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The Selected Works of Elechi Amadi

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Hardback with coloured end papers | 216mm by 140mm

Elechi Amadi (1934-2016) was a renowned Nigerian author and civil servant celebrated as one of the founding generation of African novelists in English. He was born on May 12, 1934, in Mbodo-Aluu, which is now part of the Ikwerre local government area in Rivers State, Nigeria. He received his education at the esteemed Government College, Umuahia, and later pursued further studies at the University College, Ibadan, where he earned a degree in Physics and Mathematics.

His writings skilfully portrayed the cultural and social intricacies of his homeland and delved into topics including colonialism, spirituality, and societal transformations. Amadi's works not only entertained readers but also offered profound insights into the rich cultural heritage and complexities of Nigerian society.

Amadi was a recipient of International Writers Program grant, Univ. of Iowa, 1973; Rivers State Silver Jubilee Merit Award, 1992; Ikwerre Ethnic Nationality Merit Award for Literature, 1995. In 2003 he was made a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, his nation’s highest honour.

Amadi passed away on June 29, 2016, leaving behind a remarkable literary legacy that showcased his storytelling talent and his dedication to exploring the human condition within the context of Nigeria's history and traditions.


Novels included in this volume: 

The Great Ponds

A rarely seen literary depiction of the 1918 – 1919 Influenza pandemic in African literature serving as a backdrop to the central conflict between the villages of Chiolu and Aliakoro over the Wagaba pond.

The Slave

Taking place in a rural countryside setting, elements of folklore, riddles, and proverbs are incorporated in the tragic story of Olumati. An outcast and enslaved by the god of Amadioha at a shrine, Olumati displays a fierce determination to survive and overcome his circumstances.


Through poignant and vivid descriptions, Amadi captures the aftermath of the Biafran War viewed through the lens of ordinary people, their fears, hopes, and determination thus highlighting the enduring spirit of those who lived through it.


"Amadi’s works are peppered with witty translations of proverbs and numerous references to age-old customs. His narratives highlight the importance of tradition in the creation of a political community."

"In his novels African villagers come alive in the immense variety of their individual and group activities, which are deeply informed by a shared sense of religion, ethics, social etiquette, and culture."

"Elechi Amadi's writing captures the essence of Nigerian society, delving into its rich cultural heritage and exploring the complexities of human experiences."

"Amadi's novels are masterful narratives that skillfully blend tradition, spirituality, and social commentary, leaving a lasting impact on readers."

"The vividness of Amadi's descriptions and his ability to weave compelling stories have solidified his place as one of Africa's most celebrated literary voices."

"Amadi's work is a testament to his talent as a storyteller, as he seamlessly blends themes of love, destiny, and societal transformation into captivating narratives."

"Through his writings, Amadi provides insightful reflections on colonialism, spirituality, and the clash between tradition and modernity."

"Amadi's novels not only entertain but also provoke thought, encouraging readers to question social norms and explore the human condition within the Nigerian context."

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