An entirely new literary genre emerged from Nigeria this week. It’s called church erotica, a sort of pulp, pop-style fiction that tells the story of the rarely seen erotic side of religious communities, and the men of God who run them.
Holy Sex, written by Obinna Udenwe, follows the love life of the head pastor at Saving Grace, a Pentecostal church in Lagos, and his power and influence over women.
One hilarious fan said in an online comment this week: “I know it will be a great mouthwatering delicacy served oven-fresh.”
Tribute to a 10-year-old classic
It has been a decade since literary superstar Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie released her legendary short story, Half of a Yellow Sun, the follow-up to her breakout novel, Purple Hibiscus.
In celebration, historian and literary critic Otosirieze Obi-Young wrote a touching tribute on the website Brittle Paper this week, concluding that “this book ... can only grow in relevance and will ... remain a uniquely incandescent addition to the canon of global literature”.
If you have not read it, do so now.