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    The Fishermen

    by Chigozie Obioma

     

    In a Nigerian town in the mid 1990’s, four brothers encounter a madman whose mystic prophecy of violence threatens the core of their close-knit family.

    Told from the point of view of nine year old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, The Fishermen is the story of an unforgettable childhood in 1990s Nigeria, in the small town of Akure. When their strict father has to travel to a distant city for work, the brothers take advantage of his extended absence to skip school and go fishing. At the ominous, forbidden nearby river, they meet a dangerous local madman who persuades the oldest of the boys that he is destined to be killed by one of his siblings. What happens next is an almost mythic event whose impact-both tragic and redemptive-will transcend the lives and imaginations of its characters and its readers.

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SYNOPSIS

In the 1990s Nigeria, four brothers from a quiet middle-class family–the oldest 15, and the youngest nine–take advantage of their father’s extended absence to skip school and go fishing at a forbidden river. There they encounter Abulu, a vision-seeing madman whose prophecy of violence will follow the boys through their lives, and shake up their family in both devastatingly tragic and yet redemptive ways. Already deemed a “classic tale of boyhood,” The Fishermen is both a coming-of-age novel, and a powerful portrait of familial and brotherly bonds, and what happens when trust, the main chord that binds a family is broken. ​

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Event: I Learned To Walk Twice; A one-man play about self, family and coming of age by Chika Jones

Venue: Esther’s Revenge, Freedom Park, Lagos Island (tickets available – chikajones.com/product/play/)

Date: March 3rd & 4th, 2018

Time: 5-6pm

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#MCM: BAYO OLUPOHUNDA

TheBookDealerNG’s MCM is Bayo Olupohunda.

Bayo was born  5th February 1979 in Okitipupa Ondo  state.

He got his BA (Hons) degree in English from Lagos University and currently studying Media and Communication at Pan-Atlantic University.

Báyọ̀ has worked as a teacher, freelance journalist and columnist for frontline Nigerian newspapers. He began his writing career at The Guardian ON Sunday, and later moved on to contribute to 234NEXT and Punch newspapers.

In 2014, he emerged a finalist in the CNN African Journalist award. He was also nominated for a Diamond Awards for Media Excellence for his work in 2015. He currently works as the editor-in-chief of NAIJ.com

You can find out more about him on our interview here.

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“DEAR SOMIYO” – Mariam Sule

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See more of the preview HERE.
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The forthcoming Black Panther movie, starring Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan, has generated a world of hype. Everyday, with each news, we melt in anticipation.

To sustain the hype ahead of the film’s February 2018 release, Marvel announced two new comic-book miniseries: the first, written by Nnedi Okorafor, is Black Panther: Long Live The King. And its first issue just dropped.

See more of the preview HERE.
Buy Black Panther: Long Live the King HERE.

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Uzodinma Iweala unveiled official author photographs ahead of the March 2018 release of his highly-anticipated novel, Speak No Evil.

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The unveiling of these photographs tells us that publicity for the new book is underway and that the first set of reviews should be coming pretty soon. You should also expect to begin seeing announcements of book signing events.

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Ikeogu Oke has won the 2017 NLNG prize for literature. He is 100,000 dollars richer! Congrats!!!

Olumide Popoola shortlisted for Diva literature award

Olumide Popoola has been shortlisted for the inaugural #DLA17 @YlvaPublishing Fiction award.

Vote here.