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A Conference in Ennui

A Conference in Ennui is an evocative novel of the promise, expectation, and disappointment of post-colonial Nigeria. The novel illuminates, through a mix of fact and fiction, a seminal moment in modern history: Nigeria's fervent passage through a period of immense oil wealth in the 1970s to a sudden descent into a cataclysmal debt trap in the early 1980s. This chaotic period, captured within the city of Lagos, is experienced alongside the protagonist Femi Falashe, a young engineer seeking to get his life back in track after a sudden job loss, as well as five other unforgettable characters: Kabiru Ayinla , a sociopathic policeman with a dark and violent past; Herbie Wayne , a disenchanted teenager with a cannabis-drenched philosophy ; Duncan Hill, the British fun-seeker who sees a promise of gold beyond the confusion around; Dennis Tom-Dick-Harry, the desperate migrant from the strife-torn oilfields of the Niger Delta ;Aliyu Mai-guard , the eponymous drifter from desert North...

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Ajala the Terrible Child and other Stories

Four children's stories of Nigerian origin.
The story of a boy so terrible that even animals are afraid of him. Everyone in town is afraid of Ajala . In shame his mother took him inside a forest and there abandoned Ajala. He makes friends with some animals but soon they find that Ajala is a very wicked child.The animals run away but Ajala is in hot pursuit. Can the world be saved from Ajala the terrible child ? (stories: Usman and the Leopard , Ajala the Terrible Child, The Lion's Food, The Foolish Rich Man)

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Brain Surgery on the Highway and Other Manic Expressions

Brain Surgery on the Highway & Other Manic Expressions is collection of eleven stories holding a satirical mirror to contemporary Nigerian and British life. In the title story, an itinerant medicine seller tries to separate passengers in a Molue bus from their money. In other parts of the book, a manic millionaire and a schizophrenic advertisement executive attempt to explain away life with mathematical theories;a psychopathic writer is creating a deadly reality show that is not meant for television; and in the wilderness of Brixton an unemployed man contemplating a sojourn abroad is drawn into a grim glimpse into the pitiful life of immigrants. From the first to last page the book is filled with emotional disasters.

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Denge

He was just another unemployed youth, fed up with his failures and even contemplating suicide. But Denrele Gabriel miraculously wins the grand lottery prize and things begin to look a lot better for him. He also discovers that he has an amazing gift for winning in the lotteries, and this makes him very wealthy. The entire world, astounded by his uncanny luck, finally stands for Denrele Gabriel.
But Baba Ijebu and the rest of the lottery cabal are not amused, as several of them have gone broke and closed down because of the extraordinary luck of the man now popularly known as Denge. To their further frustration, their several attempts to assassinate Denrele fail. After Denrele breaks a peace agreement with them never to play the lotteries anymore, the cabal unleashes on him all the machines of war that they could find. But Denrele is once again saved by the hands of an unexpected angel of providence – a once jilted lover. However, he discovers, to his sorrow, that things are...

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Edidare

A political satire on the consequences of bad government.
Edidare tells the story of a group of adventurers on a journey to a far country from which they expect to return with the fruit from the Tree of Enlightenment. Led by a warrior called Irinkerindo , they discover an isolated city hidden deep inside the forest. Edidare as this city is known is a place of indescribable filth and the suffering dwellers have been driven to cannibalism and mindlessness through many years of deprivation.Bursting with chivalry, the travelers seek to restore civilization to the city but laws are eventually made to permanently expel the sojourners from Edidare

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Just Dessert

This screenplay is based on my short story "Just Dessert".
Stephen Marks , a grumpy writer is creating a deadly reality show that is not meant for television. Where will it end ?
This was written as a 30-minute television drama and has just been published .
11-02-2011

Tales of Tambolo

The town of Tambolo is a place where stories come alive - storues for education and entertainment. This is a collection of eleven fictional short stories for children set in a place from Tambolo Town. Stories include: The Elephant Trap, The Forbidden Orange Tree, The Wonderful Singing Bird, Ngozi and the Witch Who Ate Children's Dinners, The Magic Cooking Pot, The Unking Rich Woman,Tafa and the Friendly Spirits, Mama Wunika's Stolen Dinner. The King's Lost Son, Chichi and the Eagle, The Garden of Treasures.

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The Crooked Bullet

Someone has stolen The Crooked Bullet; Raj Desai’s treasured family heirloom and lucky charm. His daughter has also been kidnapped. To the rescue comes Frank Wire private detective and disc jockey by night, fresh from trailing the runaway wife of a dipsomaniac landscaper. But for Frank Wire, his dream appearance in the premiere concert of new pop music sensation Ex-Man , is soon jeopardized by the need to also find and rescue his kidnapped girlfriend, from the faceless, ruthless and ubiquitous organization known as The Barefoot Revolution. The search takes Frank through East London, where he is hunted by assassins, assaulted by hooligans and robbed of prized possessions. As the reluctant mule delivering the kidnap ransom for Raj Desai's daughter, Frank is eventually confronted by an old enemy - the reclusive Rabbi Zulu , a rebel with a diabolic mission; as well as the sordid secret behind The Crooked Bullet.

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The Essential Jimi Hendrix

"The time I burned my guitar it was like a sacrifice. You sacrifice the things you love. I love my guitar."- Jimi Hendrix James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix was a cultural icon and arguably the greatest and most influential electric guitarist in rock music history. Mostly self-taught on the instrument, the left-handed Hendrix played a right-handed guitar turned upside down and re-strung to suit him. Hendrix extended the tradition of rock guitar, exploiting them to a previously undreamed-of extent. As a record producer, Hendrix was also an innovator in using the recording studio as an extension of his musical ideas. In 2003, more than 30 years after his death at 27, Rolling Stone magazine named Hendrix number one on their list of the "100 greatest guitarists of all time". This book presents Hendrix, the man, the musician, the philosopher. It presents his music, his shows, his song lyric, his life.

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The Leopard and the Galogao

In this children’s book a foolish Leopard makes friends with a crafty animal called the Galogalo, and suffers great misfortunes in consequence.
Leopard makes friends with a crafty and evil animal called Galogalo. Soon after Galogalo eats all of Leopard's cubs.While trying to take revenge Leopard suffers humiliation and is eventually killed by Galogalo. What happens eventually to Galogalo? It also ends up in the same wicked way in which it had treated everyone else.

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Two Dogs

An unfortunate dog called Lucky and an arrogant prize bulldog, become neighbors. The pampered bulldog is not impressed by and neither does it offer sympathy to the starving mongrel. By a chance encounter with a wealthy man both are brought face-to-face with the reality that they are merely two dogs - a suggestion which thoroughly irks the bulldog.The sudden death of their masters bring both to terms with a very bleak future ahead. However, constant hardship had prepared the mongrel well for such a situation, while the other contemplates the fear ahead. The story , a satire which dramatizes the class divides . was adapted from a play of same title and also by the same author, .

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Two Dogs - A Play in One Act

Two Dogs- the play. A social satire.
An unfortunate dog called Lucky and an arrogant prize bulldog, become neighbors. The pampered bulldog is not impressed by and neither does it offer sympathy to the starving mongrel. By a chance encounter with a wealthy man both are brought face-to-face with the reality that they are merely two dogs - a suggestion which thoroughly irks the bulldog.The sudden death of their masters bring both to terms with a very bleak future ahead. However, constant hardship had prepared the mongrel well for such a situation, while the other contemplates the fear ahead.

Yoruba Folk Tales

The imagery in Yoruba folk tales can be quite striking and are often astonishing .The tales live and breathe and sometimes walk into each other and around at night when all have gone to sleep. But in the end there is always a moral lesson that was learned. All these stories are derived from Yoruba folklore. Some are as old as the art of storytelling itself, some are relatively newer, some I have been gleaned from places that have become lost to memory, and some I have made up entirely on my own . In all cases I have attempted to retell the stories in my own way, and in the way of a Yoruba storyteller. - Rotimi Ogunjobi

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