|Naija Love Stories is a collection of 12 tales exploring the complex and intoxicating emotions that all humans encounter in their lifetime. We all choose to love, and prioritise the thing we love differently in our lives – our family, possession, money and even power – but to what end?
Set against the background of a rich and vibrant Nigerian culture, this superb book will take you on a journey through the lives of characters all grappling with the different concepts of what it means to love and be loved.
An already experienced and published author, Ola Awonubi studied for an MA in Creative Writing and Imaginative Practice at the University of East London and in 2008 her short story The Pink House won first prize in the National Words of Colour Competition. Another tale - The Go -Slow Journey followed this, winning the first prize in the Wasafiri New Writing Award 2009. Some of her short stories feature on blogs and journals and anthologies such as AfricanWriting.com, Story Time, The Ake Review, TheSiren.co.uk, The Woven Tale Press and more recently Brittle Paper.
A gifted writer Ola’s unique style and ability to play with language allow her to deftly capture the many faces of love that any reader will instantly recognise, anywhere in the world. Combined with the author challenging conceptions of an often misunderstood culture, Ola transports the reader creating a fantastic sense of place. Tapping into her first-hand experience and memories of the smells, sights and language intricacies of Nigeria, fondly known by Nigerians as 'Naija, Ola showcases its colourful, humorous and fiercely passionate people with pride.
Released on the 23rd October 2018, Naija Love Stories lets its reader explore the powerful range of human emotions we all encounter through 12 gripping, heart wrenching and thought-provoking short stories. A must read for any literary lover looking for a new and evocative look at the primal emotion of love, and the depths and lengths that we’d go to protect the things we love the most.