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Okey Ndibe to start Nigerian book tour

Renowned Nigerian author, Okey Ndibe is set to begin a Nigerian book tour to promote his most recently published books, ‘Never Look an American in…

Renowned Nigerian author, Okey Ndibe is set to begin a Nigerian book tour to promote his most recently published books, ‘Never Look an American in the Eye’ and ‘Foreign Gods Inc.’

The tour, which would begin from July 9th to 29th would have Ndibe visiting a number of key Nigerian cities, such as Lagos, Ibadan, Awka, Enugu, Abuja and Port Harcourt, sharing his story and reading from both books.

He will be sharing his story, and reading from both books, published by Bookcraft Africa, as he tours Lagos, Ibadan, Awka, Enugu, Abuja and Port Harcourt. The itinerary for the tour is as follows:

‘Never Look an American in the Eye’, first published in the United States in 2016, is a memoir that tells of  Ndibe’s move from Nigeria to America, where he came to edit the African Commentary magazine. The book recounts stories of Ndibe’s relationships with Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, and other literary figures, and examines American stereotypes about Africa and Africans. 

‘Foreign Gods Inc.’, a novel, first published in the US in 2014, tells the story of Ike, a New York-based Nigerian cab driver who, driven by poverty and desperation, sets out to steal the statue of an ancient war deity from his home village to sell to a New York gallery. United States National Public Radio named it one of the best books of 2014.

Ndibe is a novelist, political columnist, and essayist. He moved to the US to become the founding editor of African Commentary, a US-based international magazine published by the renowned Chinua Achebe. He later served as an editorial writer for the Hartford Courant, and subsequently, as a fellow at the Black Mountain Institute in Nevada. For many years, his opinion pieces have been published by The New York Times, BBC Online, Al Jazeera, the Financial Times, and the Nigerian Daily Times, as well as Sahara Reporters.