Farafina Releases Afro: The Girl With The Magical Hair , Others

Books. Photo: Newberry

Books. Photo: Newberry

Kachifo Limited has announced its new titles for 2015. They are diverse and range from children’s fiction to poetry and fiction that are designed to meet a variety of tastes. Among the titles are Afro: The Girl with the Magical Hair by Okechukwu Ofili, which tells the story of a special girl who chooses to wear her hair natural, in a land where an evil Queen makes everyone wear their hair in straight weaves. When Afro is kidnapped for her hair’s magic, it is up to her to save herself and the kingdom, with a little help from a friend she makes along the way.

The Maestro, the Magistrate and the Mathematician by Tendai Huchu tells of three different men struggling with thoughts of belonging, loss, identity and love in attempt to find a place for themselves in Britain. In a bid to accomplish this, the Maestro, a depressed, quixotic character, sinks out of the real world into the fantastic world of literature, the Magistrate tries to create new memories and roots, fusing a wandering exploration of Edinburgh with music while the Mathematician, full of youth, follows a carefree, hedonistic lifestyle, until their three universes collide.

Blackass by Igoni Barrett tells a tale of Furo Wariboko – born and bred in Lagos – who awakes on the morning of his job interview to discover he has turned into a white man.

The Stress Test by Mojisola Aboyade-Cole is a story about a discovery, which reveals the unhealthy state of Marine Compact Bank, run by the Johnsons.

It Wasn’t Exactly Love by Farafina Trust Workshop Class 2012 is a collection of short stories put together from the 2012 class of the annual Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop. The stories in this anthology cover a range of themes – marriage, sex and human relationships – with depth and honesty.

A Handful of Dust by Farafina Trust Workshop Class 2013 is a book that speaks of the many struggles faced by contemporary Africans, with its themes ranging from love and sexuality to the true meaning of home.

For Broken Men Who Cross Often by Efe Paul Azino is a collection of poetry on the refreshing and brilliant bond of the written and the oral, as it invents aesthetic devices to connect the two mediums which have constantly generated heated debate: spoken word and poetry-on-the-page.

Thunder Protocol by Obari Gomba is a collection of mid-career oeuvre of lively and impressive poems that examine issues ranging from personal to global. The diversity of themes in this poetry collection is both refreshing and startling, with language that is sometimes witty and inventive, and other times reflective and simple.

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