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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Yellow Yellow

I bought Kaine Agary's Yellow Yellow while in Lagos recently and only got to start reading it on the tube this evening. Other bloggers who have read it have reacted in varying ways from rave reviews to the downright rude. Purchased at 500 Naira (£2) I bought the book because I understand it explores the issues around the oil industry's devastation of the environment in the Niger Delta. The first chapter certainly delivers on this.

While I will reserve my thoughts about the book as a whole till I've finished reading it, I certainly think the first chapter deserves a read. Its two pages are about 500 words and can be read at the Amazon site here. I'd previously read various articles about the Niger Delta on the bbc site that deliver an impersonal somewhat antiseptic view, with her first chapter Kaine immediately parachutes you head first into the issues from the point of view of a local resident. I strongly urge you check it out, perhaps even buy the book if you then want to see how it ends...


Blogger Omosewa said...

Seems like it'll be a nice read. Is it someone's real life story. I cant imagine the horror of having a sole means of liveliyhood destroyed, just like that. I cant wait to catch up on Nigerian novels, i like the way pidgin is used, really nice.

11:13 pm, July 24, 2007  
Blogger tolulope said...

hi, is morohuntodun your real name?! well...was just surprised to see that someone shares my mum's name, for the first time.
stay good.

1:25 pm, July 25, 2007  
Blogger Arewa said...

JUST DISCOVERED UR BLOG.. I will definately check out the book.. i dont really know much about the Naija oil reserves but i do read a lot about things concerning Africa especially west Africa as i am Ghanaian.

I will also recomend Chi Ngozi Adichie's - Half of the yellow Sun which is phenominal and definately a good read.

Will be checking out ur blog.. Do stop by and check out my page.

oh and by the way Tufaces new video was filmed in Ghana and u should visit it sometime .. its a really nice place (honest not just because its my country)

Stay blessed x x x x

6:12 pm, July 25, 2007  
Blogger Kafo said...

what will the book tell us that we don't already know????


we are nigerians after all

3:40 am, July 26, 2007  
Blogger classybabe said...

Seems interesting.If i get it,it will be my first naija based book in a long while.Hope it doesn't disappoint

10:29 pm, July 26, 2007  
Blogger catwalq said...


6:17 am, July 30, 2007  
Blogger OmoIbadan said...

I think Yellow yellow will make a safer read than the bewitched Harry porter book, can you believe even grannies queued at Waterstones at midnight just to buy that ogbanje book?

1:19 pm, July 30, 2007  
Blogger Nilla said...

My sister just bought the I'll get to read it later.

I just bought "Everything good will come" (noticed you have that in your profile)..haven't finished reading the first chapter, but i love it already.

7:45 pm, July 31, 2007  
Blogger Uzo said...

Sadly, i didnt enjoy this book at all.

Nilla,Everything good will come is a great read....

2:06 pm, August 01, 2007  
Blogger uknaija said...

I enjoyed it- it's quite simple but yeah it's worth reading

4:11 pm, August 20, 2007  
Blogger Monef said...

Sounds like it is worth checkingout.I wonder how I can get hold of it in NY, Naija lit is pretty hard to come by in these parts.

6:18 am, September 02, 2007  
Blogger Olamild said...

Morountodun eja osan
nice blog

5:05 pm, November 12, 2007  
Blogger SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

just discovered your blog and you haven't updated in a while... hope all is well.

12:34 am, November 15, 2007  
Anonymous Omosewa said...

...where r you re??

im abt to order this book..

1:03 am, December 10, 2007  
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