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The Extinction of Menai: A Novel

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In the early 1980s, a pharmaceutical company administers an unethical drug trial to residents of the Niger Delta village of Kreektown. When children die as a result of the trial, the dominoes of language extinction and cultural collapse begin to topple. Decades later the end looms for the Menai people. Continents-apart twin brothers separated at birth, an excommunicated da ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 7th 2018 by Ohio University Press
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Otene Ogwuche
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In the end the Menai did not all die did they? There's a piece of us scattered all over the world, wherever we have ever been...
Kojo Essel
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This great complex novel is full of invention and surprises. The main story - the bizarre dying out of a small fictional Menai tribe in Nigeria’s delta - is unusual enough. But even more unique is its format, as a compendium of lively narratives from a swathe of personalities, each telling their differently voiced stories from Nigeria, Abidjan and UK - some of which concern the Menai, others hardly at all. Some are comic (a writer hack Chinese-adopted twin of Nigeria’s most wanted criminal), oth ...more
Timi Odueso
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"How sweet can another man's church and country be, to make children forget the breastwaters of their mothers like this?"

- Ma'Bamou

I have found that good books are like good pots of soup. They take time to cook, they need to simmer and months after, as you take a bite of something subpar, something similar, you mourn as you miss the taste of that pot.

By all means, this is a good book.

From the interrelationships between the characters, to imagery, to the phraseology explored for each diverse char
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Patrick
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This books tells a sprawling story of how the members of a small ethnic group, the Menai, who were rendered sterile by an experimental vaccine. While the bulk of the story takes place much later, the slow extinction of the Menai looms like a thundercloud over each character. It was a bit hard to follow at times, but the many characters blend like a chorus to tell a fascinating story of geopolitical intrigue, mistaken identity, and the ways in which the distant past affects the present and future ...more
Oluwafemi Ojosu
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
The use of language, the inventiveness of words! Language, History and Culture all mixed together in a melting pot, all rolled together into the ingredients of this masterpiece!
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