ISBN 9789782601438
Pages 272
Dimensions 203 x 127 mm
Published 1996
Publisher Malthouse Press, Nigeria
Format Paperback

To My Husband from Iowa

by Chukwuemeka Ike

One of Nigeria's pre-eminent novelists, and active in book issues in Nigeria, the author tells this imaginary story in the feminine first person. It reflects the actual experiences of a Nigerian writer who participated in the International Writing Programme of the University of Iowa. The author uses Ify, the narrator, as an opportunity to experience America through the eyes of a Nigerian woman. Her experiences range from casual observations to serious socio-economic aspects of life - politics, religion, education, commerce, philosophy, and sexual relations. The intention is to show how developing countries can profit from western values, whilst not surrendering Africa's cultural lores and moral values.

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About the Author

Chukwuemeka Ike

IKE, (Vincent) Chukwuemeka (1931-), Nigerian novelist, was born in eastern Nigeria and educated at the University of Ibadan and at Stanford in the USA. As an educator, Ike has contributed to the intellectual and cultural development of Africa in important administrative positions at Nigerian universities and at UNESCO and as professor at the University of Jos. In 2008 he was awarded the Fonlon-Nichols Award at the African Literature Association meeting in Illinois. His novels include Toads for Supper (1965), which is set in a university and deals with love and the inherent problems that married couples from different ethnic backgrounds encounter; The Naked Gods (1970), also set in a university, which highlights the corrupt practices in the appointment of a new vice-chancellor at Songhai University; and Expo '77 (1980), in which secondary school students trying to gain admission to the university cheat in examinations. More recently, Our Children Are Coming (1990) deals with the problem of youth unrest and student revolt in colleges and universities in Nigeria: reacting to commissions of inquiry that exclude them, the students set up a counter investigation of their own. The Search (1991) is the story of the feverish patriotism of a detribalized intellectual, Ola, and his search for Nigerian unity. Ike's prose style encompasses dialogue, wit, and satire, which he employs to castigate corruption and the quest for inordinate power. The novels transcend historical, sociological, and political documentation and achieve comedy, tragedy, irony, and metaphor. He has also written How to Become a Published Writer (1991).

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