December Author Spotlight : Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani December 5, 2019 – Posted in: Author Spotlight, Uncategorized – Tags: Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, African Literature, Author, Beneath the Baobab Tree, Bokoharam, books, Fraud, I do not come to you by chance, Journalism, Literature, Masobe Books, Northern Nigeria, Writer
Adaobi Tricia Obinne Nwaubani is a Nigerian novelist, humorist, essayist and journalist.
Her debut novel, I Do Not Come to you by Chance, won the 2010 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book (Africa), a Betty Trask First Book award, and was named by the Washington Post as one of the Best Books of 2009.
Her debut Young Adult novel, Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree, based on interviews with girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, was published by HarperCollins in September 2018. It won the 2018 Raven Award for Excellence in Arts and Entertainment, was named as one of the American Library Association’s Best Fiction for Young Adults, and is a Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2019 selection.
I Do Not Come To You By Chance:
As first son and graduate, Kingsley Ibe has a load of responsibilities resting on his skinny shoulders. But times are bad in Nigeria, and life is hard. Unable to find work, Kingsley cannot take on the duty of training his younger siblings, nor can he provide his parents with financial peace in their retirement. And then there is Ola his girlfriend, the sugar in Kingsley’s tea. It does not seem to matter that he loves her deeply; he cannot afford her bride price.
But when Kingsley’s father falls sick, he becomes desperate to live up to his responsibilities. So he travels to Aba, to his wealthy uncle, ‘Cash Daddy’.
Under the avuncular wing of ‘Cash Daddy’, Kingsley is catapulted into the fast-money world of email scamming where he discovers a profitable talent for persuasive storytelling. But, as the stakes grow higher and Cash Daddy grows more ambitious, Kingsley begins to realise he is in way over his head and that, even in Nigeria, nothing comes for free . . .
I Do Not Come to You by Chance, a book which the author deems an idea that came before the novel, is one that through the Protagonist, Kingsley, attempts to explore the journey from good to bad and the blurred lines in between.
Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree:
Adaobi brings her years of journalistic endeavour to bear in this gripping story of woe, abuse and admirable fortitude; of a young girl whose dreams of a university education facilitated by a prestigious scholarship, is shattered when Boko Haram Terrorists attack her village and take her and other women captive after killing her brothers and father among others. This is a well-spun tale that traces the experiences of the women in the hands of the terrorists.
Based on interviews with young women who were kidnapped by Boko Haram, this poignant novel tells the timely story of one girl who was taken from her home and her harrowing fight for survival.
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