Award-winning author A. Igoni Barrett's Love Is Power, or Something Like That
is without a doubt, a very original, surprising and captivating collection of short stories.
Born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, in 1979, Barrett draws an enlightened portrait of the current reality of his country. The stories offer an unprejudiced view close to the street, and include references to contemporary elements such as cell phones, the Internet and modern music.
The essence of the book is folded as in a Chinese fan in the bold and suggestive title: Love Is Power
and more precisely within the second part, Or Something Like That
. Traveling with the characters through adventures and mishaps, the reader soon realizes that these are not conventional love stories and that nobody really knows what love is.
This is apparent because of...
Beyond the Book
Lagos' Bus Rapid Transit system (BRT) provides the backdrop to "My Smelling Mouth Problem", one of the stories in Igoni Barrett's collection Love is Power, or Something Like That
In the past decade, the population of Nigeria has grown from around 100 million to about 180 million. If this growth continues, Nigeria will be home to around 300 million people in 2040 - all living in a space roughly double the size of California. The coastal city of Lagos is not only Nigeria's largest port, it is also the country's economic and financial hub, with a population of over 8 million and growing.
Fast population growth, combined with a lack of planning and management, left Lagos with an unreliable public transportation system far too small to cope with demand -...