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Two Nigerian authors hit bookstores with tales of Lagosian living and a poignant, humorous memoir

By Laura Angela Bagnetto

For this month's Africa: Stories in the 55, we have the special treat of two accomplished Nigerian authors, Okey Ndibe, whose poignant, yet humorous memoir, Never Look an American in the Eye, is out now with Soho Press, and Anietie Isong's satirical Radio Sunrise, published by Jacaranda books, which will hit bookstores in January 2017.

 In his new book, Never Look an American in the Eye, Nigerian author Okey Ndibe shares ancedotes from growing up during the Biafran war in Nigeria, to modern rites of passage that affect many who immigrate to the United States.

Listen to the full interview with Okey Ndibe, author of Never Look an American in the Eye

Nigerian author Anietie Isong's satirical novel, Radio Sunrise, takes a long look at journalism, relationships, and how Ifiok, a young Nigerian man, negotiates his way through life.

Listen to Anietie Isong speak about writing his novel, Radio Sunrise

Does trauma define the person? Aminatta Forna's latest novel, Happiness, explores love and loss

Musician examines his integrity in Nigerian magical realism novel Taduno's Song

The struggle in Ethiopia continues - there's no stopping half way, says political poet Hama Tuma

Tense, compelling Zimbabwean tales in Behind Enemy Lines short stories

Naivo's Beyond the Rice Fields crafts an epic historical tale set in the highlands of Madagascar

Karim Miské dazzles readers with award-winning crime novel "Arab Jazz"

Characters haunted by memories, prejudice in Nigeria novel "Crocodile Girl"

A glimpse into the lives of Lagosians in Nigerian Ayo Sogunro's short story collection

Love and infertility issues in "Stay with Me", a new novel by Ayòbámi Adébáyò

Young Congolese man trying to deal with life and school in JJ Bola's new novel; Nommo Awards for African Speculative Fiction

South Africa's WWI tragedy immortalised in new novel; Rwandan genocide as seen by Djiboutian writer

Surviving the outbreak of the Somali civil war; academic finds modern-day parallels to 19th century Muslim leader

Dynamic Duo of Bahati e-books for 2017; Congo-Brazzaville author speaks on identity in The Heart of the Leopard Children

Life lessons shared in Ghanaian writer Ayesha Harruna Attah's novel, Saturday's Shadows

Writing for Black Sparkle millennials from a Nigerian perspective; and Botswana trans poetess brings individuality to the fore

South African novel Green Lion leaps off the page; the politics of touch in "The Lifebloom Gift"

Burundian novel Baho! looks at the weight of memory; Nneka Arimah's apocalyptic sci-fi short story

On the bus with the 2016 Caine Prize African literature finalists

Author Kevin Eze speaks on working across genres; and Amalion Publishing, uniting Africa through books