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On Ajayi Crowther Street Reviews

On Ajayi Crowther Street by Elnathan John, Alaba Onajin

On Ajayi Crowther Street

Elnathan John, Alaba Onajin

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1 review

Category: Graphic Novels, Fiction
Imprint: Cassava Republic Press
Publisher: Cassava Republic Press
Publication date: 26 Jul 2019
ISBN: 9781911115908

On the noisy Ajayi Crowther Street in Lagos, neighbours gather to gossip, discuss noise complaints, and faithfully head to church each Sunday. But beneath the surface lies a hidden world of clandestine love affairs, hidden pregnancy, spiritual quackery and hypocrisy, that threatens to destroy the community from within.

4 stars out of 5
21 Mar 2020

"this soapy, spiky book is a compelling read"

John does not hold back: religious hypocrisy, rape, forbidden relationships, death, disgrace and feuds play out in a city where moral attitudes are shifting and public image is all important. There are vividly drawn setpieces, including full-blooded sermons and an action-packed wedding. But itdelights in everyday interaction too, making time for sibling banter and neighbourhood meetings, while nice moments of humour (“This is Nigeria. Something more scandalous will happen”) leaven the rising tension.