Welcome to Lagos By Chibundu Onuzo

Chibundu Onuzo was born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1991. Her first novel, The Spider King's Daughter, won a Betty Trask Award, was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Commonwealth Book Prize, and was longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Etisalat Prize for Literature.

Five runaways ride the bus from Bayelsa to a better life in a megacity. They are unlikely allies -- a private, a housewife, an officer, a militant and a young girl. They share a need for escape and a dream for the future. Soon, they will also share a burden none of them expected, but for now, the five sit quietly with their hopes, as the billboards fly past and shout: Welcome to Lagos. Read more...
Welcome to Lagos By Chibundu Onuzo
Welcome to Lagos By Chibundu Onuzo

Welcome to Lagos begins in the Niger Delta with two army members, deserting their squadron, to head far away to Lagos. Along the way, they manage to pick up a motley crew of people heading to this city for a new life, staying amongst dwellers in Makoko (what’s been described as the world’s largest floating slum) and squatting in what they believe is an abandoned house. The book tells the tale of altruism and charity in the most unlikely of circumstances.

“Welcome to Lagos doesn’t just give us a glimpse of Nigeria, it transports us there. Onuzo’s storytelling is masterful, her characters are irresistible, and her voice is astounding in its subtle power. Onuzo stands on the shoulders of Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and from her perch offers her own fresh, but assured, view.” — Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, author of A Kind of Freedom

When the army officer Chike Ameobi is ordered to kill innocent civilians, he knows it is time to desert his post. As he travels toward Lagos with Yẹmi, his junior officer, and into the heart of a political scandal involving Nigeria’s education minister, Chike becomes the leader of a new platoon, a band of runaways who share his desire for a different kind of life. Among them are Fineboy, a fighter with a rebel group, desperate to pursue his dream of becoming a radio DJ; Isoken, a sixteen-year-old girl whose father is thought to have been killed by rebels; and the beautiful Oma, escaping a wealthy, abusive husband.

Welcome to Lagos is a high-spirited novel about aspirations and escape, innocence and corruption. Full of humor and heart, it offers a provocative portrait of contemporary Nigeria that marks the arrival in the United States of an extraordinary young writer.

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An entertaining and funny picture of Lagos life. (Guardian)

A fine novel . . . worlds – rich and poor, urban and rural, privileged and powerless, Muslim and Christian, Igbo and Yoruba – collide to spectacular effect as their paths cross and power shifts hands in surprising and unexpected ways, and then does so again, and again. (Economist)

In the 1960s and 70s my parental home was Ibadan, western Nigeria. From there I used to visit Lagos regularly — even then an unruly, exciting place. The unruly factor and the excitement factor are now off the dial — not to mention the stress factor, the population factor and the danger factor. This heady ambience is perfectly caught in Chibundu Onuzo’s tremendous second novel Welcome to Lagos. (William Boyd Guardian ‘Best Holiday Reads Picked By Wirters’)

Hugely accomplished . . . Nothing evades Onuzo’s biting prose and whipsmart humour. (Independent)

I loved the bittersweet tone of this novel, so wise and beautiful. (Stephen Kelman, author of Pigeon English)

A portrait of contemporary Nigeria that I found difficult to put down. (Stylist ‘Exciting New Reads’)

An entertaining and provocative second novel ?. . . a dazzling road trip from the badlands of the Niger Delta to Nigeria’s sprawling and chaotic megacity. (Reader’s Digest)

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A hugely accomplished tragicomic farce about life in Nigeria, written by one of the country’s brightest young stars. Nothing evades Onuzo’s biting prose and whipsmart humour. (Herald)

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A powerful and provocative portrait of contemporary Nigeria from a celebrated young novelist.

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A powerful and provocative portrait of contemporary Nigeria from a celebrated young novelist.

When army officer Chike Ameobi is ordered to kill innocent civilians, he knows that it is time to leave. As he travels towards Lagos, he becomes the leader of a new platoon, a band of runaways who share his desire for a better life.

Their arrival in the city coincides with the eruption of a political scandal. The education minister, Chief Sandayo, has disappeared and is suspected of stealing millions of dollars from government funds.

After an unexpected encounter with the Chief, Chike and his companions must make a choice. Ahmed Bakare, editor of the failing Nigerian Journal, is desperate for information. But perhaps the situation is more complex than it appears.

As moving as it is mesmerising, Welcome to Lagos is a novel about the power of our dreams for the future and the place of morality in a sometimes hostile world.
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About Chibundu Onuzo

Chibundu Onuzo was born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1991. Her first novel, The Spider King’s Daughter, won a Betty Trask Award, was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Commonwealth Book Prize, and was longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Etisalat Prize for Literature. She is completing a PhD on the West African Student’s Union at King’s College London

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