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A Rainy Season

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It is the rainy season of 1998. An autocratic and corrupt ruler has just died in the arms of courtesans at the presidential villa leaving one hundred million citizens of Africa’s most populous country in comingled states of joy, grief and uncertainty.

Through the eyes of eight fictional characters, A Rainy Season tells the story of Nigeria’s latest journey to democracy. Hamed, the government contractor. Ekei, the desperate fashionista. Jude, the underground radical. Kurdi, the womanizing pastor. Tamara, the ambitious divorcee. Elechi, the inquisitive schoolboy. Mutiu, the disillusioned guard. Nonye, the blossoming idealist. The sprawling metropolis of Lagos is the junction where their stories intersect. In this most chaotic of cities, they are as divided by ethnicity, religion, gender and social class as they are united by a desire to survive at any cost.

280 pages, Kindle Edition

First published August 1, 2014

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Nnaziri Ihejirika

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September 3, 2016
Lagos Nigeria, circa 1990’s eight people living in an apartment complex, their stories told as Nigeria sits on the precipice of military to civilian rule.

Eclectic cast facing challenges involving their beliefs and actions. Their survival in a notoriously corrupt system is examined as their chaotic country unravels. The characters are at odds with cultural expectations and wanting to move ahead posing moral dilemmas. With such varying characters and individual personalities facing questionable challenges the reader feels the vibrancy and crossroads of Lagos – a bustling city always the cog of much unrest and controversy, you have a sense of the people. Inhabitants are realistic whether you love them or loath them, characterization propels this collection of connected short stories. Those familiar with life in Lagos will enjoy and comprehend the turmoil and unrest both city and players depicted face.

Ihejirika’s portrayal gives a panoramic view of turbulent times in Nigeria. Entertaining characters facing chaos in a country with potential gives outsiders an understanding of the machinations of a well known corrupt government and the skills for its inhabitants to prevail. No doubt Ihejirika is an author to keep your eye on, impressive freshman effort.
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October 25, 2014
I have always liked knowing more about other countries and reading a book of historical fiction set in Nigeria is for me like watching a documentary, like seeing a movie, like travelling with the mind to distant places and other lives.
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