldiers―the manifestation of a nation’s terror―there are rumors of a cure. Dunka, the eldest son of a family reeling from the Grey, takes on the daunting task of leaving Pilam to find that cure for his siblings and save them before it’s too late.

His brother and sisters, however, have plans of their own. Navigating the chaos of violence, hunger, and death, each of them tries to make sense of the bleak circumstances, forging new bonds with other juvenile survivors left to their own devices. Now an unlikely family of six, they choose their own perilous paths, at first separately and then together, coming to terms with the decisions they make and the ghosts they cannot leave behind.

Umar Turaki’s gripping novel is a story of survival, love, and the human spirit’s tenacious capacity for wonder.

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter

Price: 

19000

About the author(s)

Adewale Maja-Pearce

Adewale Maja-Pearce is an author and editor with several published books. Popular among his works are In My Father’s Country and Who’s Afraid of Wole Soyinka?: Essays on Censorship. Maja-Pearce was editor of the Heinemann African Writers’ Series and Africa editor of Index on Censorship. His writing has appeared in Granta, The London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement and other publications. He currently lives and works in Lagos.

You may also like...