Ukamaka Olisakwe’s newest novel Ogadinma Or, Everything Will Be All Right, published by Indigo Press, is out on June 18, 2020.
Ukamaka Olisakwe’s first literary adventure was her debut novel Eyes of a Goddess which came out in 2012. She came to the attention of the continental writing community when she was listed among the thirty-nine writers under the age of 40 to make their mark in the future, the Africa39, in 2014.
The novelist’s newest title is set to make her entrance into the UK writing community with a new offering published by Indigo Press on June 18. The book’s blurb describes it thus;
“Ogadinma Or, Everything Will Be All Right” tells the story of the naïve and trusting teenager Ogadinma as she battles against Nigeria’s societal expectations in the 1980s.
After a rape and unwanted pregnancy leave her exiled from her family in Kano, thwarting her plans to go to university, she is sent to her aunt’s in Lagos and pressured into a marriage with an older man. When their whirlwind romance descends into abuse and indignity, Ogadinma is forced to channel her independence and resourcefulness to escape a fate that appears all but inevitable.
Ogadinma, the UK debut by Ukamaka Olisakwe, introduces a heroine for whom it is impossible not to root, and announces the author as a gifted chronicler of the patriarchal experience.
You can pre-order the book from Indigo Press at the following link.