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Cheeky Native Reviews: Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta - HOLAAfrica!

Cheeky Native Reviews: Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta

In Chinelo Okparanta’s new novel Under the Udala Trees, a chance meeting between Ijeoma, a Christian Igbo, and Amina, a Muslim Hausa, begins a friendship that turns quickly to passion. “This was the beginning,” Okparanta writes. “Our bodies being touched by the fire that was each other’s flesh …” – Guardian review

The review also says, ‘Okparanta delivers a gripping novel about a young gay woman’s coming of age in Nigeria during the Nigerian civil war.’ In this podcast the Cheeky Natives chat about this awesome novel.

So many books, so little time.” ― Frank Zappa We have read so many books and have had lengthy conversations about the books that we read. A good book, like a great meal hasn’t been done justice until it’s been throughly savoured, every page consumed and digested. And like a great meal,whose taste is amplified by sharing we thought it would be a great idea to start this podcast and share our literary journey with you. As self proclaimed bibliophiles, our podcast will primarily focus on reviewing books interspersed with podcast or posts about poetry performance or plays or other performance we have seen. And of course since reading is a portal to ourselves in the present, those past and whom we hope to be.

We will be sharing many of our own beliefs and options about these books.

Lynne Pann said ‘books allowed my imagination to take flight and it hasn’t landed yet’
We hope you’ll enjoy taking flight with us.
To literary infinity and beyond

For litertature things check out this post on queer women literature you should check out and a review of Queer Africa II. And this piece where you can read about and download the Inward Gaze: and anthology of queer art.  

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