During our last book club session, we reviewed Elechi Amadi’s “The Slave”. It was, no doubt, an exciting experience for us as we discussed the book.
This month, the CFM online Bookclub will review “FOREIGN GODS, INC” by Okey Ndibe. If you have ever wondered how some of the rare artworks of our sacred deities ended up in foreign museums and private collections, this book provides a clue. The book tells the story of Ike, a New York-based Nigerian cab driver who sets out to steal the statue of an ancient war deity from his home village and sell it to a New York gallery.
The imageries are vivid; the prose flows. In fact, it is safe to say that it is difficult to drop the book once you pick it up to read. It is such a captivating piece.
The author, Prof Okey Ndibe, worked in Nigeria as a journalist and magazine editor before going to the United States in 1988 at the invitation of famous Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe. He holds both an MFA in writing and a PhD in literature from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
In the US, Prof. Ndibe helped to found African Commentary, a magazine described as "award-winning and widely acclaimed". He continued to write for magazines and papers in the United States, winning the 2001 Association of Opinion Page Editors award for best opinion essay in an American newspaper for his piece Eyes to the Ground: The Perils of the Black Student. Prof. Ndibe is a great author. One with many feathers to his cap.
Prof. Okey Ndibe will be present at the next CFM book club session where his book “Foreign Gods Inc.” will be reviewed. You don’t want to miss this particular book club session!!
Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021
Time: 4pm WAT (UTC +1)
Venue: Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87515230469
Kindly click on this link to make a one-time registration if you have not done so earlier https://bit.ly/3iT9GJW
We look forward to having a remarkable time reviewing this great book with Prof. Ndibe.
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