Kachifo Limited, publisher of Farafina Books, is proud to announce the release of Voice of America, a collection of short stories by 2009 Caine Prize winner, E.C. Osondu.
Voice of America, shortlisted for the 2011 Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book (Africa region), is set in Nigeria and America and 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.
One theme resonates through all the stories: the struggle for survival. In “Waiting”, Osondu depicts the extreme poverty in refugee camps; the fight for food, water and other basic necessities. In “Jimmy Carter’s Eyes”, we see a society crippled by ignorance. “The Men They Married” narrates the determination of Nigerians to survive in an alien land.
Voice of America is a collection full of humour, pathos and wisdom, written in an authentic Nigerian style. It is Osondu’s first book and marks the debut of an immense new talent. Osondu joins the ranks of leading African authors, such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ben Okri and Ngugi wa Thiong’o, published by Farafina Books.
Voice of America is available at N1500 from Kachifo Limited and leading Nigerian bookstores. Please visit our website at www.kachifo.com or call 0807 736 4217 for more information on ordering Voice of America and our other titles.