Sunday, July 02, 2006

new book: children of a retired god

Published this month and available to order on Amazon is a new book of essays, Children of a Retired God, by Rudolf Okonkwo.

The publishers, Iroko Productions, describe the book as "an observation of [the] life of black people across the globe." Author Okonkwo uses contemporary stories of Nigeria, Africa and the Black World as published in his prolific newspaper columns to illustrate and consider the question: Are We Worshipping a Retired God?

"It is a tragicomic observation of the Black life at home and in the Diaspora by an African exile," the publishers said. "Okonkwo succeeded in bringing to life the story behind the news in a succinct and funny way that demystify the often beleaguering stories emerging from Africa and the rest of the Black World."

Rudolf Ogoo Okonkwo hails from Nnobi in Anambra State, Nigeria. He writes from the perspective of an exile who has lived in Europe and now America - for some 20 years. A syndicated newspaper columnist, he also writes fiction and is working on a Nollywood movie. Okonkwo is also the founder of the Olaudah Equiano Prize for Fiction. He lives with his family in Bay Shore, New York.

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