Chibundu Onuzo (Author) Winner of a Betty Trask Award
Shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Commonwealth Book Prize
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize
The Spider King's Daughter is a modern-day Romeo and Juliet set against the backdrop of a changing Lagos, a city torn between tradition and modernity, corruption and truth, love and family loyalty. Seventeen-year-old Abike Johnson is the favourite child of her wealthy father. She lives in a She lives in a sprawling mansion in Lagos, protected by armed guards and ferried everywhere in a huge black jeep. But being her father's favourite comes with uncomfortable duties, and she is often lonely behind the high walls of her house.
A world away from Abike's mansion, in the city's slums, lives a seventeen-year-old hawker struggling to make sense of the world. His family lost everything after his father's death and now he runs after cars on the roadside selling ice cream to support his mother and sister.
When Abike buys ice cream from the hawker one day, they strike up an unlikely and tentative romance, defying the prejudices of Nigerian society. But as they grow closer, revelations from the past threaten their relationship and both Abike and the hawker must decide where their loyalties lie.
Joseph Njoh (Author) Liberia: The Path to War is a complete graphic account of the history, politics, economic, and social life of the amiable people of Liberia ? a once beautiful ?glorious land of liberty.? The book traces how Liberia modelled its politics upon the American presidential system after its independence in July 1847. It relates how the ideal dividends of independence were distorted by the conflicting forces of the indigenous-Liberians and the Americo-Liberians (the minority group of descendants of former American slaves who held power tenaciously for 133 post-independence years). The book narrates how the brutal suppression of agitation for reforms culminated in a military coup in April 1980 by low-ranking officers of indigenous origin. The coup succeeded in ending the Americo-Liberian oligarchy and the First Republic, but it also succeeded in sweeping Liberia into grave political chaos. President Doe?s ethnic patronage exacerbated inter-tribal tension, leading to ethnically-motivated, inter-communal violence and the persistent fears of revenge. Moments of heart-rending tragedy are described herein. Also described in detail is the complex web of conspiracies woven around the President, which ultimately led to the beginning of the civil war and the collapse of the Second Republic. This intellectual work deserves to be read by those who seek to understand Liberian polity, politics and history