New Awesome Book Alert: Ẹ̀fọ́ Rírò and Other Stories by Iquo Dianaabasi (Available For Pre-order).

From Parrésia Publishers—the publishers of T. J. Benson’s We Won’t Fade into Darkness, and Onyeka Nwelue’s The Beginning of Everything Colourful—comes this very beautiful book by one of Nigeria’s very notable poets and performers, Iquo Dianaabasi. Like you, we are hungry to hold Ẹ̀fọ́ Rírò and Other Stories in our hands and savor the richness of the stories in its pages.

So What’s This Awesome Book About?

A collection that is set primarily within Nigeria, the stories in Ẹ̀fọ́ Rírò and Other Stories cover varied social themes including spousal abuse, religious dogma, love, bravery, betrayal and vengeance. It speaks of the untamed resilience of the everyday Nigerian who is faced with the vicissitudes of life.

We meet Sixtus the driver whose love of a particular delicacy has him biting off more than he can chew, and we laugh to our heart’s delight. But all is not humorous in this collection. Anything can happen in the city of Lagos: a man disappears after a Champions League semi-final and we are drawn into his wife’s travails; light beams on paedophilia through the keen eyes of a gossip; we take a peek at what love and lust look like on the internet; then we head to Oguta where a ritual to revive a sick husband takes an unexpected turn. Despite the human tendency to betray and disappoint, we encounter stories that show how people tread life on a carpet of love and hope.

What You Should Know About the Author:

Iquo Dianaabasi is a Nigerian storyteller, performance poet and editor. She has performed on many stages and is the author of Symphony of Becoming, a collection of poems, which was shortlisted for the Nigeria Literature Prize, The Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature and Association of Nigerian Authors Poetry Prize. Her writing has been widely anthologized and published in online journals and print. Efo Riro and Other Stories is her first personal collection of stories. Iquo lives in Lagos, where she writes scripts for radio and works as an editor.



Ẹ̀fọ́ Rírò and Other Stories will be available in bookstores by Monday, January 20, 2020.  But, to be one of the first to own this nice collection, you can pre-order it online. Simply click to pre-order Efo Riro by Iquo Dianabasi Pre-orders started since Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

Pre-ordered copies will be personally signed by the author and will contain the buyers’ personalized messages


I’m off to pre-order my copy of Efo Riro. What about you?

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