Foreign Gods, Inc. (Digital Audiobook)

By Okey Ndibe, Dominic Hoffman (Narrator)

Publication Date: January 13, 2014

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (10/7/2014)
Hardcover (1/14/2014)
Compact Disc (1/14/2014)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (3/2/2014)
Compact Disc (1/14/2014)
MP3 CD (1/14/2014)


Foreign Gods, Inc. tells the story of Ike, a New York-based Nigerian cab driver who sets out to steal the statue of an ancient war deity from his home village and sell it to a New York gallery. Ike's plan is fueled by desperation. Despite a degree in economics from a major American college, his strong accent has barred him from the corporate world. Forced to eke out a living as a cab driver, he is unable to manage the emotional and material needs of a temperamental African American bride and a widowed mother demanding financial support. When he turns to gambling, his mounting losses compound his woes. And so he travels back to Nigeria to steal the statue, where he has to deal with old friends, family, and a mounting conflict between those in the village who worship the deity and those who practice Christianity. A meditation on the dreams, promises, and frustrations of the immigrant life in America; the nature and impact of religious conflicts; an examination of the ways in which modern culture creates or heightens infatuation with the "exotic," including the desire to own strange objects and hanker after ineffable illusions; and an exploration of the shifting nature of memory, Foreign Gods, Inc. is a brilliant work of fiction that illuminates our globally interconnected world like no other.

About the Author

Okey Ndibe,
author of the novel Arrows of Rain, teaches African literature and African diaspora literature at Brown University. He earned an MFA and PhD from the University of
Massachusetts–Amherst and has taught at Connecticut College, Bard College–Simon’s Rock, Trinity College (Connecticut), and the University of Lagos (as a Fulbright
scholar). He also served on the editorial board of the Hartford Courant, where his essays won
national and state awards. He lives in West Hartford, Connecticut, with his
wife Sheri and their three children.