Posted by News Express | 16 February 2023 | 1,416 times
Lola Akande of the Department of English, University of Lagos releases a new novel: The Truth about Sadia
The Truth about Sadia explores how the use of alcohol and hard drugs can lead to the development of mental illness. It recounts the life from childhood to middle-age of a beautiful, talented Nigerian woman, Sadia Onaolapo Oyelowo who must endure tragedy to realise the person she is: strong, resourceful and, above all, a survivor. Her husband, Mofeoluwa Ayowumi Bolarinwa is not of sound mind and is inclined to go off the rails in fits of abnormal and strange behaviours following alcohol and drug binges, for which he is hospitalised at a psychiatric hospital. Each time he is treated and gets better, he returns to the use of the drugs which in turn triggers a relapse. Inevitably, and despite Sadia’s best efforts, the marriage breaks down and she is forced to raise their only child as a single mother in Lagos surviving on a teacher’s salary.
The Truth about Sadia is a rich, multi-layered novel that does not shy away from delving into the seamier sides of modern Nigerian life in a Lagos rife with contradictions and, above all, the energy for which the city is famous. Indeed, the city is as much a presence in the novel as the characters especially the two main characters who must reconcile their separate destinies against the city's contradictions.
This is a novel for our times, warts and all. It will appeal to students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, teachers and the general public.
Lola Akande is an accomplished fiction writer and academic. She is presently a senior lecturer in the Department of English, Faculty of Arts, University of Lagos where she teaches African literature. She earned her doctorate in English with specialisation in Prose Fiction/African Literature from the University of Ibadan. Akande has worked in various capacities as a teacher, journalist, public servant, development worker, and public relations consultant. She has published three novels including In Our Place (Macmillan (Nigeria) Publishers, 2012), What It Takes (Kraft Books, 2016) which won the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Prize for Prose Fiction in 2017, and Where Are You From? (Kraft Books, 2018). Her collection of short stories, Suitors Are Scarce in Lagos won the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Prize for Short Stories, 2022. Her books are available on Amazon at http://amazon.com/author/lolaakande
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