An affair between 55-year-old widow Binta Zubairu and 25-year-old weed dealer Reza was bound to provoke condemnation in conservative Northern Nigeria. Brought together in unusual circumstances, Binta and Reza faced a need they could only satisfy in each other. Binta – previously reconciled with God – now yearns for intimacy after the sexual repression of her marriage, the pain of losing her first son and the privations of widowhood. Meanwhile, Reza’s heart lies empty and waiting to be filled due to the absence of a mother. The situation comes to a head when Binta’s wealthy son confronts Reza, with disastrous consequences. This story of love and longing - set against undercurrents of political violence - unfurls gently, revealing layers of emotion that defy age, class and religion.

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Season of Crimson Blos ...

06 Jun 2017
Oh wow…why? The first thing that got my attention as I settled in to read ‘A Season of Crimson Blossoms’ was author Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s courageous one-paragraph dive into what would be the central premise of this story. He minced no words ...

The East African

28 Dec 2016
IN SUMMARY Nigerian writer Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, in his book Seasons of Crimson Blossoms, tells the story of Hajiya Binta Zubairu, a 55-year-old widow in conservative northern Nigeria, who falls in love with a man in his 20s. Binta could easily be a ...

The Worm Hole

28 Dec 2016
Grandmother Hajiya Binta and drug dealer Reza meet when Reza breaks into Binta’s house. He steals her jewellery and threatens to kill her but there is a moment between them; he returns in peace. The two begin an affair that must be hidden – not o ...


28 Dec 2016
Dear Abubakar, I love this book. I hate it too. I feel all manner of healthy and unhealthy things about Seasons of Crimson Blossoms. I also know the smell of cockroaches because I grew up in a house that smelled of giant cockroaches, thanks to the in ...

28 Dec 2016
Season of Crimson Blossoms is unfortunately not a book that can be pinned to one theme when one reads it critically. It is even easy to dismiss the book by the meandering way in which the story takes its path. This book is one that will demand your p ...

28 Dec 2016
 Abubakar Adam Ibrahim is not an unknown name in the world of African literature. Some of his many accolades include being shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African writing, a BBC African performance prize winner, and the Amatu Braide Prize. His f ...

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Cassava Republic Press (Nigeria)





Literary Awards:

LNG Prize for Literature, Winner (2016)

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