NAIJA LOVE STORIES –
An unemployed man sees a vision of the love he wants to have as he strikes up a conversation with a young lady on a packed Molue during a traffic jam.
A child gets drawn into the daily goings-on of her beautiful next-door neighbours.
A woman steps back into her hidden past when she meets her father for the first time and spots a torn photo.
A young man realises that he can’t fine tune his romantic inclinations to suit his heritage.
Naija Love Stories, set against the backdrop of a rich and vibrant Nigerian culture, will take you on a journey through the lives and loves of various characters, all grappling with different concepts of what it means to love, and to be loved. Using her lyrical style punctuated with sharp and witty undertones, Ola Awonubi deftly captures the power, poignancy, mystery, hilarity, longevity, complexity and simplicity of love – some of the many faces of love that any reader, anywhere in the world, will instantly recognise.
“Revelatory, nuanced and robust. These stories exploring Naija love in all its glorious complexity sing off the page.”
– Irenosen Okojie, Betty Trask Award Winner.
“Ola Awonubi is a new, fresh voice. Her love stories are heart-warming and refreshingly African. They remind us of all that is delightful about African storytelling.”
– Ainehi Edoro, Founder of Brittle Paper and Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
About the author
Ola Awonubi is an award-winning author and blogger. She graduated with an MA in Creative Writing and Imaginative Practice from the University of East London.
Some of her short stories have been featured online and in journals and anthologies such as African Writing Online, Story Time, The Ake Review, The Woven Tale Press and more recently Brittle Paper.
Her first book Love’s Persuasion was published by Ankara Press, the Romance imprint of Cassava Press, Abuja, Nigeria in 2014, followed by I love You Unconditionally in 2017. She is also one of the contributing writers at Panorama – a new British literary journal with a focus on travel literature, art and photography.
Naija Love Stories is now available on Amazon and OkadaBooks.
NEW RELEASE NOV 2021 – Lovers, Leavers and Keepers is now available on Amazon – Paper copies and Kindle
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