by Isi Esene
Sefi Atta will launch the Nigerian edition of her latest novel, ‘A Bit of Difference’ at the Glendora Bookshop, Ikeja City Mall, on December 29 at 1pm.
A Bit of Difference, Atta’s third novel has been hailed as “an immensely absorbing book,” by Chika Unigwe, winner of the Nigerian Prize for Literature 2012.
The novel tells the story of thirty-nine year old Deola Bello, a Nigerian expatriate in London who is dissatisfied with being single and working overseas where she works as a financial reviewer for an international charity.
When her job takes her back to Nigeria in time for her father’s five-year memorial service, she finds herself turning her scrutiny inward. In Nigeria, Deola encounters changes in her family and in the urban landscape of her home, and new acquaintances who offer unexpected possibilities.
Deola’s journey is as much about evading others’ expectations to get to the heart of her frustration as it is about exposing the differences between foreign images of Africa and the realities of contemporary Nigerian life.
With Sefi Atta’s characteristic boldness and vision, A Bit of Difference limns the complexities of our contemporary world. This is a novel not to be missed!
Sefi Atta is the author of the critically acclaimed and award winning book, Everything Good Will Come, News from Home and Swallow. She has been awarded the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa (2006) and NOMA Award for Publishing in Africa (2009). Her plays have also been performed internationally on stage and radio.