Essential Reads For The Soul: Checkout “The Diary Of A Desperate Naija Woman” And More

Do you know that Renowned Nigerian beauty brand, House of Tara International, launched its highly anticipated book House of Tara 100 Voices in an exclusive event on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at The Four Points Hotel by Sheraton? Present at the event were senior executives of Blue Chip companies, financial institutions, Lagos State government and members of the diplomatic corps.

Guests present also included Eku Edewor, Tosyn Bucknor, Bola Balogun Glam Networks, Ufuoma Ejenobor, Mrs Kemi Ogunleye of PANA Television among others.

Also Bola Essien Nelson, author of “Diary of a Desperate Nigerian Woman” series is having her book signing this weekend at Patabah Books Ltd, Shop B18, Adeniran Ogunsanya, Shopping Mall, Surulere, Lagos by 3pm. It’s going to be nice to hear from the horse’s mouth, the challenges she wrote about in her book.

There is also a new book club in Lagos. “The Lagos Book Club is a free club catering to young women living in Lagos and those who have moved back to Lagos after living outside the country. The main criteria: be open to discussions and like good books”.

This weekend, they will be reviewing the work of Chimamanda Adichie- Americanah, if you&#39re interested in joining do send an email to for more details and to also reserve a spot.

The Diary Of A Desperate Naija Woman – Bola Essien-Nelson

Genre: Essay
Format: Paperback
Book Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
Number of Pages: 396 pages
Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Xlibris, Corp.
ISBN-10: 1469197219
ISBN-13: 978-1469197210
It is part of the collection making up the 3rd in the series, the musing of a working woman, Bola who is also a wife and mom doing her best to keep all the balls of her life up in the air in the challenging yet vibrant city of Lagos, Nigeria, where she lives. Her love for writing and her passion for seeing people thrive in an oftentimes challenging world are the main drivers behind her &#39blog ministry&#39. The Diary of a Desperate Naija Woman in the Year 2011 is Bola&#39s fourth published book. In it, you are given a VIP seat at the theatre that is her life – the life of a simple woman doing her best, in this crazy and slippery slope of a world, to be an authentic Christian.

Short Stories By 16 Nigerian Women – Toyin Adewale-Gabriel

Genre: Fiction
Format: Hardcover
Book Dimensions: 5.8 x 8.7 inches
Number of Pages: 144 pages
Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Ishmael Reed Publishing Company
ISBN-10: 1413467962
ISBN-13: 978-1413467963
Description 16 Short Stories by Nigerian Women Writers is the third anthology of Nigerian writing to be edited by Toyin Adewale-Gabriel. The founder of the association of Women Writers of Nigeria, her anthologies have been almost unique in promoting the voices of Nigerian women writers in the literary marketplace. 16 Short Stories by Nigerian Women Writers includes new and established writers. They are: Akachi Adimore-Ezeigbo; Angela Amalonye Nwosu; Sefi Atta; Unoma Azuah; Lynn Chukura; Chinyere Eze-Mbulo; Fatima Usara Hassan-Tom; Biodun Idowu; Karen King-Aribisala; Lola Shoneyin; Chika Uniqwe; and Toyin Adewale-Gabriel.

Blue White Red – Alain Mabanckou

Genre: Fiction
Format: Paperback
Book Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
Number of Pages: 168 pages
Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN-10: 0253007917
ISBN-13: 978-0253007919
A new novel by Alain Mabanckou, Blue White Red is a novel of postcolonial Africa where young people born into poverty dream of making it big in the cities of their former colonial masters. Alain Mabanckou&#39s searing commentary on the lives of Africans in France is cut with the parody of African villagers who boast of a son in the country of Digol.

This tale of wild adventure reveals the dashed hopes of Africans living between worlds.

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