UPCOMING BOOK RELEASE: Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor

Mar 14, 2014 • Articles, Books, Nigeria1 Comment

nnedi-okorafor-the-lagoonLagoon tells the story of three strangers who are bound together as Lagos (Nigeria’s most populous city)  is torn apart by a tidal wave.  They have to work together to save ‘the city, the world… and themselves.’.

Author Nnedi Okorafor, describes Lagoon as her ‘most ambitious novel’ to date and looked to the work of  fellow science fiction authors to gain inspiration.

Okorafor states that her greatest inspirations for Lagoon are Under the Dome by Stephen King, Wizard of the Crow by Ngugi wa Thiong’o and surprisingly action/thriller District 9.

Lagoon’s underlining message is one that touches on humanity and asks us to question the things that bind us together and what makes us human. 


Three strangers, each isolated by his or her own problems: Adaora, the marine biologist. Anthony, the rapper famous throughout Africa. Agu, the troubled soldier. Wandering Bar Beach in Lagos, Nigeria’s legendary mega-city, they’re more alone than they’ve ever been before.

But when something like a meteorite plunges into the ocean and a tidal wave overcomes them, these three people will find themselves bound together in ways never imagined. Together with Ayodele, a visitor from beyond the stars, they must race through Lagos and against time itself in order to save the city, the world… and themselves.

‘There was no time to flee. No time to turn. No time to shriek. And there was no pain. It was like being thrown into the stars.’


Lagoon will be available to buy on April 10, 2014. Click here for more information.

Nnedi Okorafor is an American award-winning fantasy writer acclaimed for her science fiction and short stories. She is a University professor and a judge for L. Ron Hubbards Writers of the Future Contest. Her short story, Showlogo will be featured in ‘Fantasy for Good‘, – a charitable anthology that benefits the Colon Cancer Alliance.

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