JOLLOF RICE AND OTHER REVOLUTIONS, a novel of interlocking stories.

: Ogunyemi (O.)

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238pp., paperback, London, 2022


Also published in the USA in 2022.

Four girls at an affluent Nigerian boarding school are involved in a riot that will alter their lives forever.

"In this original novel in interlocking stories, Ogunyemi writes powerfully and compellingly of relationships, both romantic and non-romantic. Set between 1897 and 2050, the stories move across countries - Nigeria, Poland, and the United States. Whether set in the past, the present, or the future, Ogunyemi's characters are recognizably human, and their struggles and desires explored in incisive, delightful prose. Ogunyemi is a natural story-teller." Chika Unigwe, author of Better Never Than Late

"In her debut collection of interwoven stories, Lola Ogunyemi has reinvented the classic narrative of diaspora. She reaches into Nigeria’s past and far into the speculative future, travels from Africa, to Poland, to America, drawing together an unforgettable group of characters whose shared struggles and triumphs are delivered with profound feeling, inspired insight, and careful humor. Each story is unique in tone and structure, but together they crystallize into a remarkable and important vision of heritage, culture, and an indelible sense of home." Ivy Pochoda, author of These Women and Wonder Valley

Omolola Ijeoma Ogunyemi was born and raised in Ibadan, Nigeria, and lives in Los Angeles. She is Professor of Preventive and Social Medicine at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in South Los Angeles.