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Okey Ndibe


Okey Ndibe

Okey Ndibe teaches fiction and African literature at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. He is the author of the novel, ARROWS OF RAIN, which has drawn praise from numerous critics and authors, including Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, John Edgar Wideman, Michael Thelwell, and Niyi Osundare. U.K-based New Internationalist magazine described ARROWS OF RAIN as “a powerful and gritty debut.” The magazine also spotlighted Arrows in its October 2001 special edition on “New Fiction from the South.” Ndibe also co-edited (with Chenjerai Hove) a book titled WRITERS, Writing on Conflicts and Wars in Africa.

Okey Ndibe

Books by Okey Ndibe

by Okey Ndibe - Memoir, Nonfiction

Okey Ndibe’s memoir tells of his move from Nigeria to America, where he came to edit the influential --- but forever teetering on the verge of insolvency --- African Commentary magazine. It recounts stories of Ndibe’s relationships with Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka and other literary figures; examines the differences between Nigerian and American etiquette and politics; recalls an incident of racial profiling just 13 days after he arrived in the US, in which he was mistaken for a bank robber; considers American stereotypes about Africa (and vice-versa); and juxtaposes African folk tales with Wall Street trickery.

by Okey Ndibe - Fiction, Literary Fiction

A young woman runs into the sea and drowns. The last man who spoke to her, the curious individual known as Bukuru, is asked to account for the suicide. His shocking revelations land him in court. Alone and undefended, Bukuru has to calculate the cost of silence in the face of stories which must be told. Both humorous and poignant, ARROWS OF RAIN dramatises the relationship between an individual and the modern African state. 

by Okey Ndibe - African American Interest, Fiction, Literary

FOREIGN GODS INC tells the story of Ike, a New York-based Nigerian cab driver who sets out to steal the statue of an ancient war deity from his village and sell it to a New York gallery.  Ike's plan is fueled by desperation. Despite a degree in economics, his strong accent has barred him from the corporate world. So he travels back to Nigeria to steal the statue, where he has to deal with old friends, family, and a mounting conflict between those in the village