Toni Kan To Review El Nukoya’s Baron Of Broad Street Today
THE author of Nine Lives and winner of ANA-Jacarranda Prize for Prose El Nukoya will present his latest literary offering Baron of Broad Street today, August 2, 2015 at The Lounge, 30 Adetokunbo Asemola Street, Victoria island, Lagos. Time is 4pm. To review the book will be author of Night of the Creaking Bed Mr. Toni Kan.
The book chronicles the polarized worlds of the Lagos impoverished and the affluent, living side-by-side yet a world apart. It captures the limited prospect for mobility in an often-negligent society, and the determination of a select crop of youths to take it upon themselves to change this seemingly rigid equation by all means necessary.
Disun Falodun and his bosom friend Ige are young boys growing up within the squeeze and squalor of Makoko. As they sit on the banks of the Lagos Lagoon, they contemplate life on the other side of town, the exclusive district of the Metropolis covering Ikoyi, Victoria Island and, Broad Street – that mysterious areas, so distant yet so close.
Disun is the optimistic of the duo, resolute in his faith in a fair chance at success in Lagos, his ordinary background notwithstanding. Ige, on the other hand, held by a vibrant, radical mind, reasons that the expectation of a fair chance is utopian, and entrenches himself in the firm belief that the only reliable choices open to them is illicit.
The road to realising this ambition is lined with real dangers. Would they prevail? And if indeed they would, what prices are there to be paid? …And, perhaps, more importantly, of what texture would their residual soul be?
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