Against the Run of Play – exclusive excerpt

 

Against the Run of Play takes an intense look at Nigerian politics at a time when an entrenched political party was defeated in a presidential election after 16 unbroken years in power. This book offers the reader a narrative explanation and an unusual insight into the major human and institutional factors that led up to the defeat of President Goodluck Jonathan  in 2015.

Equally important is the author’s detailed recall of the major political developments that made the outcome inevitable while shaping the very expectations that brought President Buhari to power. Adeniyi enhances the credibility of his narrative through an extensive set of interviews with living key players in the drama he relates. The hindsight of these key players throws the events into bolder relief and illuminates the road ahead. Read an excerpt from the book below. 

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If there is one issue on which the former President has serious misgivings, it is in the conduct of the 2015 general election and the disposition of the then INEC National Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, whose neutrality Jonathan calls to question. “I was disappointed by Jega because I still cannot understand what was propelling him to act the way he did in the weeks preceding the election. As at the first week in February 2015 when about 40 percent of Nigerians had not collect­ed their PVCs, Jega said INEC was ready to go ahead with the election. How could INEC have been ready to conduct an election in which millions of people would be disenfranchised?”

According to Jonathan, even when he had a meeting with Jega to express his reservations about the preparedness of INEC, Jega was still adamant that they were ready and that the election would go ahead. “Of course the Americans were encouraging him to go ahead yet they would never do such thing in their own country. How could we have cynically disenfranchised about a third of our registered voters for no fault of theirs and still call that a credible election? The interesting thing was that the opposition also supported the idea of going on with an election that was bound to end in confusion.”

Jonathan, however, defended his government’s postponement of the election, maintaining that it was for security reasons. “When the military and security chiefs demanded for more time to deal with the insurgency, the reasons were genuine. As at February 2015, it would have been very difficult to vote in Gombe, Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States. But the moment all the arms and ammunition that had been ordered finally arrived, the military was able to use them to degrade the capacity of Boko Haram to the level in which they posed no threat to the election,” he explained.

On the huge sums of money allegedly taken by his National Se­curity Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.) in what has been dubbed in the media as the ‘Armsgate’ scandal, the former President demurred, saying he would not speak on it, since the matter was already before the court.

However, if there is anything that pains the former president, it is the way he says his wife and some officials of his administration are being treated by the Buhari administration. “I feel sad about the way my family is being hounded,” he lamented. “Society is like a building. You build it one block at a time. If every president decides to go in to dismantle what his predecessor did, society will never make progress. I expected President Buhari to correct whatever mistakes I may have made and then carry on from there. But a situation in which people go into exile for political reasons is not good for us.

According to Jonathan, Buhari had a good opportunity to instil a new order with the anti-corruption campaign that brought him to power and which resonated during the campaign. “His style of fight­ing corruption is different from mine and since most Nigerians appar­ently prefer his style, it is okay. There are steps you take that will help in retrieving ill-gotten wealth and punish offenders while restoring confidence in the system. But there are also things you can do to dam­age the system.”

Having shared with me his own concise review of what transpired at the election, Jonathan said he had seen enough to convince him that even if he had been declared winner, the bond of trust had been bro­ken between him and several people within his government. “I felt re­ally betrayed by the results coming from some northern states. Perhaps for ethnic purposes, even security agents colluded with the opposition to come up with spurious results against me. You saw the way the In­spector General of Police, a man I appointed, suddenly turned himself into the ADC to Buhari immediately after the election.”

The former president said he had projections before both the 2011 and 2015 presidential elections and he was sure of what would happen in each of the zones yet could still not fathom what happened in some states in 2015. “How could we have lost Ondo, Benue and Plateau States if our people were committed to the cause? If you ex­amine the results, you will see a pattern: in places where ordinarily we were strong, our supporters did not show enough commitment to mo­bilize the voters.” Jonathan expressed disappointment at some former allies, naming some names. “What happened was very sad not for me as a person, but for our democracy,” he admitted. “Take for instance, the PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu. I believe he joined in the conspiracy against me. For reasons best known to him, he helped to sabotage the election in favour of the opposition.”

 Against the Run of Play by Olusegun Adeniyi will be launched in Lagos tomorrow after which copies will be available in bookstores across the country. You can also place orders here

Ebook is currently available on okadabooks and Amazon.

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#DearIjeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions in stores now

From the best-selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, comes a powerful new statement about feminism today—written as a letter to a friend.

Dear Ijeawele contains fifteen invaluable suggestions–compelling, direct, wryly funny, and perceptive–for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman. From teaching a young girl to read widely and recognise the role of language in reinforcing unhealthy social norms; encouraging her to choose a helicopter, and not only a doll, as a toy if she so desires; having open conversations with her about appearance, identity, and sexuality; criticising cultural norms surrounding marriage; and debunking the myths that women are somehow biologically designed to be in the kitchen, and that men can “allow” women to have full careers, Dear Ijeawele goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century. It will start a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman today.

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Farafina Authors at Ake Festival 2016

In case you somehow missed it, the 2016 edition of Ake Festival will be taking place next week in Abeokuta, from Tuesday 15 November to Saturday 19 November 2016. Don’t miss a chance to meet our amazing lineup of authors at this year’s festival.

 

Jowhor Ile (And After Many Days) and Chinelo Okparanta (Under the Udala Trees)  – whose novels are fresh off the Farafina presses – will be at the festival. Tendai Huchu, whose novel, The Maestro, the Magistrate and the Mathematician, was published in 2015 by Kachifo Limited, will also be at the festival. Grab your very own copies of these books and get them signed!

Visit the Ake Festival website to view the programme of events, register and so on.

 

New Farafina Titles: ‘And After Many Days’ and ‘Under the Udala Trees’

Farafina is excited to announce the release of two spectacular new fiction titles, both debut novels: And After Many Days by Jowhor Ile and Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta.

In And After Many Days, one family’s life is disrupted by the sudden disappearance of seventeen-year-old Paul Utu, beloved brother and son. As they grapple with the sudden loss of their darling boy, they embark on a painful and moving journey of immense power which changes their lives forever and shatters the fragile ecosystem of their once ordered family. Ajie, the youngest sibling, is burdened with the guilt of having seen Paul last and convinced that his vanished brother was betrayed long ago. But his search for the truth uncovers hidden family secrets and reawakens old, long forgotten ghosts as rumours of police brutality, oil shortages and frenzied student protests serve as a backdrop to his pursuit.

 

Okparanta’s Under the Udala Trees tells the story of Ijeoma, who comes of age as her nation does; born before independence, she is eleven when civil war breaks out in the young republic of Nigeria. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced child and they, star-crossed, fall in love. They are from different ethnic communities. They are also both girls. When their love is discovered, Ijeoma learns that she will have to hide this part of herself. But there is a cost to living inside a lie.

Copies of And After Many Days and Under the Udala Trees are available in leading bookstores across the country. You can also buy copies from our Konga store, or call us on 0807 736 4217 to order.

‘The Maestro, the Magistrate and the Mathematician’ to launch in Edinburgh

Covers_03-03-15.cdrTendai Huchu is set to launch his new novel, The Maestro, the Magistrate and the Mathematician, in Edinburgh on October 30, 2015, as part of the Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair. Huchu’s outstanding novel is published in Nigeria by Kachifo Limited (under its Farafina imprint), and will be released in November 2015.

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Also, Jeanne-Marie Jackson will be interviewing Huchu (on The Good Book Appreciation Society’s Facebook page) on his novel, in which she describes the author as crafting ‘moments of real human poignancy […], but never veers into cheap valorization of either hope or despair.’ The interview is set for November 1, 2015, and you can find more information on it here.

Forthcoming titles from Kachifo Limited

We are excited to announce our delightfully diverse list of titles to be released in November 2015. From children’s fiction to poetry and literary fiction, Kachifo Limited is sure to have something for everyone.

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Afro: The Girl with the Magical Hair by Okechukwu Ofili
One special girl chooses to wear her hair natural, in a land where an evil Queen makes everyone wear their hair in straight weaves. When Afro is kidnapped for her hair’s magic, it is up to her to save herself and the kingdom, with a little help from a friend she makes along the way.

About the author
Okechukwu Ofili is an author, motivational speaker and engineer. His previous books include How Laziness Saved My Life and How Stupidity Saved My Life. Afro: The Girl with the Magical Hair is his first children’s book. It is published under Kachifo Limited’s Farafina Tuuti imprint.

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The Maestro, the Magistrate and the Mathematician by Tendai Huchu
Three very different men struggle with thoughts of belonging, loss, identity and love as they attempt to find a place for themselves in Britain. The Maestro, a depressed, quixotic character, sinks out of the real world into the fantastic world of literature. The Magistrate tries to create new memories and roots, fusing a wandering exploration of Edinburgh with music. The Mathematician, full of youth, follows a carefree, hedonistic lifestyle, until their three universes collide.

About the author
Tendai Huchu’s short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Manchester Review, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Gutter, AfroSF, Wasafiri, The Africa Report, Kwani? and numerous other publications. He was shortlisted for the 2014 Caine Prize for African Writing. The Maestro, the Magistrate and the Mathematician is his second novel.

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Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett
Furo Wariboko – born and bred in Lagos – wakes up on the morning of his job interview to discover he has turned into a white man. As he hits the city streets running, still reeling from his new-found condition, Furo is amazed to find the dead ends of his life wondrously open out before him. As a white man in Nigeria, the world is seemingly his oyster – except for one thing: despite his radical transformation, his ass remains robustly black . . .

About the author
A. Igoni Barrett is a winner of the 2005 BBC World Service short story competition, the recipient of a Chinua Achebe Centre Fellowship, a Norman Mailer Centre Fellowship, and a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Centre Residency. His short story collection, Love is Power, Or Something Like That, was published in 2013 by Kachifo Limited. Blackass is his first novel.

THE STRESS TEST_Mojisola Aboyade-Cole

The Stress Test by Mojisola Aboyade-Cole
It is revealed that Marine Compact Bank, run by the Johnsons, is not as healthy as it would seem. This results in a power tussle amongst the bank’s key players – Damelda Johnson, the matriarch of the Family-Johnson; Adam Okoya, a disgruntled member of staff; Damelda’s beloved stepson Felix, and Taramade Johnson, our heroine. When the dust settles, only one of them is left standing.

About the author
Mojisola Aboyade-Cole draws inspiration from her years in the banking industry. She is interested in the dynamic economic and social situations faced by females in the Nigerian financial industry. The Stress Test is her second novel. It is published under Kachifo Limited’s Farafina Breeze imprint.

It Wasn't Exactly Love

It Wasn’t Exactly Love by Farafina Trust Workshop Class 2012
It Wasn’t Exactly Love is a collection of short stories from the 2012 class of the annual Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop. The stories in this anthology cover a range of themes – marriage, sex and human relationships – with depth and honesty.

A Handful of Dust

A Handful of Dust by Farafina Trust Workshop Class 2013
A Handful of Dust speaks of the myriad struggles faced by contemporary Africans, with themes ranging from love and sexuality to the true meaning of home. A Handful of Dust is an anthology by the 2013 class of the annual Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop.

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For Broken Men Who Cross Often by Efe Paul Azino
This collection of poetry is a refreshing and brilliant bond of the written and the oral, as it invents aesthetic devices to connect the two mediums which have constantly generated wide debate: spoken word and poetry-on-the-page. The author, in his writing, resonates through his themes of advocacy, love, loss, identity and history, the need for a revisit of the inner self. This book is released along with a selection of audio performances, in a Farafina first: mixed-media publishing.

About the author
Efe Paul Azino is one of Nigeria’s leading performance poets. He has performed at many of Nigeria’s foremost performance poetry venues, including Ake Arts and Book Festival, British Council Lagos, Taruwa Festival of Performing Arts, The Future Awards, Bogobiri, Lagos Book and Arts Festival and several others. For Broken Men Who Cross Often is his first poetry collection, published under Kachifo Limited’s Farafina Kamsi imprint.

Thunder Protocol_Obari Gomba

Thunder Protocol by Obari Gomba
Thunder Protocol is a mid-career oeuvre of lively and impressive poems that examine issues ranging from the personal to the global. The diversity of themes in this poetry collection is both refreshing and startling, with language that is sometimes witty and inventive, and other times reflective and simple. Kachifo takes its first stab at the world of poetry with this and Efe Paul Azino’s For Broken Men Who Cross Often.

About the author
Obari Gomba teaches Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Port Harcourt. His poetry collection, Length of Eyes, was listed by the jury of the Nigeria Prize for Literature as one of the best eleven poetry books in 2013. Thunder Protocol is published under Kachifo Limited’s Farafina Kamsi imprint.

These titles will be available in major bookshops and from online retailers nationwide from October 2015.