Character: Lamang Book Title: Measuring Time Author: Helon Habila Lamang is the subject of this first sentence: “They had decided long ago to make life difficult for their father.” Thus at first glance he seems to deserve antagonism; he is the kind of character that is not a favourite. Yet, an incisive peek at the … Continue reading Measuring Lamang
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Character: Okonkwo Book: Things fall Apart(1958) Author: Chinua Achebe To understand where we are, it is most important that we understand where we have been and in the character of Okonkwo, we see this relevance. Okonkwo is a Janus-faced character in the book. Why do I say Janus-faced? I mean a character who holds … Continue reading Okonkwo in Things Fall Apart
Character: Adisa Novel Violence Author: Festus Iyayi; This novel touches on poverty, how the rich continuously manipulate the poor and the indomitable strength of the human spirit. Adisa is Idemudia’s (the primary character) wife, and is quite beautiful. To quote the author – “‘Her long, jet black hair was now held in place with hairpins. Her lips … Continue reading Adisa: A Potrait Of Love
Favourite Character: Segi Book title: The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives Author: Lola Shoneyin There is no doubt; ‘the secret lives of Papa Segi’s wives’ is one of the most talked about novels in Nigeria now. Everybody I’ve met likes the book, except Adamu; a man I met in a taxi who thought the … Continue reading Segi
The character is Nnu Ego. Novel, Joys of Motherhood Author, Buchi Emecheta. Nnu Ego is an epitome of the African motherhood, as it was and as it is today. Buchi Emecheta, through her novel, highlights the difficulties that women go through in their longing for children, and how much of their lifetime is spent in … Continue reading Has African Motherhood Changed?
Character’s Name: Lola Ogunwole Book Title: Imagine This Author: Sade Adeniran At age nine, Lola Ogunwole’s life crashes with the mishap that will characterize her life in years to come as she is forced to live in Idogun. Idogun, a far contrasting picture with the world she is used to in Edgecombe House in London. … Continue reading Imagine Lola
Name of character: ADAH The Book Title: Second Class Citizen Author’s name: Buchi Emecheta Adah, the main character of the book grew up in an environment where women were not allowed to go to school, but she stubbornly maneuvered her way to school, knowing that being educated is one way she can achieve her dreams … Continue reading Strength Of A Woman
Character: Honorable Chief Doctor M. A. Nanga, M.P. L.L.D Author: Chinua Achebe’s Book: A man of the people Chief Nanga is an ex-teacher, turn politician: Minister of culture. Politics changed his moral stance on certain issues. Such personal change was necessary at the time to maintain his political influence and the accompanying lifestyle. The book … Continue reading Chief M. A. Nanga M.P.!!!
Character: ‘Say-Tokyo-Kid’ Book: ‘The Road’ Author: Wole Soyinka. ‘The Road’ is a complex drama. It could be said to be a series of interactions between various characters at a motor park/drivers’ community over the course of a single day. But it is also a discussion of Death. The road itself becomes a symbol of both … Continue reading Say Tokyo Kid.
Character: Eunice Onwubiko Book: The Abyssinian Boy Author: Onyeka Nwelue When books walk out of shelves, they usually depart with an intention of creating an impact in the life and imagery of the final consumer, the reader. When a book tunes the frequency of a reader’s mindset, we must applaud the characters embedded in that … Continue reading Beast Of Burden
Wole Soyinka You Must Set Forth At Dawn By Wole Soyinka Asking much questions in the long run makes one look stupid, either by the frequency of the questions, or by its very nature. I have questioned the status of Nigeria as the giants of Africa; I have asked why Golf is an entertainment, or … Continue reading You Must set Forth At Dawn By Wole Soyinka
Character: Kambili Book: Purple Hibiscus Author: Chimamanda Adichie As I walked past Fulton road, on my way to Odenigwe, for a friend’s party; I couldn’t help but agree with Adichie’s description of the University primary school standing at the left side of the road, in “The purple hibiscus”. As I stood for a second touring … Continue reading Change Of Heart