ISBN 9789788422495
ePub ISBN 9789788422785
Pages 278
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Published 2012
Publisher Malthouse Press, Nigeria
Formats Paperback, eBook

Stars of the Long Night

by Tanure Ojaide

Set in the Niger Delta this novel tells the tale of a women's struggle for equality in a traditional patriachal society. Against the backdrop of a once-in-a-generation festival at which the one chosen by the gods performs the dance of "the mother mask", Ojaide weaves a tale of suspense while at the same time displaying the traditions and religious beliefs that define the area.

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"... the master craftsman at work, effortlessly displaying before us the rich tapestry of the customs, the traditions and the religious beliefs that define the Niger Delta."

Professor Steve Ogude, Niger Delta University, Amassoma, Bayelsa State, Nigeria

"In this new novel Tanure Ojaide further solidifies his reputation as novelist. Here is a mythical tale, emblematic of women's successful struggle for equality in a traditional patriarchal society."

Prof. Odun Balogun, Delaware State University, Dover, DE, USA

About the Author

Tanure Ojaide

A renowned poet, Tanure Ojaide has won major national and international poetry awards, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for the Africa Region (1987), the BBC Arts and Africa Poetry Award (1988), twice the All-Africa Okigbo Prize for Poetry (1988 and 1997), and thrice the Association of Nigerian Authors' Poetry Prize (1988, 1994 and 2004. In 2016 Ojaide was awarded the the prestigious Fonlon-Nichols Award at the 42nd annual African Literature Association (ALA) conference in Atlanta.

For Tanure Ojaide, "the creative writer is never an airplant, but someone who is grounded in some specific place. It is difficult to talk of many writers without their identification with place. Every writer's roots are very important in understanding his or her work." He has read from his poetry in different fora in Africa, Britain, Canada, Israel, Mexico, The Netherlands, and the United States. Some of his poems have been translated into Chinese, Dutch, Spanish and French. He is currently the Frank Porter Graham Professor of Africana Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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