Okey Ndibe

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 4:30 pm
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Acclaimed Nigerian American author Okey Ndibe speaks and reads from his latest novel, Foreign Gods, Inc. (Soho Press). He will also sign copies of the book. Ndibe teaches African and African diaspora literatures at Brown University. He earned his Master of Fine Arts and Ph.D. from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has taught at Connecticut College, Bard College, Trinity College and University of Lagos (as a Fulbright scholar). He is also the author of Arrows of Rain and has served on the editorial board of Hartford Courant, where his essays won national and state awards. Free.
Humanities Building, The Poetry Center
Departments of English Language and Literature, Creative Writing, Africana Studies, The Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives
The Poetry Center
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Foreign Gods, Inc. tells the story of Ike, a New York-based Nigerian cab driver who sets out to steal the statue of an ancient war deity from his home village and sell it to a New York gallery. Booklist writes: “A heist story like no other .... Ndibe unfurls his rich narrative gradually, allowing room for plenty of character interaction while painting a revealing portrait of contemporary Nigeria. With piercing psychological insight and biting commentary on the challenges faced by immigrants, the novel is as full-blooded and fierce as the war deity who drives the story.”