Nigeria: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s new book, Half of a Yellow Sun

Half of a Yellow SunFrom London daily The Morning Star:

Top fare from a Nigerian gem

(Sunday 20 August 2006)

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
(Fourth Estate, £14.99)

AFTER her outstanding first novel Purple Hibiscus, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s new novel was eagerly awaited and doesn’t disappoint.

It is again set in her homeland of Nigeria, but, this time, during the 1960s and the fratricidal Biafran war.

Nigeria has the largest population of any African country, estimated at over 100 million.

It is also one of the wealthiest, with its large reserves of oil, but this wealth has scarcely touched the majority of the people.

The country has been riven by wars, saddled with military dictatorships, endemic corruption and is characterised by huge economic disparities.

It has, though, also produced more than its fair share of Africa’s best writers and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is undoubtedly among them.

This is not an “African” book in the narrow or parochial sense, but belongs in the mainstream of humanitarian world literature, even though it is firmly rooted in Nigeria.

Adichie writes with a maturity which belies her mere 29 years.

In her eloquent and passionate prose, the heat, the smells, sensuality and colour of Africa leap from the pages.

Her characters are finely drawn and vibrantly alive.’

Review of film based on this book: here.

West African music: here.

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4 thoughts on “Nigeria: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s new book, Half of a Yellow Sun

  1. SOAS Friends of Africa (FoA)
    invites you to
    Nigeria at 46
    Is Nigeria Really Independent?

    Saturday 7 October 2006, 2pm

    Presentation on Nigeria’s Independence,
    the Zikist movement, and Pan-Africanism

    Poems & exhibition

    Room G52, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, London WC1

    Russell Sq tube, buses 7, 68, 91, 188
    Further Info : tel 079 49 53 93 94



    That woman, the mother of Nyevero
    Has a tooth that needs a filling.
    Her husband has been in London
    Since Nyevero was 2, now she is 7
    Who can blame the mother of Nyevero
    For having so many cavities?

    Mai Nyevero, carefully chooses her seat.
    She sits carelessly opposite me,
    Exposing plump thighs, and grins
    “Look Mhizha, the forest is full of trees
    But your axes are old, rusty and blunt”
    She winks at me, gathers her skirts and swishes off,
    Laughing like a happy hyena in the dead of night.

    Night finds her in bed with that fool Gandari.
    But woman, Gandari was caught last week
    Naked in bed, with the new teacher’s wife.

    This Aids – python, myth or phantom
    Will surely finish us all off . . .

    © 2006, Ignatius T. Mabasa

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