Welcome to Lagos (Paperback)

By Chibundu Onuzo

Faber & Faber, 9780571268955, 368pp.

Publication Date: August 3, 2017

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (5/1/2018)
Paperback (5/14/2019)
Compact Disc (6/12/2018)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (9/12/2018)

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May 2018 Indie Next List

“A disparate and electric ensemble cast - sad, hopeful, honorable, conniving, quixotic, and just plain wacky - drive Chibundu Onuzo's remarkable debut, but it's the character of Nigeria itself - the air and soil of its countryside and the high-voltage freneticism of its largest city - that so often shines through, undeniably alive. Equally madcap, heartbreaking, and redemptive, Welcome to Lagos unflinchingly and beautifully captures the ambitions and contradictions of a nation on the brink.”
— Sam Kaas, Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, WA
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Summer 2019 Reading Group Indie Next List

Welcome to Lagos dips its toes into many pools: it kicks off in a warzone, roams the bewildering tangle of Lagos, and incorporates elements of crime fiction, cultural reportage, and even buddy-film camaraderie. The author pulls it all off with deft humor and sharp observations, bringing one of the world’s great conurbations into focus.”
— Ryan Murphy, Three Lives & Co., New York, NY
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Description

Shortlisted for the RSL Encore Award 2018 Five runaways ride the bus from Bayelsa to a better life in a megacity. They are unlikely allies -- a private, a housewife, an officer, a militant and a young girl. They share a need for escape and a dream for the future. Soon, they will also share a burden none of them expected, but for now, the five sit quietly with their hopes, as the billboards fly past and shout: Welcome to Lagos.