Chibundu Onuzo

Welcome to Lagos

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"Storylines and twists abound. But action is secondary to atmosphere: Onuzo excels at evoking a stratified city, where society weddings feature 'ice sculptures as cold as the unmarried belles' and thugs write tidy receipts for kickbacks extorted from homeless travelers." --The New Yorker

When army officer Chike Ameobi is ordered to kill innocent civilians, he knows it is time to desert his post. As he travels toward Lagos with Yemi, his junior officer, and into the heart of a political scandal involving Nigeria's education minister, Chike becomes the leader of a new platoon, a band of runaways who share his desire for a different kind of life. Among them is Fineboy, a fighter with a rebel group, desperate to pursue his dream of becoming a radio DJ; Isoken, a 16-year-old girl whose father is thought to have been killed by rebels; and the beautiful Oma, escaping a wealthy, abusive husband.

Full of humor and heart, Welcome to Lagos is a high-spirited novel about aspirations and escape, innocence and corruption. It offers a provocative portrait of contemporary Nigeria that marks the arrival in the United States of an extraordinary young writer.


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Chibundu Onuzo
Welcome to Lagos
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Onuzo did a brilliant ...

Onuzo did a brilliant job taking the reader to Lagos. She journeys through a culture far removed from my own, yet captivates me. The characters reflect so much in humanity, the good and the bad. I came into this book with no expectations and hope you do the same. Although Onuza whirls her story on corruption and incompetence of the government, it is merely a backdrop to five unlikely friends trying to start new in Lagos.

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Im not sure what the ...

I'm not sure what the deal was with this one for me. I was given this book in audio format for Early Reviewers, and I usually LOVE audio formats of books, nonfiction or fiction, doesn't matter. But there was something about this book that I just couldn't get into and I really struggled to finish it. I think the narrator did a really good job, so I don't think that was the issue necessarily. I think some of it was that in listening to CDs, I couldn't speed up the audio and was stuck with the slower pace. I think the other aspect of the book was that it felt like there just wasn't a lot going on - there wasn't one singular moment that gripped me and had me hooked. I do wonder if I had had this book in physical paper if that would change my opinion on it. I didn't dislike it, but I definitely didn't love it either.

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