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Ola Awonubi

Ola Awonubi loves to read, but throughout her life’s reading adventures noticed one thing was missing – stories of her Nigerian heritage. After 17 years of living there, the desire to share tales of the rich and vibrant complexities of Nigerian life burned brightly, and Naija Love Stories was born. “The book is the result of bringing the two cultures in my life together,” says author Ola Awonubi. Having been raised with an English foster family, but also having spent 17 years living in Nigeria, Ola discovered that although there are stark differences in the two cultures, the universal themes and emotions such of love, lust, jealousy, revenge, power and even murder, transcend any race, religion or distance. It is our human condition – no matter who we are, to be driven by raw and instinctual emotion.

Books by Ola Awonubi

naija love stories

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.

love's persuasion

Things are changing for the staff of Lagos firm City Finance, and not necessarily for the best. But for Ada Okafor, a bright, dedicated and beautiful trainee accountant, the only change worth noticing is the dashing, British-trained new assistant managing director Tony Okoli. Ambitious and determined, Ada ignores her feelings for Tony and focuses on juggling her work in accounts with completing her degree in business and finance. But their love of books draws them closer together and soon they fall passionately in love. They soon discover that the course of love does not run smooth and a host of obstacles - from Tony's disapproving family to jealous colleagues - litter their path. Their passion for each other is truly tested as they fight to persuade themselves and the world that love, in the end, trumps social status.

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