Welcome to Lagos by Chibundu Onuzo
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Escape is a clever (if not overused) narrative ploy by Onuzo — things never really stall or grow cold — but some of her best and funniest scenes remain in Lagos as the city steadily assumes the curious shape of a beguiling character.
-Star Tribune

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Welcome to Lagos doesn’t just give us a glimpse of Nigeria, it transports us there. Onuzo’s storytelling is masterful, her characters
are irresistible, and her voice is astounding in its subtle power. Onuzo stands on the shoulders of Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and from her perch offers her own fresh, but assured, view.” —Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, author of A Kind of Freedom




When the army officer Chike Ameobi is ordered to kill innocent civilians, he knows it is time to desert his post. As he travels toward Lagos with Yẹmi, his junior officer, and into the heart of a political scandal involving Nigeria’s education minister, Chike becomes the leader of a new platoon, a band of runaways who share his desire for a different kind of life. Among them are Fineboy, a fighter with a rebel group, desperate to pursue his dream of becoming a radio DJ; Isoken, a sixteen-year-old girl whose father is thought to have been killed by rebels; and the beautiful Oma, escaping a wealthy, abusive husband.



Welcome to Lagos
is a high-spirited novel about aspirations and escape, innocence and corruption. Full of humor and heart, it offers a provocative portrait of contemporary Nigeria that marks the arrival in the United States of an extraordinary young writer.

 

About Chibundu Onuzo

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Chibundu Onuzo was born in Nigeria in 1991 and is the youngest of four children. She is currently studying History at Kings College, London. When not writing, Chibundu can be found playing the piano or singing.
 
Published May 1, 2018 by Catapult. 304 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Travel. Fiction
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Star Tribune

Above average
Reviewed by Angela Ajayi on Apr 26 2018

Escape is a clever (if not overused) narrative ploy by Onuzo — things never really stall or grow cold — but some of her best and funniest scenes remain in Lagos as the city steadily assumes the curious shape of a beguiling character.

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Below average
Reviewed by Lovia Gyarkye on Aug 02 2018

But despite the blunders, missteps and excessive plot twists of “Welcome to Lagos,” its dialogue rings true.

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