‘‘You see, back there in my room, I was doing some deep thinking. I asked myself ‘Makoji, how best can you serve your people without destroying all you stand for?’ I thought and thought and then the answer came, in a flash, and that is what I am about to share with you, I have decided to turn down the ministerial appointment.’’
It is a few hours to the swearing in of ministerial nominees and everyone thinks Dr. Makoji Ejembi has lost his mind, as they search for an urgent cure for him – Our Son the Minister.
This is the winning play from the maiden edition of Beeta Playwright Competition organised by Beeta Universal Arts Foundation. It is a satire of the Nigerian situation and highlights societal culpability in making bad leaders.
Now available on Okadabooks
Authentic Mama by Olunosen Louisa Ibhaze
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. Available on Roving Heights, Okadabooks, Amazon
Tomorrow Died Yesterday by Chimeka Garricks
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. Available on Todara.ng Amazon
Twenty Five at Fifty: Celebrating the Faithfulness of God by Ven. Omotayo Aduloju
Ven. Omotayo Aduloju received his call to ordained ministry at quite an early age through situations and circumstances that can only be described as providential. In his fiftieth year on earth, at a time when he is also marking his twenty fifth anniversary in the Holy Orders and the tenth anniversary of his being made an Archdeacon, he has in this memoir recounted his miraculous journey, pondering on God’s faithfulness to Him as expressed through divine helpers. As one of the most senior clergymen in the Diocese of Lagos, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, he discusses his experiences in some of the choicest parishes – Our Saviour’s Church TBS, The Cathedral Church Marina, St Peter’s Church Faji and the Church of the Nativity Parkview and reveals how staying true to the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is paramount to succeeding in ministry and making a difference. He also frankly discusses some challenges ordained ministers encounter, and how through adhering to certain guiding principles and the grace of God, one is able to succeed. Available on Okadabooks
Dynamics of Parenting Styles by Cynthia Amaka Obiorah
Parenting is a huge responsibility that involves the nurturing, caring, instructing, educating, supporting and rearing of the total well-being of the child. This book explores the subject by examining the different styles of parenting and how it affects children behaviour. It has been written in a way that readers would be able to understand and identify with, buttressing the impact of each parenting style on child development with fables in the Nigerian context that illustrate their principles. The parenting styles examined in the book are the Authoritarian Parenting Style, the Permissive Parenting Style, the Authoritative Parenting Style and the Neglectful Parenting Style. Available on Okada Books
Port Harcourt at 100 edited by Prof E.J. Alogoa and Judy Nwanodi
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.