04 Dec Parresia Publishers to Release Obinna Udenwe’s Colours of Hatred and Iquo Diana-Abasi’s Efo-Riro
Parresia Publishers hereby announces the publication of Colours of Hatred, a novel by Obinna Udenwe and Efo-Riro, a collection of short stories by Iquo Diana-Abasi. The official date of release is Monday, January 20, 2020.
Towards the release, Parresia Publishers will like the public to take note of the following dates:
- Cover Reveal: Tuesday, December 3, 2019.
- Pre-order begins: Wednesday, December 4, 2019.
- Books release: Monday, January 20, 2020
Pre-ordered copies will be personally signed by the author and will contain the buyers’ personalised messages
Parresia is both excited and pleased to offer these two books to the reading public. We are grateful for all forms of engagement with our new and existing titles
Efo Riro and Other Stories
This collection is set primarily within Nigeria, and the stories here cover varied social themes including spousal abuse, religious dogma, love, bravery, betrayal and vengeance. It speaks of the untamed resilience of the everyday Nigerian who is faced with the vicissitudes of life.
We meet Sixtus the driver whose love of a particular delicacy has him biting off more than he can chew, and we laugh to our heart’s delight. But all is not humorous in this collection; anything can happen in the city of Lagos, a man disappears after a Champions League semi-final and we are drawn into his wife’s travails, we shine light on paedophilia through the keen eyes of a gossip, we take a peek at what love and lust looks like on the internet, then we head to Oguta where a ritual to revive a sick husband takes an unexpected turn. Despite the human tendency to betray and disappoint, we encounter stories that show how people tread life on a carpet of love and hope.
Iquo Dianaabasi is a Nigerian story teller, performance poet and editor. She has performed on many stages and is the author of ‘Symphony of Becoming’, a collection of poems, which was shortlisted for the Nigeria Literature Prize, The Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature and Association of Nigerian Authors Poetry prize.
Her writing has been widely anthologized and published in online journals and print. Efo Riro and Other Stories is her first personal collection of stories.
Iquo lives in Lagos, where she writes scripts for radio, and works as an editor.
Colours of Hatred
On her deathbed, Leona seeks forgiveness by confessional. Dastardly as the sin is, it is an act of love, loyalty, disobedience, and perceived fairness. How did she get here, where she, an internationally renowned model, is forced to kill her father-in-law to avenge her mother’s death?
Set against a background of real events, Colours of Hatred is a complex web of plots detailing a woman’s journey from childhood through the fire and anvil of love, loss, betrayal, lust, and duty.
Obinna Udenwe is the author of the conspiracy thriller, Satans & Shaitans and the controversial church erotica, Holy Sex.
He is the co-founder of The Village Square Journal – a magazine of contemporary literature, art and politics. His works have been published in journals and magazines across the globe including; Prairie Schooner, Munyori Literary Journal, The Temz Review and many more, and anthologized in Africa Roar, The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story Vol 1 &2 etc.
He is the editor of the anthology, Voices From My Clan and co-edited all three editions of Ebedi Review – an in-house magazine of the Ebedi Writers Residency. He won the ANA Prize for Prose Fiction 2015 and the Short Story is Dead Prize 2016.