Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta

Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta

Chinelo Okparanta Explores a Taboo Relationship in a War-Torn Nigeria

In her debut novel, Under the Udala Trees, Chinelo Okparanta explores sexuality in a war-torn Nigeria. Two girls, Ijeoma and Amina, must reconcile their feelings for ea

ch other within a culture that only values heterosexual relationships.

Although the Biafran War does not take center stage in the novel, the war’s background presence mirrors the personal, familial, and socio-political conflicts that the characters face.

Under the Udala Trees was an overdue novel for a country that criminalizes same sex relationships. This story had to be told.

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