After an unexpected encounter with the Chief, Chike and his companions must make a choice. Ahmed Bakare, editor of the failing Nigerian Journal, is desperate for information. But perhaps the situation is more complex than it appears. As moving as it is mesmerising, Welcome to Lagos is a novel about the power of our dreams for the future and the place of morality in a sometimes hostile world.

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Brittle Paper

20 Feb 2017
7.0
For almost two-thirds of Chibundu Onuzo’s new book, one searches in vain to find the source of the title, Welcome to Lagos (Faber & Faber, 2016). Was it ironically chosen to direct the reader on some chase of relevant nuggets of the city’s pe ...
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Fourth & Sycamore

09 Feb 2017
8.0
Welcome to Lagos begins with soldier Chike deserting the Nigerian army, along with Yemi, a somewhat less authoritative soldier, having found himself disagreeing too strongly with the methods of his commanders. Setting out for Lagos, their numbers gro ...
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Homeland Reviews

06 Feb 2017
5.0
Welcome to Lagos brings together characters that would normally have nothing to do with each other and breathes life into their relationship. It follows a couple of soldiers gone AWOL, an ex-militant with a fake American accent, a runaway (battered) ...
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Hong Kong Review of Bo

25 Jan 2017
7.0
There are two events that readers are required to know in order to fully appreciate Onuzo’s new novel. First, the 1999 violent encounter between Nigerian soldiers and militants in Odi (a small village in the oil-rich Delta) which resulted in the de ...
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jolanaibi.com

19 Jan 2017
9.0
Chibundu Onuzo’s Welcome to Lagos, has kept me company for the last few days and what a massively enjoyable read it was. In this masterfully-told tale, with amazing precision to detail, we are introduced to a cast of unforgettable characters. Chike ...
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The Guardian

18 Jan 2017
7.0
The Lagos novel has become a genre in itself, with an outstanding list of practitioners: Chinua Achebe, Cyprian Ekwensi, Wole Soyinka, Sefi Atta, Ben Okri, Teju Cole … It is almost a rite of passage for Nigerian authors, for Lagos is Nigeria in ...

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Published:

January 5, 2017

Publisher:

Faber & Faber

ISBN:

978-0-571-26894-8

Language:

English

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