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AkooBooks Audio: African Writers / Nigeria

Inspired by David Evans list of audiobooks by African writers.

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Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree

By Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani & Viviana Mazza
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 5 hours 57 minutes

Based on interviews with young women who were kidnapped by Boko Haram, this poignant novel by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani tells the timely story of one girl who was taken from her home in Nigeria and her harrowing fight for survival. Includes an afterword by award-winning journalist Viviana Mazza.

A new pair of shoes, a university degree, a... Read more »

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Prayer For The Living

By Ben Okri
Narrated by: Ben Okri
Length: 4 hours 40 minutes

Topical and timely, Booker Prize-winning author Ben Okri's new collection of short stories blur parallel realities and walk the line between darkness and magic. Is what you see all there is? Look again. Playful, frightening, even shocking – the stories in this collection blur the lines between illusion and reality. This is a writer at th Read more »e...
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The Freedom Artist

By Ben Okri
Narrated by: Ben Okri
Length: 6 hours 51 minutes

In a world uncomfortably like our own, a young woman called Amalantis is arrested for asking a question. Her question is this: Who is the Prisoner?

When Amalantis disappears, her lover Karnak goes looking for her. He searches desperately at first, then with a growing realization that to find Amalantis, he must first understand the meaning o Read more »f...
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Say You're One of Them

By Uwem Akpan
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 1 hours 6 minutes

Uwem Akpan's stunning stories humanize the perils of poverty and violence so piercingly that few readers will feel they've ever encountered Africa so immediately. The eight-year-old narrator of "An Ex-Mas Feast" needs only enough money to buy books and pay fees in order to attend school. Even when his twelve-year-old sister takes to the street Read more »s...
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Say You're One of Them

By Uwem Akpan
Narrated by: Robin Miles & Dion Graham
Length: 2 hours 34 minutes

Uwem Akpan's stunning stories humanize the perils of poverty and violence so piercingly that few readers will feel they've ever encountered Africa so immediately. The eight-year-old narrator of "An Ex-Mas Feast" needs only enough money to buy books and pay fees in order to attend school. Even when his twelve-year-old sister takes to the street Read more »s...
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War Girls

By Tochi Onyebuchi
Narrated by: Adepero Oduye
Length: 12 hours 56 minutes

Two sisters are torn apart by war and must fight their way back to each other in a futuristic, Black Panther-inspired Nigeria.

The year is 2172. Climate change and nuclear disasters have rendered much of earth unlivable. Only the lucky ones have escaped to space colonies in the sky.

In a war-torn Nigeria, battles are fought using flying, deadl Read more »y...
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My Sister, the Serial Killer

A Novel

By Oyinkan Braithwaite
Narrated by: Adepero Oduye
Length: 4 hours 14 minutes

My Sister, the Serial Killer

My Sister, the Serial Killer is one of the best books to come along in quite a while — fast, funny, and completely engrossing. Oyinkan Braithwaite offers up a tale of Nigerian sisters Ayoola, a beautiful and sociopathic serial killer who destroys boyfriends, aware that all they ever want her for is her appearance, and Korede, a nurse whose average looks leave her continually passed up in preference for Ayoola. Still, taciturn and devoted Korede works hard to cover up her charming sister’s crimes. What will happen when they both fall for the same guy? At once a page-turner and a perversely righteous tale about the emptiness of physical beauty and the superficiality of being charmed by it, My Sister, the Serial Killer is entertaining, provoking, and utterly fascinating!”

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Transformed

A Navy SEAL’s Unlikely Journey from the Throne of Africa, to the Streets of the Bronx, to Defying All Odds

By Remi Adeleke
Narrated by: Remi Adeleke
Length: 11 hours 11 minutes

What are the odds? Statistics tell us that African American males who grow up in a single-parent household are nine times more likely to drop out of high school and twenty times more likely to end up in prison than any other demographic. But what would it take for one young man not only to rise above those statistics but also become a Navy SEAL,... Read more »

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Under the Udala Trees

By Chinelo Okparanta
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 11 hours 18 minutes

Inspired by Nigeria's folktales and war, Under the Udala Trees is a deeply searching, powerful debut about the dangers of living and loving openly.Ijeoma comes of age as her nation does; born before independence, she is eleven when civil war breaks out in the young republic of Nigeria. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced child, an Read more »d...
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Travelers

A Novel

By Helon Habila
Narrated by: Mirron Willis
Length: 10 hours

A startlingly imaginative exploration of the African diaspora in Europe, by one of our most acclaimed international writers.

A Nigerian graduate student who has made his home in America knows what it means to strike out for new shores. When his wife proposes that he accompany her to Berlin, where she has been awarded a prestigious art Read more »s...
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Oil on Water

By Helon Habila
Narrated by: Richard Allen
Length: 8 hours 37 minutes

In the oil-rich and environmentally devastated Nigerian Delta, a British oil executive's wife has been kidnapped. Two journalists - a young upstart, Rufus, and a once-great, now disillusioned veteran, Zaq - are sent to find her. In a story rich with atmosphere and taut with suspense, Oil on Water explores the conflict between idealism and... Read more »

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Purple Hibiscus

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
Length: 10 hours 55 minutes

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a 2003 O Henry Prize winner, and was shortlisted for the 2002 Caine Prize for African Writing and the 2004 Orange Prize. In Purple Hibiscus, she recounts the story of a young Nigerian girl searching for freedom. Although her father is greatly respected within their community, 15-year-old Kambili knows a frighteningl Read more »y...
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The Thing Around Your Neck

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
Length: 6 hours 49 minutes

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie burst onto the literary scene with her remarkable debut novel, Purple Hibiscus, which critics hailed as “one of the best novels to come out of Africa in years” (Baltimore Sun), with “prose as lush as the Nigerian landscape that it powerfully evokes” (The Boston Globe); The Washington Post called her “th Read more »e...
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Half of a Yellow Sun

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Narrated by: Zainab Jah
Length: 18 hours 9 minutes

From the award-winning, bestselling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists—a haunting story of love and war
 
Recipient of the Women’s Prize for Fiction “Winner of Winners” award


With effortless grace, celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie illuminates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra's impassioned struggle to... Read more »

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Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Narrated by: January LaVoy
Length: 1 hours 1 minutes

Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

“A short and thought-provoking listen. When a friend ask for advice on how to raise her daughter a feminist, Ngozi Adiche had some clear guidelines. She takes a deep look at her own culture and the roles gender play in the world we live in today. A great inspiration. Sure to be something I am going to give all my girlfriends.”

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We Should All Be Feminists

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Narrated by: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Length: 45 minutes

The highly acclaimed, provocative New York Times bestseller from the award-winning, bestselling author of Americanah

In this personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from the much-admired TEDx talk of the same name—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion an Read more »d...
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Never Look an American in the Eye

A Memoir of Flying Turtles, Colonial Ghosts, and the Making of a Nigerian American

By Okey Ndibe
Narrated by: Peter Jay Fernandez
Length: 8 hours 4 minutes

Okey Ndibe's funny, charming, and penetrating memoir tells of his move from Nigeria to America, where he came to edit the influential-but forever teetering on the verge of insolvency-African Commentary magazine. It recounts stories of Ndibe's relationships with Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, and other literary figures; examines the difference Read more »s...
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Foreign Gods, Inc.

By Okey Ndibe
Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
Length: 11 hours 24 minutes

Foreign Gods, Inc. tells the story of Ike, a NewYork–based Nigerian cab driver who sets out to steal the statue of an ancientwar deity from his home village and sell it to a New York gallery.

Ike’s plan is fueled by desperation. Despite a degree ineconomics from a major American college, his strong accent has barred him fromthe corporate world.... Read more »

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An Orchestra of Minorities

By Chigozie Obioma
Narrated by: Chukwudi Iwuji
Length: 18 hours 8 minutes

A heartbreaking story about a Nigerian poultry farmer who sacrifices everything to win the woman he loves, by Man Booker Finalist and author of The Fishermen, Chigozie Obioma.

"It is more than a superb and tragic novel; it's a historical treasure."-Boston Globe

Set on the outskirts of Umuahia, Nigeria and narrated by a chi, or guardian spirit Read more »,...
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The Fishermen

A Novel

By Chigozie Obioma
Length: 9 hours 51 minutes

In a Nigerian town in the mid 1990's, four brothers encounter a madman whose mystic prophecy of violence threatens the core of their close-knit family.

Told from the point of view of nine year old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, THE FISHERMEN is the Cain and Abel-esque story of an unforgettable childhood in 1990's Nigeria, in the smal Read more »l...
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