All posts by Veronica Elias Ugian

Punctured Silence

By Veronica Elias Ugian


  • Title: Crocodile Girl
  • Author: Sam Omatseye
  • Publisher: Parrésia Publishers Ltd
  • Number of pages: 276
  • Year of publication: 2017
  • Category: Fiction

Crocodile Girl by Sam Omatseye brings out the bold and unique storytelling abilities of the author and attests to his experience as a renowned columnist. The novel explores the history of slavery, witchcraft, love and bravery through the character of Alero. Although considered one of the most beautiful women in Orogun, she is called ugly and evil on suspicion of killing unsuspecting strangers. Believing her to be cursed, she and her family are ‘inxiled’ by the community, but in an unexpected twist an American by the name Tim Forester, the descendant of a family of slave traders with roots traceable to the village, turns up and alters her destiny. More…

The New Breed: The Emergence of the Strong Ones

By Veronica Elias Ugian 


  • Title: The Hundred Wells of Salaga 
  • Author: Ayesha Haruna Attah
  • Publisher: Cassava Republic Press
  • Number of pages: 231
  • Year of publication: 2018
  • Category: Fiction

The Hundred Wells of Salaga is historical fiction that offers insights into contemporary life through two strong female characters, Wurche and Aminah, whose paths cross and whose actions smash stereotypes and open pathways for other trapped women. The novel’s female characters are imbued with strength and freedom of choice; they are initially silenced by the patriarchy but they are ultimately fulfilled. More…

The Craft of Happiness

By Veronica Elias Ugian 


  • Title: Life, Lessons… My Path to Happiness
  • Author: Abisola Biya
  • Publisher: Parrésia Publishers Ltd
  • Number of pages: 116
  • Year of publication: 2017
  • Category: Essays

Is happiness attainable? In Life, Lessons… My Path to Happiness, Abisola Biya answers in the affirmative and further says it is a choice. The book seeks to develop the mind of readers in order to enable them see things positively and strive for happiness regardless of the prevailing situation. The lessons Biya explores cover different experiences that people go through. She advocates that anyone can live a fulfilled life if only they cultivate the right mentality by approaching challenges through the prisms of self-love, self-value and the right disposition. More…

The Miracle of Friendship

By Veronica Elias Ugian 


  • Title: The Square Pegs
  • Author: David Obasa
  • Publisher: Parrésia Publishers Ltd
  • Number of pages: 190
  • Year of publication: 2016
  • Category: Fiction

David Obasa’s The Square Pegs is a novel that spans the journey from childhood through adulthood to old age of three protagonists. More…