'Never cover an assignment without collecting a brown envelope,' Boniface had said. 'It is a real life saver for all journalists in this country.' Ifiok, a young journalist working for the government radio station in Lagos, aspires to always do the right thing but the odds seem to be stacked against him. The government cuts the funding to his weekly radio drama, he stumbles into an affair with a beautiful young intern causing his long-term love to leave him, and kidnappings and militancy are on the rise in the country. When Ifiok travels to his hometown to make a documentary about a band of ex-militants he is forced to confront the ugly truth about the future of his beloved country and his existence within it. Radio Sunrise is a hilarious yet sobering satirical portrait of Nigeria that fully deserves a place amongst the great works of 'post-post-colonial' African literature.

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Sugar Quills

25 Feb 2017
5.0
"The story doesn’t follow a discernible plot, but this is more of a stylistic choice than poor writing. There are a handful of small climax scenes that stop the story becoming mundane." ...
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Everybody's Reviewing<

05 Apr 2017
8.0
"This is a witty, sardonic book, that looks at the failings of human nature with a kindly heart. But it is still an incisive piece of satire." ...
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Tunrayo's Thoughts

15 Jan 2017
8.0
"Anietie writes in a way that talks about society in a funny way but questions important parts of society. But, it also made me think a lot about the government, journalism and what it’s like being a young man in Nigeria facing societal pressure." ...
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St. George Library Blo

08 May 2017
9.0
"Disappointments feature strongly in Ifiok’s story but Isong’s writing makes it colourful and humorous. It provided a window in to a world that is so different to anything I know from my life in London that the term ‘small world’ should be sc ...

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SIMILAR Books

Published:

January 19, 2017

Publisher:

Jacaranda Books

ISBN:

978-1-909-76237-4

Language:

English

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