Joseph Omotayo

Critic

Nigeria

Omotayo Joseph is a blogger and reviewer at Afridiaspora

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky

Date: 01 Aug 2017 Category: Books
6.0 Rating
This collection of short stories does not meet my expectation and I will say why. Some of the best short stories in this collection had already been published online, some were shortlisted for and won coveted prizes. What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky and Who Will Greet You At Home were shortlisted for the 2016 and 2017 Caine Prize for African Writing. They were stories with great promise which we thought would win, but the Caine Prize f ...

The Sound of Things to Come

Date: 15 Oct 2016 Category: Books
8.0 Rating
The Sound of Things to Come is daringly experimental. It’s unlike your normal novel. This is an unusual novel that partly reads like a collection of short stories. Emmanuel Iduma uses this book to blur rigid classification of literature. I think this book should not be classified as a novel, a collection or as whatever. Let’s just take it as what it is – a book of literature you may find interesting. Not everyone will find this book interes ...

We Are All Blue

Date: 15 Jan 2016 Category: Books
8.0 Rating
We Are All Blue is an artful compression of Botswanan history. Almost everything you need to know about that country is in it. How Donald Molosi manages to compress these things marvels me. We Are All Blue is a collection of two plays: Blue, Black and White and Motswana: Africa, Dream Again. The first play is based on Botswanan formative realities. It is also about the love story of Sir Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams K ...

Indigo

Date: 11 Jul 2013 Category: Books
8.0 Rating
By now, you should know I delight much in the short story genre, more so when it is a collection or an anthology. I already said that many times. Here and here are just few of the times. It is therefore with a certain glee that I approach every short story. So, when the writer fails, I scream, frown and sulk loudly. When a book is good, you say it. When it is otherwise, don’t cower and make many ruin money on boring sentences limping on gummed ...

The Whispering Trees

Date: 19 Dec 2012 Category: Books
8.0 Rating
Just when you feel not to go along reading some stories, Abubakar remedies the pain with enchanting aftertastes. Abubakar is that good at giving any story a creative end. He darns loopholes with stylish climaxes. The Whispering Trees is a collection of 12 short stories; chic and thoughts ruffling. I love collections of short stories. In them, there are wittiness, delights and numerous escapes that prevent you from being stuck with drab stories. T ...