Nsukka is Burning

BBC Radio 4 is releasing a series of dramatised readings of some of Nigeria’s most compelling literature. The dramatisations are part of the program, Nsukka is Burning, Reading the Globe: Nigeria which explores how Nsukka has become a “creative hotspot” for prolific voices in African literature. Among the highlighted novels are Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun and Chinua Achebe’s No Longer at Ease. Beyond the works of these Nsukka indigenes, Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister, The Serial Killer and Helon Habila’s Oil on Water were also featured. The readings present compelling narrations of Nigeria’s stunning literature and are only available for a limited time. You can listen and stream below.

Half of a Yellow Sun, Adichie’s powerful tale of human tragedy and trauma, set during the Biafra War of the 1960s.


My Sister, The Serial Killer, Braithwaite’s comic crime story exploring an unusual relationship between two sisters.


Oil On Water, Habila’s political thriller following the lives of two journalists who journey over oil-rich waters of the Niger Delta in search of the perfect story


No Longer At Ease, the second work in Achebe’s acclaimed trilogy set in the 1960s, which tells the tale of Obi Okonkwo who is accused of taking a twenty dollar bribe!

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