Friday, January 16, 2009


Onyeka Nwelue's 'The Abyssinian Boy' is now available through, at Terra Kulture, Tiamiyu Savage Str, VI and at 1st Flr, 95 Bode Thomas Street, Surulere, Lagos. The Abyssinian Boy will be launched on Saturday 24th January 2009 at the National Library opposite Casino Cinema, Alagomeji, Lagos from 12noon. Jumoke Verissimo will read from 'I am Memory' and Crown Troupe of Africa will perform at the event. Toyin Akinosho, Publisher Africa Oil & Gas Report and CNN awardee will be Guest Speaker / Reviewer. Don't come alone, bring a friend, and better still, bring your cheque book and claim a few copies to take away...

Onyeka Nwelue was born in Nigeria in 1988. After graduating from High School at 17, he travelled to South Asia, particularly to India, where he wrote the first draft of his novel in three months. He has been published in the Guardian, The Sun, Eclectica, Nigeria Village Square, Kafla InterContinental and Wild Goose Poetry Review. He has received a grant from the Institute for Research on African Women, Children and Culture (IRAWCC) and is currently working on his second novel.
Set in India and Nigeria (and scattered locations of the world), The Abyssinian Boy is about a family whose nine year-old child gets haunted by an albino dwarf ghost.

Blurbs for 'The Abyssinian Boy'

"Unique style... very interesting imagery"
-Clare Dudman, author of Edge of Danger and Wegener's Jigsaw

" A young writer with immense imagination and vision... an authentic narrative that will grip the reader. He has not only dared to dream, but also focused inexorably on the complexities of modern family and its history in an uncompromising, fast changing world"
- Uche Peter Umez, author of Sam and the Wallet

"Onyeka has written an ambitious novel which blurs not only geographical lines but other lines too. It reminds us (or ought to) that what unites us, our humanity, is much more than those that seek to divide us"
-Chika Unigwe, author of The Phoenix

"The Abyssinian Boy not only treats a universal theme; even the characterisation of the novel is universal. Excellent!"
-Lanre Ari'Ajia, author of Women at Crossroads

"Onyeka Nwelue is an interesting new voice. For one so young, he shows rare insights into the lives and sensibilities of people faced with racial intergration; a concern as relevant today as ever before"
- Jude Dibia, author of Walking with Shadows and Unbridled

The characters in Mr. Nwelue’s delightful world move between concepts and continents with a gentle humor, compassion and sensibility that will readily appeal to all citizens of the global village at large.
- Arun Krishnan, Author, The Loudest Firecracker