Ike's plan is fueled by desperation. Despite a degree in economics from a major American college, his strong accent has barred him from the corporate world. Forced to eke out a living as a cab driver, he is unable to manage the emotional and material needs of a temperamental African American bride and a widowed mother demanding financial support. When he turns to gambling, his mounting losses compound his woes. And so he travels back to Nigeria to steal the statue, where he has to deal with old friends, family, and a mounting conflict between those in the village who worship the deity, and those who practice Christianity. A meditation on the dreams, promises and frustrations of the immigrant life in America; the nature and impact of religious conflicts; an examination of the ways in which modern culture creates or heightens infatuation with the "exotic," including the desire to own strange objects and hanker after ineffable illusions; and an exploration of the shifting nature of memory, Foreign Gods is a brilliant work of fiction that illuminates our globally interconnected world like no other.

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Critical Consensus: Generally favorable.

New York Times

24 Mar 2017
Okey Ndibe’s razor-sharp “Foreign Gods, Inc.” steps into the story of a Nigerian-born New Yorker called Ike, just as everything in his life has begun to go horribly wrong. The only thing worse than Ike’s present situation is the plan he makes ...

The Guardian

24 Mar 2017
There is a section in Wole Soyinka’s memoir, You Must Set Forth at Dawn, in which he instigates an audacious plot to steal back “Ori Olokun”, the bronze head of the sea god Olokun, a lost Yoruba archaeological treasure believed to b ...

Sahara Reporters

24 Mar 2017
In turns satirical, risqué, sometimes breathtaking and at all times captivating, Okey Ndibe’s second novel titled Foreign Gods, Inc. is a great story that traces the vicissitudes and vagaries of life as they apply to Ike Uzondu, a highly educa ...

Paste Magazine

24 Mar 2017
Getting my Green Card was a total slam-dunk. Compared, I mean, to the struggles of Ikechukwu Uzondu (“Ike for short”), the unfortunate protagonist of Nigerian writer Okey Ndibe’s brilliant new novel. Let’s start with my own rather tame story: ...

New York Journal of Bo

24 Mar 2017
“Ndibe is a writer’s writer, and this book is a lesson in the art of the novel.” Foreign Gods, Inc., the second novel by Nigerian author Okey Ndibe, is a gem of a book. It’s the tale of an ordinary man with a far-fetched plan to strike it ric ...


24 Mar 2017
There is a particularly farcical, definitely quixotic misadventure that Professor Wole Soyinka narrates in his memoir, You Must Set Forth at Dawn. In the late seventies, convinced that the Ori Olokun, a bronze artifact needed to be rescued from Brazi ...

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