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Diaries of a Dead African
Chuma Nwokolo Jr.
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Diaries of a Dead African

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  30 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Diaries of a Dead African is a merciless comedy that explores the life-threatening situations of three protagonists, the farmer Meme Jumai and his two sons - Abel (failed writer) and Calamatus (aspiring conman).

Meme's wife has left him with the bulk of his barn. He has a few tubers to last until harvest. Can he stretch it? Will his friends and relatives help out? Calamatu
Paperback, 193 pages
Published April 2nd 2003 by Villagerhouse
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Mar 08, 2012 Wale rated it really liked it
Ever come across a book that you read and thoroughly enjoyed, and would recommend to anyone and everyone whether or not they were interested? Well, this is one of them. The best writing I've come across from a Nigerian/African author in a long time- no surprise there since I don't read much from the continent because of my own in-grained suspicions of an archaic writing style and thematic pre-occupations that have failed largely to evolve with changing times and keep pace with socio-cultural ...more
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Jun 24, 2016 Brenda Kodawa rated it really liked it
I laughed so hard while reading this. Couldn't read it while using public transport. A tale of a man and his 2 sons set out in a diary form. Showing us the tribulations of cultural practices through the father's story and thereafter the second generation life issues through his sons. I loved Meme Jumai and Calama's narration. It was simple, honest and a pleasure to read. Abel however fell flat for me. I was almost annoyed by his style of narration, but never the less he had an interesting story ...more
Nana Fredua-Agyeman
Chuma Nwokolo's Diaries of a Dead African (Villager House, 2003; 193) is a story of two generations - a father and his two sons - spanning over just a month and recorded in one three-authored diary. The story is about their lack and their nothingness and their uselessness in the midst of plenty. It is also about human, and in general societal, behaviour towards the less privileged in society.

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Aug 21, 2016 Concillier Coco rated it it was amazing
If you want a good laugh, this is the book to read. I laughed through it all: from the misfortunes of Meme, his 'gold-digging' ex-wife, his Cornish son Calamatus, his other 'intellectual' son and the villagers- whose opinions on the family shifted depending on whether they had money or not. The ending was rather sad.
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Apr 14, 2016 Felista Wangari rated it really liked it
The book is pretty short, but I made sure to read it slowly, to savour each page, because I just didn't want it to end. It is such a sweet read that takes you through a mix of emotions. It is one of the books you'll enjoy reading again.
Oct 06, 2014 Sari rated it really liked it
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This book is roller coaster funny. You'll laugh, cry, cringe, gawk, cower, at almost every page turn. Can I call it very nicely written comedy, I think I can call it that! I'm African I could grasped the references and contexts, but it really is quick easy reading for everyone.
Feb 29, 2012 Tayo rated it really liked it
I absolutely enjoyed reading this book. It went through a family written from each person's perspective and everyone's story is related, each entry answers the questions from the previous entry. I totally enjoyed reading this book especially the uncertainty at the end of the book.
Apr 29, 2016 EveyG rated it it was amazing
This book is exceptional. It takes a special kind of writer to make you laugh out loud as you read a story so incredibly dark, it would break your heart in anyone else's hands.
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I do not remember the last time I read a book as hilarious as this one. It tells a story of a man and his two sons in a society which regards them as `cursed. ...more
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