Welcome to Lagos by Chibundu Onuzo Online

Welcome to Lagos
Title : Welcome to Lagos
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ISBN : 9780571268948
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 368

Deep in the Niger Delta, officer Chike Ameobi deserts the army and sets out on the road to Lagos. He is soon joined by a wayward private, a naive militant, a vulnerable young woman and a runaway middle-class wife. The shared goals of this unlikely group: freedom and new life.As they strive to find their places in the city, they become embroiled in a political scandal. AhmeDeep in the Niger Delta, officer Chike Ameobi deserts the army and sets out on the road to Lagos. He is soon joined by a wayward private, a naive militant, a vulnerable young woman and a runaway middle-class wife. The shared goals of this unlikely group: freedom and new life.As they strive to find their places in the city, they become embroiled in a political scandal. Ahmed Bakare, editor of the failing Nigerian Journal, is determined to report the truth. Yet government minister Chief Sandayo will do anything to maintain his position. Trapped between the two, they are forced to make a life-changing decision.Full of shimmering detail, Welcome to Lagos is a stunning portrayal of an extraordinary city, and of seven lives that intersect in a breathless story of courage and survival.


Welcome to Lagos Reviews

  • Alice Lippart

    Starts off wonderfully, but falters towards the end. Very interesting comments on politics, history and current events though, and worth the read.

  • Shawn Mooney

    Darn, this started out so good – the writing rivaled Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s for the longest time, and the story was so compelling – but by the halfway mark the plot had taken an unbearably hokey turn, while the prose had lost much of its nuance and freshness before that. I could not continue. I would certainly try a later novel by this writer, though.

  • Ben Babcock

    I want to start with the author bio at the end of this book: “Chibundu Onuzo was born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1991.” When I read this, I did a doubletake, because that makes Onuzo only 25 years old and 2 years younger than me. I had just assumed she was much older, because her voice sounds so much older, so much richer in terms of experience and worldliness. I am in awe, and in no small part envious, of this 25-year-old’s talent.I first encountered Onuzo and her writing quite recently, when I [...]

  • Wendy

    The intensity of the human spirit roams free throughout these pages as the lowly wrestle the mighty in Welcome to Lagos.How this diverse city can generate such wildly contrasting ways of existence is undoubtedly outrageous: power, wealth, the highly questionable morals VS squalor, resilience, and a yearning to forge a better path. Regardless of where you are in the food chain there appears to be an impossible level of ambition to achieve, which continually falls under scrutiny by your peers and [...]

  • Jaclyn Crupi

    Onuzo does an excellent job portraying the politics and corruption of Lagos. This snapshot shows how complicated life can be in a city like Lagos. Her unlikely cast of characters, thrown together by circumstances, make for an interesting group dynamic. The book drags a little at the end I found though the actual last line is perfection. As Onuzo herself has said, Nigeria's greatest exports is her literature. You certainly find out a lot about life in Lagos but I was hoping for a bit more heart. [...]

  • Lisa

    I’ve read nine novels from Nigeria since starting this blog, and it’s safe to say that most of them feature the corruption and incompetence of Nigerian government, the slums of the city contrasted with a simpler rural life and the conflict between imported faiths and the residual belief in the spirit world. Welcome to Lagos explores the same themes but is a bit more nuanced in its portrayal of corruption.Nigerian born Chibundu Onuzo (b.1991) burst into the literary scene with her first novel [...]

  • Rachel Sargeant

    Despite the jolly cover, I wasn't expecting a humorous novel. Certainly the opening chapter describing two soldiers’ desertion from an army that made them torch villages and kill the inhabitants didn't suggest anything comedic was in store. However, from the moment these two characters set off on their journey to Lagos and hooked up with three other runaways, the author presented a warm, humorous and characterful tale of resilience, adaptability and vibrancy that still managed to be a realisti [...]

  • Andre

    3.5⭐️. A novel of survival in which Lagos becomes a central character. The author does a great job of conveying the the vibrancy, chaos and corruption of Lagos, Nigeria. The prose is so cogent that readers will come to think of Lagos as a well developed character along with the rest of this motley crew. The main protagonist Officer Chike Amoebi has deserted the Nigerian army, having tired of killing and burning villages and he sets out for Lagos, as a place to hide and perhaps rebuild a life [...]

  • The Book Banque

    My first encounter with Lagos in African fiction, however, was through Sefi Atta’sEverything Good Will Come. The Lagos here is grand, and unlike the grimy Lagos of Teju Cole’s Every Day Is For The Thief. Its every nook and cranny - from its opulent and gated communities on ‘the island’, to its “riotous warrens of streets” on the mainland and secrets tucked away in alleyways - is best captured by Toni Kan’s The Carnivorous City. The Lagos he presents is a city that caresses and cons [...]

  • MisterHobgoblin

    Welcome to Lagos. Is there a city in the world that offers a more improbable welcome?This is a comic satire on the corruption, poverty and violence of modern Nigeria. We see all of Nigeria’s ills paraded through the lens of Chike and Yemi, soldiers who have deserted in disillusionment at being asked to torch a village and shoot the fleeing villagers. With no plan, they head into the jungle, rescue a couple of runaways (a chancer called Fineboy and a young woman called Isoken) and head off for [...]

  • Andrew

    This was such an enjoyable read , which highlighted the turmoil in Nigeria socially and politically whilst creating an engaging cast of characters and filling its narrative with emotion and humour.The story centres around five people who meet and form a small group together as they travel to Lagos . The book opens with soldier Chike and his colleague Yemu, so upset by their commanding officers orders to massacre villagers in a Niger delta village they desert their company, on their walk they mee [...]

  • Kirsten

    When is a welcome not really a welcome? When it's a welcome from Lagos, a city captured here as a heaving, corrupt, conflicted beast locked in combat with it's inhabitants, who themselves are fighting an internal battle between morality and opportunity. I felt the pace was a bit off and a couple of the characters were superfluous but otherwise it was an engaging and vibrant read about family (the kind you make for yourself) and human nature. 3.5/4

  • Kelsi H

    Just as I'd imagine the city of Lagos, filled with unique people and colourful stories. As the small group travels to the city together, their dubious welcome becomes a part of their journey. Onuzo's prose draws the reader into these stories and makes you feel like you are walking the streets of Lagos. Lovely, exciting writing and I look forward to more by this young author.This book was provided to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Charlene

    When I finished the book, I was surprised to realize that I enjoyed it. The characters stuck with me and I learned some things through their journey.

  • Ayala Levinger

    This book was such a fun reading! who said government corruption can't be humorous cynical just the way I liked it.

  • Kathleen Ebersohn-Khuvutlu

    This is definitely the best book I have read this year. A book filled with tenderness, surprises, human connection, humour and so much insight into Nigeria. Could not recommend it more highly!

  • Anne Goodwin

    In beautiful prose, Welcome to Lagos addresses heavy themes of misogyny, urban homelessness and political corruption with lightness and humourFull review Angels of Nigeria? Welcome to Lagos by Chibundu Onuzo annegoodwin.weebly/annecdo

  • Paul

    An unlikely group of Nigerians arrive in Lagos, fleeing their own assorted problems and work together when a corrupt former government minister lands in their lap. Interesting read on the corruption in Nigerian rule, but the characters all feel rather two-dimensional and happy serendipity plays too big a role in the plot to make it feel real. An engaging read (and a great cover design to the book).

  • Olivia

    Welcome to Lagos is a story of five wayward and unlikely companions traveling from the north of Nigeria to Lagos, where they attempt to make new lives for themselves. As is the case in a bustling and explosive city like Lagos, things do not go as planned. This was a joyful rendering of Nigeria's issues with corruption - in the government and in the people. The story verged on absurd, but was nonetheless entertaining and informative.

  • Ola

    What can I say about this book? It's full of people, the way I can imagine streets of Lagos are full of people with so many different stories. Welcome to Lagos is a story of seven different people, each of them running away, escaping their past, looking for new home in Lagos. Seven people whose lives intersect on a bus to Lagos and from then on, they stay together and share an extraordinary journey. Common goal can bring all sorts of people together.The main focus of the group is Chike, leader o [...]

  • Breakaway Reviewers

    4 stars A sad indictment of morality or lack of it in NigeriaChike Ameobi is an army officer in Nigeria but when he is ordered to kill innocent civilians he decides he can no longer remain a soldier and together with one of his privates a slow witted lad called Yemi sets off to Lagos in order to try and build a new life.During the journey he meets up with various other people running away from their previous lives, one, Fineboy, a militant, and two women, Oma haunted by an attempted rape and Iso [...]

  • Amanda

    Chike Ameob, an army officer, decides the brutality of the Nigerian army is not for him and along with young soldier, Yemi they desert, fleeing to the city of Lagos. Along the way they meet Oma fleeing from an abusive husband, Fineboy a young rebel fighter and Isokan, a young depressed girl.With no money they are forced to live rough under a bridge before Fineboy finds them a deserted house on a well to do complex. It is then their trouble begins.Chief Sandayo, Minster for Education is ousted fr [...]

  • Mybookinggreatblog

    Full review is up on my blog (link: mybookinggreatblog/2016/1). Here is an extract: Welcome to Lagos is a novel centred around a cast of seven people who are thrown together in a fit of survival.  We join ex-soldiers having deserted the army having questioned the motives around the 'causes' they are fighting for, women who have fled violent husbands and abandoned in the jungle and wide-boys who are out for making a buck.  This group of people are slung together noting that their best chance of [...]

  • Peter Orvetti

    In "Welcome to Lagos", Chibundu Onuzo takes readers on a tour of Nigeria's swarming city with principled military deserter Chike in the lead and several others in tow. Unfortunately, the novel turns out to be little but that tour.The story starts off strong as the circumstances of Chike's desertion in the Niger Delta are displayed, and as he picks up allies and hangers-on on the way to the city. But once they arrive, it becomes a survival story that gets less compelling with each chapter. Chike [...]

  • Rosie

    Loved this book. It brings to life Lagos in all its guises: the waterfront city, autocracies under bridges, hair braiding businesses, informal settlements over water and the clipped lawns of ex-politicians, alike. It was a pleasure to get a look into Lagos without having to travel out of my apartment!The story also traversed militants in the delta, corrupt politicians, the way "Africa" is presented as a monolith in the western media, the politics faced by Nigerians studying in England and the va [...]

  • Katy

    Although it struggles with some pacing issues in the first third, Welcome to Lagos is a fantastic book following a rag-tag cast of characters and their journey from strangers to family. Each character is featured enough to be sympathetic and to engage the reader, and in a way, they all felt more like characters created to put across a moral message than real, believeable people. I actually enjoyed this feeling - it gives the novel an air of a modern fable or folk tale. Read my full review: moons [...]

  • Rachel

    I received an advance copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Precisely written with obvious competence, 'Welcome To Lagos' is hard to fault, and yet fault it I must - there is just something lacking, something I can't for the life of me put my finger on despite its stature. My interest began to falter halfway through the book, and though the author never dropped the ball, she never scored any goals, either. I was left wondering why one would hone their skill only to use [...]

  • Eileen Hall

    Reading this book took me back to the time we spent in Nigeria during the eighties.We lived in Enugu and the descriptions of the journey through the Nigerian countryside brought back memories, some happy, some otherwise.Lagos itself is a melting pot of disparate people and this story just teems with the sights, sounds and smells that we encountered too.I have not come across this talented author before, so will look out for more from her.Recommended.I was given a digital copy of this book by the [...]

  • Tracey

    What a wonderful writer Chibundu is, who certainly seems to have researched before putting pen to paper. This book is so powerful and heart wrenching, I cried. Each of the seven main characters who are thrown together have a story to tell and boy they certainly are descriptive. I cried and felt I was so lucky to live in the country I live in. This was one truly powerful and thought provoking novel which I know will be remembered for a very long time.Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for t [...]

  • Emma Fowle

    Loved it - read on two friend's recommendations (and the awesome pictures of the launch party). I was also intrigued as Onuzo is a Christian author writing mainstream fiction. I have only read one other Nigerian-set novel (Half of a Yellow Sun) but off of the back of that, plus this one, I'd definitely read more. Loved the different social backgrounds and commentaries, the history and the politics all woven into the story.