Welcome to Lagos

Welcome to Lagos

eBook - 2018
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A provocative portrait of a rapidly-changing Nigeria by a "tremendous" young novelist who is "energizing the form." (William Boyd, The Guardian) When army officer Chike Ameobi is ordered to kill innocent civilians, he knows it is time to desert his post. As he travels toward Lagos with Yemi, his junior officer, and into the heart of a political scandal involving Nigeria's education minister, Chike becomes the leader of a new platoon, a band of runaways who share his desire for a different kind of life. Among them is Fineboy, a fighter with a rebel group, desperate to pursue his dream of becoming a radio DJ; Isoken, a 16-year-old girl whose father is thought to have been killed by rebels; and the beautiful Oma, escaping a wealthy, abusive husband. Full of humor and heart, Welcome to Lagos is a high-spirited novel about aspirations and escape, innocence and corruption. It offers a provocative portrait of contemporary Nigeria that marks the arrival in the United States of an extraordinary young writer.
Publisher: [United States] : Catapult, 2018
ISBN: 9781936787814
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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Jan 25, 2019

I loved this book. It is reminiscent of Adichie's Americanah but much more gritty and warm-hearted. The book creates a vibrant picture of Lagos and Nigeria. The characters are ordinary people with morals, hopes and dreams whose lives are stunted by economic circumstances. The characters somehow manage to live and care for those around them and hold onto their sense of self. There is a definite plot, but to describe it may spoil the pleasure of reading this book.


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