From Frying Pan to Fire
Author; Olusegun Adeniyi
Category: Non Fiction / Essays
Year of Publication: 2018
$13.00 – $18.00
About the Book
With an ever increasing number of young Africans diving into the unknown each year, in search of a better life abroad, Segun Adeniyi’s From Frying Pan to Fire could not have come at a better time.
Through their often heart-rending tales of woe, Adeniyi weaves a powerful and compelling narrative, made all the more intense by the poignant, personal account of one of these dream seekers, the author’s own younger brother.
From Frying Pan to Fire, brings to bear on a subject that has become a scourge of our time, well deserved attention as well as a sense of urgency.
This slim but essential book is emotionally wrenching and powerfully affecting. It beams light on a shameful dimension of Nigeria’s – nay Africa’s – current reality, exposing the harrowing adventures undertaken by hordes of hapless youth who risk everything, including enslavement, brutal sexual exploitation, and the loss of their lives, in search of an increasingly illusory bliss in Europe or North America. The book should be required reading for those who run or ruin Africa – and for the rest of us, victims, enablers, or abettors of misrule.
– Okey Ndibe
author of Never Look an American in the Eye (a memoir),
Foreign gods, Inc. and Arrows of Rain
This timely book is a long meditation on the predicament of Africans caught in the net of irregular migration. It is a stern warning against betting on the mirage of chance and an eye opener on the many subtle lures laid by human traffickers. I hope that policy makers, intellectuals and the public at large engage with the thoughts of the author within Africa and beyond.
– Tade Ipadeola
author of The Sahara Testaments and winner of the Nigeria Prize for Literature
This book adds a new and refreshing dimension to efforts by Africans to reflect on the scandalous crisis of young people risking their lives in pursuit of better life through migration. Blending personal narratives and policy-based analyses, Adeniyi writes in an engaging style that his readers have come to expect.
author of Roots in the Sky