Welcome to Lagos
A powerful and provocative portrait of contemporary Nigeria from a celebrated young novelist.
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Shortlisted for the RSL Encore Award 2018
Five runaways ride the bus from Bayelsa to a better life in a megacity.
They are unlikely allies — a private, a housewife, an officer, a militant and a young girl. They share a need for escape and a dream for the future.
Soon, they will also share a burden none of them expected, but for now, the five sit quietly with their hopes, as the billboards fly past and shout: Welcome to Lagos.
An entertaining and funny picture of Lagos life.
A fine novel . . . worlds – rich and poor, urban and rural, privileged and powerless, Muslim and Christian, Igbo and Yoruba – collide to spectacular effect as their paths cross and power shifts hands in surprising and unexpected ways, and then does so again, and again.
In the 1960s and 70s my parental home was Ibadan, western Nigeria. From there I used to visit Lagos regularly -- even then an unruly, exciting place. The unruly factor and the excitement factor are now off the dial -- not to mention the stress factor, the population factor and the danger factor. This heady ambience is perfectly caught in Chibundu Onuzo's tremendous second novel Welcome to Lagos.
Hugely accomplished . . . Nothing evades Onuzo’s biting prose and whipsmart humour.
I loved the bittersweet tone of this novel, so wise and beautiful.
A portrait of contemporary Nigeria that I found difficult to put down.
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