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Authentic Mama by Olunosen Louisa Ibhaze

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Paulina Omoregbe aka Iye Baby rules the night life of Nimbe town from her beer parlour with her magic touch and society connections. In spite of the constant dramas from fighting wives and jealous friends, she has succeeded in creating a good life for herself as a socialite and the President of the Imose Sisters Association of Accomplished and Distinguished Ladies. Her life is however thrown into commotion when a business deal goes bad, ushering her on to a downward spiral of confusion, disappointment and disaster. Can she overcome these challenges as she once did and create a new and better life for herself? This is a hilarious satire chronicling the lives of local mistresses and their hustle. This book will make you laugh and shake your head at the ridiculous reality of some people.

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Tomorrow Died Yesterday by Chimeka Garricks 

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Its 2004 Port Harcourt at the height of the kidnap of oil workers in the Niger Delta, a kidnapping goes awry and four lives are reconnected.  Douye aka Doughboy the career militant responsible for the crime. Amaibi the gentle university professor / eco-warrior accused. Kaniye the lawyer turned restaurateur who tries to get him off and Tubo an amoral oil company executive. Against a backdrop of corrupt practises, failed systems and injustice, these four friends tell the story of oil in a region and its effects on local communities and the Nigerian larger society.

Chimeka Garricks in his extraordinary debut novel has written a frank and moving story about the realities of contemporary Nigeria. The evil long term effects of military rule resulting in the fragmentation and break down of moral values. His story paints a realistic picture of the very high price corruption exacts on a society and how no one is immune from its consequences.

Chimeka has written a remarkable book; honest, insightful and tragic – Jude Dibia author of Blackbird.

Tomorrow Died Yesterday is a chronicle of a region in turmoil, of a generation caught between the expectations of their parents and the depreciations of the Nigerian situation, each of these four men navigate their issues in different ways, and in their own voices. Mr Garricks is a new literary voice; unheralded, fresh, honest, unshorn of superficial flourish. Well worth the read. – Eghosa Imasuen, author of Fine Boys.

I was struck by the force of the narrative – Prof. E. J. Alagoa.

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Port Harcourt at 100 edited by Prof E.J. Alogoa and Judy Nwanodi

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This book contains a collection of essays written to mark the centenary celebrations of Port Harcourt City. It is intended to introduce the city to visitors as well as all participants of the celebrations, chronicling its growth and development over the past one hundred years. The book contains information on its history, politics, economics, geography, and culture with a glimpse into the plans for the future of the city with the Greater Port Harcourt project.

Port Harcourt at 100: Past, Present &Future is a compilation meant to excite public and academic interest in the story of this dynamic city, up to and beyond its century of growth within the Nigerian nation, whose birth it foreshadowed, and whose development it has richly sustained.

 

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