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.‘In Dependence’
…by Sarah Ladipo Manyika
HOTLY tipped Anglo-Nigerian author Sarah Ladipo Manyika published her debut novel titled ‘In Dependence with Legend Press.

With In Dependece, Sarah joins an exciting new generation of Nigerian writers, many of whom have gained international acclaim and are charting new literary territory. The novel is to be backed by a major promotional campaign of national and regional press.

From Lagos to Oxford: In Dependence is a tragic love story fraught with post-war idealism, postcolonial disappointment, and the bittersweet taste of mistimed love. Sarah, who was raised in Jos, Nigeria, is a lecturer in English Literature at San Francisco State University. Recent hit Nigerian writers include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who won the 2007 Orange Literary prize for fiction with ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’, Helon Habila, Chris Abani, Segun Afolabi, and Teju Cole. These writers of postindependence Nigeria have inherited the mantle of a preceding cohort of writers including the Nobel prize winning Wole Soyinka and Chinua Achebe, who was awarded the Man Booker International Prize, fifty years after his 1958 novel, ‘Things Fall Apart’, which went on to sell more than 10 million copies.

Tom Chalmers, Managing Director of Legend Press, commented: “Sarah Ladipo Manyika’s brilliant debut, published 50 years after Achebe’s seminal work, is a moving and compelling love story set against the complex backdrop of history, race, and geography, intertwined with questions of identity, politics, and family secrets.”

It is the early-sixties when a young Tayo Ajayi sails to England from Nigeria to take up a scholarship at Oxford University. In this city of dreaming spires, he finds himself among a generation high on visions of a new and better world. The whole world seems ablaze with change: independence at home, the Civil Rights movement and the first tremors of cultural and sexual revolutions. It is then that Tayo meets Vanessa Richardson, the beautiful daughter of an ex-colonial officer. In Dependence is Tayo and Vanessa’s story of a brave but bittersweet love affair. It is the story of two people struggling to find themselves and each other, a story of passion and idealism, courage and betrayal, and the universal desire to fall, madly, deeply, in love.

Sarah was raised in Nigeria and has lived in Kenya, France and England. She is married to a Zimbabwean and currently resides in the United States where she lectures inEnglish literature at San Francisco State University. Sarah holds a PhD. in Education with a focus on Africa and the African Diaspora. Sarah has had a number of short stories published in collections around the world and this is her first novel. For more on ‘In Dependence’ visit:

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