Essential Reads For The Soul: Wole Soyinka, Bobo Omotayo And Ifeoma Onyefulu

Hey, did you know that Wole Soyinka has launched a new book? Yes, it was launched on the 18th of December 2012 at Terra Kulture, Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island Lagos. Learn about this book on Today’s Essential Reads for the Soul.

Moreover, Bobo Omotayo, author of “London Life, Lagos Living” is back with a new book which he describes as a “mockumentary” of a real-life political 2011 campaign.

Also we have included a Christmas story for you and your family just to help spice up the Christmas. The book An African Christmas by Ifeoma Onyefulu is fun to read not only for kids but for adults too as it deals with things that can hinder a memorable Christmas.

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Wole Soyinka – Harmattan Haze On African Spring

Author: Wole Soyinka
Genre: Essay
Format: Paperback/Hardback
Book Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 2.8 cm
Number of Pages: 216 pages
Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: BookCraft
ISBN: 978-9788135944

“In this magnificent new work, Soyinka seeks to understand how the continent’s history is entwined with that of others, while exploring Africa’s truest assets,” says “Harmattan Haze on African Spring” publisher Bookcraft.
A truly illuminating exploration of Africa has yet to take place. It does not pretend to take place even on the pages of this book, being content with retrieving a few grains for germination from the wasteful threshing floor of Africa&#39s existential totality.

Essentially, the book offers a new reading and rendering of the continent, the choices made or not made, the road taken or not taken and new visions for the future. The book also speaks to the outsider looking at Africa from certain jaundiced, racist views; questioning why such perception still persists after many years of independence from colonial rule.

Ifeoma Onyefulu – An African Christmas

Author: Ifeoma Onyefulu
Genre: Photo Essay
Format: Hardcover
Book Dimensions: 10.9 x 0.4 x 8.7 inches
Number of Pages: 32 pages
Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children&#39s Books
ISBN: 978-1845073879

It&#39s Christmastime, and Afam has decided to create and dance his own Mmo, or masquerade, just like the big celebratory Mmos he sees performed at festivals. But each time he starts collecting things to make his costume, family preparations for Christmas — haircuts, visiting the tailor, a church service, a trip to their village — get in the way. Will Afam ever get to perform his Mmo? This brilliant work vividly depicts African village life, while the simple, endearing story uses a favorite holiday to gently point out the differences — and similarities — between cultures.

It celebrates the vibrant joy of African culture using stunning photographs to attract young readers and lead the story along. Ifeoma Onyefulu writes a wonderful firsthand account of how she celebrates Christmas in her home land of Nigeria.

Bobo Omotayo – H.O.N.O.U.R.A.B.L.E

A year ago, Bobo Omotayo introduced the world to the high energy peopleof Lagos through his collection of short observations of everyday Lagos life.

Bobo is back with a “mockumentary” following the organization of a real-life 2011 political campaign. The story follows the trials of the campaign management team behind the slogan ‘Oke Mosan Straight’, the machinery tasked to organize the lead character’s election into the Ogun State House of Assembly. The team has to overcome the challenge of having an inexperienced candidate, as well as inevitable logistical difficulties, smear campaigns and troublesome financiers. The main character is Segun Olatunji, a first-time aspirant, generally efficient but often succumbing to the need to win over his electorate by padding pockets and doing the bidding of the vicious executive committee members of his party, The Alliance Longevity Democratic Party (ALDP). A running thread in this story is the hint that his membership to ALDP is not as authentic as it seems. It is also clear that the candidate is heavily inspired by the Obama ’08 campaign, although this remains unspoken.

Meanwhile, Action Mommy is the character’s excitable but ultimately calculating mother – not your average pushy mother but pushy nevertheless. The entire strength of the campaign rests on her past political career. She imagines her son’s success as her ‘compensation’ for several failed attempts to win elections on her own steam.

Then there is the campaign team: a ragtag bunch who gives the impression that they know all about Ijebu Ode politics and its complex power hierarchies but evidently do not.

Bobo Omotayo’s H.O.N.O.U.R.A.B.L.E is due for release in February 2013.

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