Okey Ndibe, the writer of some of the most highly regarded books by an African in the last twenty years, is currently on a six city Nigerian book tour.
Okey Ndibe is the writer of three books. Two of them Arrows of Rain and Foreign Gods Inc are fiction titles while the third is a memoir called Never Look An American in the Eye. His debut offering Arrows of Rain published in 2000 is set in the fictional African state of Madia, suffering under its despotic ruler General Isa Palat Bello. He followed this up with Foreign Gods, Inc. the story of Ike, a New York-based Nigerian cab driver, who sets out to steal the statue of an ancient war deity from his home village and sell it to a New York gallery. That book was considered one of the 10 best books of 2014. His memoir Never Look An American in the Eye was published last year.
The author announced that he would do a six city tour in his native Nigeria and he started in Lagos the commercial capital of the West African nation. This was with a reading at the Patabah Book shop Surulere on July 9th followed by another appearance at the University of Lagos in Yaba yesterday. He will be doing a reading at the Goethe Institut in Lagos Island tomorrow July 15th at 2pm before closing out his tour with a reading at Quintessence (Ikoyi) on July 29 at 2PM.
It doesn’t end in Lagos of course. He will be doing events at the at the University of Port Harcourt on July 18 at 10AM, at the University of Nigeria (Nsukka) on July 21 at 5PM, and Abuja Literary Society Sandralia Hotel. Jabi on July 28 at 7PM.
The locations for Awka Ibom and Ibadan are yet to be announced but more information will be shared as and when it will be available.