Chuma Nwokolo’s books include The Extortionist, Dangerous Inheritance, African Tales at Jailpoint, One More Tale for the Road, Diaries of a Dead African, The Ghost of Sani Abacha, and How to Spell Naija in 100 Short Stories (1 & 2) He has published two poetry collections, Memories of Stone and The Final Testament of a Minor God. His stories have appeared in the London Review of Books, La Internazionale, AGNI, and elsewhere. A lawyer by trade, he founded the Bribecode good governance campaign.
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In a novel of stunning scope, Chuma Nwokolo moves across time and place to deliver a story that speaks to urgent contemporary concerns. His characters’ indelible voices offer perspectives that are simultaneously global, political, and intimately human. The place at The Extinction of Menai’s heart is the Niger delta village of Kreektown, even as the action spans continents.
“Twins separated at birth discover their true identities and a spiritual leader pursues the ancestral homeland of his ‘dying nation’ in this poignant, thrilling, and funny novel.…Nwokolo manages to brilliantly distill his branching plot into a singular portrayal of a threatened culture.”