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Lagos, Life and Sexual Distraction (Paperback)

Historical Fiction

Imprint: EnvelopeBooks
Pages: 148
ISBN: 9781915023100
Published: 6th April 2023

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A collection of 12 short stories, mostly focused on the distinct character of life in Lagos - the commercial capital of Nigeria. In writing this book, the author says he has tried to teleport the reader to Lagos, to experience what an average Nigerian in the south of the country does to keep his or her dreams, hopes and aspirations alive. He also shows the tensions that exist between the generations, between the sexes and between different social classes and ethnicities. The book shows why every Lagosian is expected to live by the popular local saying, "Shine Your Eyes", referring to the need to keep vigilant. Two stories are dedicated to the very different plight of people living in northern Nigeria. Northern Nigerians are mostly Hausa and Muslim; those in the south are mostly Christian and Yoruba or Igbo. Lagos is a land of opportunity and Lagosians are one of the most successful people in the world by virtue of their perseverance. As the author says (in Pidgin), “I dey live and work for Lagos and I love am - as I hope say you go see.”

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