January 17, 2014
Nigerian writer Okey Ndibe’s new novel, Foreign Gods, Inc., follows a man from New York to Nigeria where he is bent on stealing a religious artifact. Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, author of Wizard of the Crow, says, “Foreign Gods, Inc. reads like the narrative of a taxi-driving Faust in modern Nigeria and America. . . . it teems with characters and situations that make you laugh in order not to cry. ” Originally invited to the US by Chinua Achebe, Ndibe was one of the founders of the acclaimed magazine African Commentary. Ndibe teaches African and African Diaspora literatures at Brown University.