Thread of Gold Beads

Nike Campbell Fatoki’s Thread of Gold Beads is a must read. It is the book of the week.

‘Amelia, daughter of the last independent King of Danhomè, King

Nike Campbell Fatoki
Nike Campbell Fatoki

Gbèhanzin, is the apple of her father’s eye, loved beyond measure by her mother, and overprotected by her siblings. She searches for her place within the palace amidst conspirators and traitors to the Kingdom. Just when Amelia begins to feel at home in her role as a Princess, a well-kept secret shatters the perfect life she knows. Someone else within the palace also knows and does everything to bring the secret to light. A struggle between good and evil ensues causing Amelia to leave all that she knows and loves. She must flee Danhomè with her brother, to south-western Nigeria. In a faraway land, she finds the love of a new Nike-Campbell Fatokifamily and God. The well-kept secret thought to have been dead and buried, resurrects with the flash of a thread of gold beads. Amelia must fight for her life and what is left of her soul. Set during the French-Danhomè war of the late 1890s in Benin Republic and early 1900s in Abeokuta and Lagos, South-Western Nigeria, Thread of Gold Beads is a delicate love story, and coming of age of a young girl. It clearly depicts the strength of the human spirit in the face of adversities’.


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It is a book that will definitely get you turning the pages till you get to the end. ‘Thread of Gold Beads’  is available on Amazon and on all major online retailers.



Chika Unigwe's On Black Sisters' Street

I knew a time would come when I would feature a book without reading it. So, this book is on my must read list. Have you read it? What do you think? It is a well researched book  with issues only Chika Unigwe is able to deal with.

From, here is the excerpt:


Chika Unigwe's On Black Sisters' Street
Chika Unigwe’s On Black Sisters’ Street

Four very different women have made their way from Africa to Brussels. They have come to claim for themselves the riches they believe Europe promises but when Sisi, the most enigmatic of the women, is murdered, their already fragile world is shattered.

Drawn together by tragedy, the remaining three women – Joyce, a great beauty whose life has been destroyed by war; Ama, whose dark moods manifest a past injustice; Efe, whose efforts to earn her keep are motivated by a particular zeal – slowly begin to share their stories. They are stories of terror, of displacement, of love, and of a sinister man called Dele.


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Okey Ndibe's Foreign gods

Okey Ndibe’s Foreign gods is my book of the week.  This weekend raised questions about dieties, the need for religion in this busy world of ours. I have a lot of questions about the way this book ended. I would love to ask Mr Ndibe for example was ‘Ike going insane? What was the stench in his flat? A book that kept me going from start to the end. If you havent read it, it is really good.

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Okey Ndibe and foreign gods.

Selected as a Best Book of January by Amazon, Publishers WeeklyGQ, and Flavorwire.

“Okey Ndibe’s Foreign Gods, Inc. is one of the most impressive African novels that I have read in years … Clearly, this is one writer to watch. —Charles R. Larson, Counterpunch

Foreign Gods, Inc., 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.

Ike’s plan is fueled by desperation. Despite a degree in economics from a major American college, his strong accent has barred him from the corporate world. Forced to eke out a living as a cab driver, he is unable to manage the emotional and material needs of a temperamental African American bride and a widowed mother demanding financial support. When he turns to gambling, his mounting losses compound his woes.

And so he travels back to Nigeria to steal the statue, where he has to deal with old friends, family, and a mounting conflict between those in the village who worship the deity, and those who practice Christianity.

A meditation on the dreams, promises and frustrations of the immigrant life in America; the nature and impact of religious conflicts; an examination of the ways in which modern culture creates or heightens infatuation with the “exotic,” including the desire to own strange objects and hanker after ineffable illusions; and an exploration of the shifting nature of memory, Foreign Gods is a brilliant work of fiction that illuminates our globally interconnected world like no other.



Yejide Kilanko's Daughters Who Walk This Path

It has to be Yejide Kilanko’s book this week.

From, here is what people have said about the book.

Praise for Daughters Who Walk This Path

“Daughters Who Walk This Path is a subtle yet complex exploration of what it means to be a young woman growing up in contemporary Nigeria. Kilanko does not shy away from tough subjects. Just as importantly, she does not sensationalize them. This is a delightful, haunting book from a very talented writer.”

–Chika Unigwe, award-winning author of On Black Sisters’ Street.

“Though the subject of her novel is one that’ll typically make us avert our eyes, Yejide Kilanko combines an unflinching gaze, a tender heart and a gift for lyrical storytelling. Daughters Who Walk This Path is a necessary book.”

-E.C.Osondu, Winner of the Caine Prize and author Voice of America (HarperCollins 2010)

“The lives of girls and women continue to be fraught with secrets, shame and violence. Yejide Kilanko ‘s courageous characters reveal how young women bear their coming-of-age, and then they learn to tell.”

-Kim Echlin, Giller-nominated author of The Disappeared

Book Description:

Spirited, intelligent Morayo grows up surrounded by school friends and a busy family in modern-day Ibadan, Nigeria. An adoring little sister, her traditional parents, and a host of aunties and c

ousins make Morayo’s home their own. So there’s nothing unusual about Morayo’s charming but troubled cousin, Bros T, moving in with the family. At first Morayo and her sister are delighted, but in her innocence, nothing prepares Morayo for the shameful secret Bros T forces upon her.

Thrust into a web of oppressive silence woven by the adults around her, Morayo must learn to fiercely protect herself and her sister; a legacy of silence many women in Morayo’s family share. Only Aunty Morenike—once protected by her own mother—provides Morayo with a safe home, and a sense of female community which sustains Morayo as she grows into a young woman in bustling, politically charged, often violent Nigeria.


Bible Treasures Explored: Omosola Fiberesima

This week, its got to be Omosola Fiberesima’s Book ‘Bible Treasures Explored’.

The  back cover of the book reads:

‘ Treasures Explored presents questions every child asks about Christianity. This book is written with simplicity without loosing the authenticity of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It contains real answers from children, supported by Sunday school teachers. There are over 30 BPicture for Sis Tundunible treasures explored and explained with great illustrations to bring this message to life. Find out what young Christians have a say about identity, love, relationships, Sunday school, salvation, faith, new life, church and much more Find out what inspired Anthonia to become a Sunday school teacher at the age of thirteen; what made Boma embrace this new life at eight and why Grace aged four enjoys Sunday School. Parents also share the importance of Sunday school from their personal experience. This book is a must read if you want to apply its “Bible Treasures” to your every day life. If you are curious about this amazing relationship with Jesus


Children need Jesus. Period. Fullstop. The question is how can you get your children connected with the Lord? Bible Treasures Explored provides an answer.

See for yourself.  It is not difficult to bring faith alive. Buy it here:

Omosola Fiberesima has her heart in the right place
Reaching children for Jesus

Every Day is for the Thief

Teju Cole
Teju Cole: Every Day is for Thief

I read Teju Cole’s ‘Every Day is for the Thief‘ this Christmas and I loved it. I felt I was on  the visit to Nigeria with him. His story is reminiscent to mine when I visited after a couple of years in absentia. But, I am not Teju Cole neither am I an art historian.

Cole starts off at the Nigerian  Consulate in New York where he describes  the queues and the desperation of Nigerians seeking endorsements on their visas to travel. Their frustration is palpable. I know this is an experience I am going to have  the pleasure of writing about soon.

Consular officers seem to have perfected the art of wasting peoples’ time with unnecessary bureaucratic procedures.  Perfectly Nigerian, his description of  collecting money without issuing a receipt under the banner of the illegality of corruption   resembles the Nigerian High Commission here in the UK. The only difference is that they do issue receipts when they collect money from you but they have perfected the art of wasting time. Time is of no value at the Nigerian High Commission in London.

Cole’s tale of Nigeria is witty, interesting realistic and he does a good job painting what every day life is like in Nigeria. He is impartial and brutal with the chapter on ‘yahoo, yahoo’ boys.

The title of the book, every day is for the thief was from a chapter in the book where Cole describes a typical Lagos scene where a twelve year old boy who allegedly stole something  is mobbed and eventually set on  fire by the jungle justice system that obtains in the market and Lagos generally. My problem with this story is can this be the life in every day Lagos?  Does this happen frequently in Nigeria? I didn’t grow up in Lagos and I have never experienced mob rule in any format. So I just wonder if things are that basic in Nigeria? I am not so sure. I like to believe in spite of provocations, Lagosians are more civilised than Cole would like us to believe.

Other than that, I loved absolutely everything about Cole’s book, his insights in bringing to words many of the assumptions we take for granted about area boys, and the way rich people in Nigeria  preserve their status que gives me has left me asking even more questions about the society I grew up in. Snobbery and elitism are themes  described whilst attempting to cope with the heat and the monsters lurking  in the darkness of electricity cuts.  His recant of the National Museum leaves me annoyed and exasperated as one would have thought that the fire brand Governor of Lagos State would have sorted that out.  Would have? Cole is right though about the way people come to work to read their Bibles, sing spiritual songs and then sleep. Morale is low everywhere with government workers.

If you haven’t read it, what are you waiting for? ‘Every Day is for the Thief’  is available on Amazon and other online retailers.



Can we do without music and books in our lives?

My guests tonight need no introduction. I am excited that Doog Moody, founder Greenbank Music Village would be joining us to talk about music and how the Greenbank Music Village has been changing lives in Luton one instrument at a time.  Why is he so passionate? What books has be been reading? Has he taught any famous musicians? The Green bank Music Village provides affordable music tuition in Luton. Doog has run the village since 1983. Last month, the Greenbank Centre opened a brand new state of the art recording studio.  You need to listen from 6pm.


From 1845pm, Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed who runs the blog, will be  taking us through the African authors who made the most important book lists of 2014. On that list is Teju Cole’s Everyday is for the Thief and Helen Oyeyemi’s Boy, Snow, Bird.teju cole book 3Helen Oyeyemiboy snow bird
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Emma Blooms at Last

Emma Blooms at Last’.

Romance is in the air during the fall wedding season in the Amish community of Cedar Creek. But while one loving couple prepares to tie the knot, Amanda and Wyman Brubaker’s large family faces a threat from outside their happy circle…and must learn to pull together.Cover_Emma_Blooms_At_Last

Recently wed Amanda and Wyman Brubaker are thrilled that their children from previous marriages have blended together to form a strong family. But when the construction of Wyman’s new grain elevator is delayed, making the project more expensive than anticipated, Amanda’s determination to rally the kids into taking on work to improve the family’s finances comes into conflict with Wyman’s sense of responsibility as head of the household….

Meanwhile, as James Graber and Abby Lambright prepare for their long-awaited nuptials, folks gather from far and wide. Amanda’s nephew Jerome has long been smitten with James’s sister Emma and wants to seize this chance to woo her. But Emma’s been burned once and is twice shy of trusting the fun-loving, never-serious Jerome. As Emma and Jerome struggle to understand each other, and find the courage to make a leap of faith, the Brubakers face a bigger challenge than they first anticipated and begin to discover just what it means to fight…the Amish way.



“It’s been way too long since I hitched up a sleigh,” Jerome said as he lightly clapped the reins on Sparky’s back. “I don’t think this one’s seen the snow since Uncle Atlee passed, and that’s a shame. Are you warm enough?”

Emma burrowed deeper beneath the quilts Jerome had draped over them. Now that she was settled on the plush old seat, leaning into Jerome as the sleigh tilted slightly on the downhill lane, she felt happier than she had in a long time. The full moon was beaming down from a blue velvet sky dotted with diamond stars, making the snow-blanketed pastures glimmer all around them.

“I’m cozy. And I’m having a really gut time,” Emma replied with a contented sigh. “Night rides are the prettiest, especially now that the wind has died down.”

“Jah, it’s a perfect evening,” Jerome replied softly. “I’ve been hoping for more time alone with you, well—since the day we went shopping, Emma.”

As she thought back to that day she’d spent trying to escape Jerome’s attentions, Emma let herself relax . . . allowed the breeze from the accelerating sleigh blow away her former objections to the handsome man who was driving it. The clip-clop of Sparky’s hooves on the snow-packed road settled her heartbeat into its rhythm while the warmth they shared beneath the quilts soothed her after a day of surprising guests and revelations. “Denki for giving me another chance, Jerome,” she murmured. “You were right at the wedding. I’ve missed out on a lot of opportunities to go out and have fun.”

Interview with Naomi King

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?

Criticism meets you at every turn when you’re a writer, even after you’re multi-published for years. For this interview, I’m going to discount the type of negative, irrelevant “reviews” you get on Amazon and other sales sites online. It’s been a whole new education, learning that there are people out there with nothing better to do than trash your books in public, most likely without reading them.

As far as legitimate criticism goes, my agent and editors have most often told me that my stories don’t deal with enough conflict. While I understand, mentally, that you don’t have much of a story without conflict, emotionally I really abhor conflict and confrontation. Like Abby Lambright in my Home at Cedar Creek series, I’m a peacemaker. So I have to make a real effort to build in enough conflict, especially between the hero and heroine, to keep my work salable.

I’ve also been told that I don’t follow the “rules” of the romance genre—and frankly, I don’t always consider that a bad thing! I’m not sure those same genre expectations are as strong for these Amish stories, where readers want so much more about the culture and characters’ day-to-day activities, but it’s still important to develop a mature, loving relationship between my heroes and heroines. Love is the greatest power in the world, and whether it’s God’s love or a couple’s love, I strive to create scenes and situations that show love overcoming difficulties in believable, uplifting ways. That sort of love transcends any “rules” the publishing industry can tell you to follow!

What is your favorite kind of food? Favorite thing to cook/bake?

Oh my, what’s not my favorite food?! About the only things I refuse to eat are sushi, okra, and Brussels sprouts. If we’re out for breakfast I like pancakes, because they’re always better than I make at home. In recent years AuthorPic (2)

I’ve taken to ordering more broiled fish and snazzy salads because the bread and pasta just aren’t doing me any favors. I’m short and I sit all day, and when the metabolism went south with the hormones several years ago, it got a lot harder to keep the weight off.

I also bake nearly 100 dozen Christmas cookies each fall/winter to share with family and friends. When we lived in Jefferson City, I donated more than 25 dozen of those cookies for the Christmas Eve services, but now that we’ve moved, I’ve cut back on how many I bake. I’m big on making muffins and homemade soups, too.

A couple of years ago when the doc got concerned about my blood pressure, though, I went on the EAT TO LIVE diet at her recommendation. Yup, I went vegan for about eight weeks. Dropped about 20 pounds, but the biggest thing I did for myself was get off the sugar, the Sweet-N-Low, and most processed foods.

Once I got out of that “sweetness” habit, I found it much easier to stay away from those cookies I love to bake (my husband, bless him, is not into bean cuisine or platefuls of salad and veggies) and to forego the bread. My cholesterol went down a lot, my blood pressure improved, and my doctor was ecstatic. I’ve added back things like yogurt and some fish and poultry, but I still eat a lot of vegetarian stuff except when we go on vacation. Even then, I’m not the party girl I used to be and I try to eat less. But you know…chocolate is a plant-based food! And dark chocolate has all those flavonoids that are so good for you. 😉


Drawing upon her experiences in Jamesport, the largest Old Order Amish community west of the Mississippi, longtime Missourian Naomi King writes of simpler times and a faith-based lifestyle in her Home at Cedar Creek/One Big Happy Family series. Like her series heroine, Abby Lambright, Naomi considers it her personal mission to be a listener—to heal broken hearts and wounded souls—and to share her hearth and home. Faith and family, farming and frugality are hallmarks of her lifestyle: like Abby, she made her wedding dress and the one her mom wore, too! She’s a deacon, a dedicated church musician and choir member, and when she’s not writing, Naomi loves to travel, try new recipes, crochet, and sew. Naomi, whose real name is Charlotte Hubbard, now lives in Minnesota with her husband and their border collie, Ramona.

One Big Happy Family, Book 2

NAL Trade (November 4, 2014)

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