March 23, 2014 |
Every Day Is for the Thief Teju Cole Random House: 176 pp., $23 -- Imagine a patient, observant and precise writer like the late W.G. Sebald reborn as a Nigerian exile, returning to and then wandering about that country's teeming and chaotic capital, Lagos. That, in broad strokes, is the voice of the narrator of Teju Cole's fine novel, "Every Day Is for the Thief. " "The air in the strange environment of this city is dense with story, and it draws me into thinking of life as stories," Cole's unnamed narrator says halfway through the novel, as he becomes more deeply immersed in the disorder, the striving, the corruption and the inventiveness of Lagos and its people.
February 16, 1990 |
The Family by Buchi Emecheta. (George Braziller: $17.95; 240 pages) Among many other things, Salman Rushdie's "The Satanic Verses" painted a vivid, hallucinatory picture of Muslim East Indian communities in Great Britain. Buchi Emecheta's "The Family," a smaller and quieter work, provides a glimpse of another little-known society: that of the hundreds of thousands of Africans and West Indians who settled in London since World War II.
August 10, 1986 |
Veleda Andromeda Douglas, a soft-spoken nutrition major from Howard University in Washington, D.C., packed her bags this summer after graduation and headed to West Covina on a Greyhound bus with dreams of a medical career. Two days after her arrival, the 22-year-old honors student entered a nightmarish world of mistaken identity that kept her locked behind the bars of a Los Angeles County jail for one week. Grand theft charges were dismissed Aug.
April 6, 2012 |
KANO, Nigeria - In an attack that didn't happen - well, not officially - a police inspector and four of his officers were ambushed by Islamist militants last month in this northern Nigerian city. Two of them died, two crawled away and hid in a ditch, and the inspector, shot in the leg, called on his cellphone for help. It arrived eventually, but only after he had bled to death. Northern Nigeria is a region under siege. Boko Haram militants mount attacks almost daily and security forces retaliate in a scattershot way, often mowing down civilians.
March 12, 2010 |
Nearly 3,000 people have fled to a neighboring state since hundreds were slaughtered in several mostly Christian villages over the weekend, aid officials said Thursday. Residents have accused the Nigerian police and military of failing to provide adequate security to the villages in Plateau state, where attackers managed to violate a dusk-to-dawn curfew. Police said they had arrested about 200 people. On Thursday, thousands of women took to the streets, singing and waving branches, a traditional sign of protest.
September 11, 1988 |
Nigerians stand a 1-in-9 chance of being killed in road accidents, which claim 66 lives each day in Nigeria, according to a government report released last week.
September 29, 2002
It is surprising to me, a blended American, that the black community has not taken up this horrific story ("A Baby and an Outcry," Sept. 17) and run with it, worldwide, as an example of religious bigotry at its worst. It is shocking that black women are not demonstrating, boycotting at the Nigerian Embassy in Washington and other capitals around the world. Why not? What are you waiting for? If you think the nice men are going to have a change of heart [about stoning her to death] and grant her a reprieve, think again.
September 28, 2000 |
Glory Alozie is flying home to Nigeria today. There will be a casket on the plane, carrying the body of her fiance. "They wanted to send his body home when he was killed," said Mary Onyali, one of Alozie's teammates on the Nigerian track and field team. "But Glory said no. She said they had planned to fly home together and she was going to make sure they did." Alozie's fiance, Hyginus Anayo Anugo, finished sixth in the 400 meters in Nigeria's Olympic trials.
September 25, 2000 |
Eighteen days ago, Glory Alozie's fiance was killed when he was struck by a car in Sydney. Today an emotional but composed Alozie took her mark for the 100-meter hurdles and won her heat, advancing to the semifinals Wednesday. "I was focusing on my race, and just to run for the glory of God," said Alozie, one of Nigeria's best medal hopes after finishing second to Gail Devers at the world championships last year in Spain. Her fiance, Hyginus Anugo, was killed Sept.