Chika Unigwe is the author of four novels, including the acclaimed On Black Sisters’ Street (Jonathan Cape, 2009), and winner of the $100,000 Nigeria Prize for Literature (2012). She is an acclaimed short story writer, including the collection Better Never Than Late (Cassava Republic, 2019). In 2014 she was selected as one of the Africa39 list. In 2016, Unigwe was appointed as the Bonderman Professor for Creative Writing at Brown University in Rhode Island and was judge of the Man Booker International Prize in 2017.
8 year-old Obioma is a football star. She uses a special stick to score goals and never loses a race in her wheelchair! But when she moves to a new city, she has to go to a new school where she has no friends, and everyone calls her “the girl with the wheelchair”. Obioma misses playing football most of all, until one day a girl named Ayana asks her to race. Once they start playing football, everyone joins in and Obioma finds a new team to play with!
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Other Books By Chika Unigwe
Better Never Than Late
How To Build Your Own Country
Why not start your own country? The kingdom of Jason! The federal republic of Katie! Let HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN COUNTRY be your guide to starting a nation from scratch. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…
Step 1: Stake out your identity by creating a flag, writing a national anthem and putting your name on the map.
Step 2: Run the country by holding elections, forming a government and laying down the law.
Step 3: Meet the neighbors by joining international organizations and finding allies who will help you face the big issues of the world.
Just think: your own personal country! Even if it were only the size of a bathmat, it would be all yours! So grab a copy of HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN COUNTRY, and get ready to rule!
Author: Valerie Wyatt | Print ISBN: 978-9785078367 | No of Pages: 40 | Format: Paperback | Pub Date: October 2013
The Hidden Star£7.99
Nolitye lives in a shack with her mother Thembi in Phola, a dusty township on the edge of Jo’burg. She is good at maths and likes collecting stones, which she places in a bucket under her bed. She also has unusual powers: she can communicate with dogs. Nolitye has two close friends, Bheki, who is overweight, and the bespectacled Four Eyes. The girls’ lives are made miserable by Rotten Nellie and her gang of Spoilers.
Author: K. Sello Duiker | No of Pages: 210 | ISBN: 978-9784851848 | Publication Date: 2008
Mayowa and The Masquerades£6.99
Mayowa is unhappy because he has been told he will be visiting his grandmother in Ilisan. When he gets there, grandma pairs him up with the ever-hungry, fun- loving Denuyi. Together, they explore the town and all its wonders. By the time he returns to Lαgos, Mαyowa learns that there is more to life than computer games…
Author: Lola Shoneyin | Print ISBN: Nigeria: 978-9784851886 | Print ISBN: UK: 978-1911115144 | Format: Picture Book | No of Pages: 32 | Pub Date: Nigeria: 2010 | Pub Date: UK 2016
Princess Arabella Goes to School£6.99
A delightful addition to the popular ‘Princess Arabella’ series. Princess Arabella and her friends embark upon their first day at Princess School. They find themselves taking some very unusual lessons – and when they are allowed to bring their pets to school, fun and games ensue!
An engaging and entertaining picture book for children aged 3+.
Author: Mylo Freeman | Print ISBN: 978-1911115410 | Format: Picture Book | No. of Pages: 28 | Pub. Date: 26th April 2017
A Fun ABC£6.99
Join Adanah on an alphabetical adventure as she goes to visit her grandfather in Modakeke, Nigeria. Every letter, from A to Z, is featured in this African alphabet book, including C for a camera to take pictures, E for an eagle spied above the trees, P for a pump for fetching water, and S for stories told by Auntie Sumbo.
Adana recalls with excitement a memorable experience at her Granddad’s village and the relaxed pace of rural life compared to the hustling city that she lives in. Her audience is her best friend Zainab, to whom she extends an invite to join her, when next she returns.
Written in a bouncing rhyming style, children will learn while having fun as they join Adanah on her school holiday adventure!
The book is geared towards a reading age of 4-7 and the characters are positive models for the African culture, food and way of life.
Author: Sade Fadipe | Print ISBN: 978-1911115151 | Format: Picture Book | No. of Pages: 32pp | Pub. Date: June 2016
Grandma and the Moon’s Hidden Secret£9.99
Àdùké lives with her grandparents in Ibadan and Grandma is her favourite person in the world. She loves when Grandma sings to her, and gives her treats from her stall. But one day, Àdùké comes home from school and can’t find Grandma anywhere! Àdùké doesn’t understand why Grandma can’t come back, but then her aunt Yímiká tells her a secret. Can she really see Grandma if she squints up at the moon?
Àdùkẹ́ ń gbé pẹ̀ lú àwọn òbí òbí rẹ̀ ní ìlú Ìbàdàn, Ìyá Àgbà ló sì fẹ́ràn jùlọ lágbàáyé.
Ó fẹ ́ràn kí Ìyá Àgbà máa kọrin fún àti bí wọ́n ṣe máa ń fun ní kókóró láti inú ìsọ̀ wọn.
Ní ọjọ́ kan, Àdùkẹ́ dé láti ilé-ìwé, ṣùgbọ́ n kò rí Ìyá Àgbà níbì kankan! Àdùkẹ́ ò mọ ìdí tí
Ìyá Àgbà ò le padà wá mọ́. Nígbà náà ni àntí Yímíká sọ àṣírí kan fún.
Ṣé lóòótọ́ ni ó lè rí Ìyá Àgbà nínú òṣùpá tí ó bá ṣe ojú rẹ̀ tínńtín?
Crossing the Stream£9.99
Ato hasn’t visited his grandmother’s house since he was seven. He’s heard the rumors that she’s a witch, and his mother has told him he must never sit on the old couch on her porch. Now here he is, on that exact couch, with a strange looking drink his grandmother has given him, wondering if the rumors are true. What’s more, there’s a freshly dug hole in her yard that Ato suspects may be a grave meant for him. Meanwhile at school, Ato and his friends have entered a competition to win entry to Nnoma, the island bird sanctuary that Ato’s father helped created.
But something is poisoning the community garden where their project is housed, and Ato sets out to track down the culprit. In doing so, he brings his estranged mother and grandmother back together, and begins healing the wounds left on the family by his father’s death years before.
And Then He Sang A Lullaby£7.91
AND THEN HE SANG A LULLABY is a breathtaking and captivating story of two gay men who find each other in Nigeria and are determined to love despite all that stands in their way. August is a straight-passing track star who has left Enugu, his overbearing sisters, and an apathetic father to find himself at the University of Nigeria Nsukka. Segun is an openly gay student who is reluctant to fall in love with August, wanting only to be with a man who is comfortable with his sexuality and has the capacity to love without shame. But when the Same Sex (Marriage) Prohibition Act is passed, August and Segun must find a way to tend to their blossoming romance in a country determined to eradicate them. And even while they run into harshness and cruelty at the hands of people whose lives and loves are legal, the two young lovers find kindness, understanding, solace and comfort in the arms of each other and in unexpected places.
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