Wednesday, March 14, 2007



In the picture, Kaine Agary (pronounced Kai-ni), writer of the novel, yellow yellow, signs autographs after her book reading on Friday the 9th of March at Quintessence, Falomo, Ikoyi, Lagos.
The peculiar title refers to the colour of the main character in the book, Zilayefa, a young girl of Greek and Nigerian parentage who from a rustic existence, seeks a "better life" in a Nigerian city. It is a book about life in the Niger Delata region of Nigeria, and Kaine joins the new breed of Nigerian writers who've brought style to the literary landscape.
Kaine holds a bachelor's degree in Socioeconomics from Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts and a Master's degree in Public Administration from New York University's Robert F.Wagner School of Public Service.
She lives in Lagos and is Editor-in-Chief of TAKAii magazine.

8 comments:

Jola Naibi said...

Thanks for sharing...I'll keep my eye out for Ms Agary's novel...sounds like something I would enjoy reading

laspapi said...

I think you will, jola. Reading sefi atta's "Everything Good will Come". Extra-ordinary work.

omohemi Benson said...

Laspapi,have you read Yellow Yellow at all?

It is a very kill hope book,in beginning you are reading with high expectations in the end you are just pissed.

laspapi said...

No, omohemi, although I own a copy.
I think the way the book makes you feel is pre-meditated by the author, though. The Niger-Delta writers in their own way, however subtle, want you to focus on how life is for their people. Tanure Ojaide in 'The Activist' looks at the hardship of the area as well.

damsel in the desert said...

I applied to Mt Holyoke to go to college... they didn't accept me... Now that omohemi is saying the end makes you pissed, not sure I want to read it now

laspapi said...

desert damsel,
you should try the book first. You might take to it.

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

the book sounds interesting but then i just read omohemi's comment... so i'm not sure but then again everybody interpretation of it could be different right?

laspapi said...

omohemi probably loves happy endings. Some books reflect other things. Do read it if you can get a copy, Storm