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Tola Ositelu


Ositelu was born in London to Nigerian and Ghanaian parents.
She is a freelance arts and culture journalist based in London,
and a newly-qualified solicitor.

In African Writing:


Precious: A True Story 11 (Review)

The story of interracial fostering in the 1970s and 1980s would be a familiar one to the many West African children temporarily left in the care of English families whilst their parents completed their studies or financially established themselves. In that sense Anita-Precious Williams’ childhood was not unique. Yet there is a place on book shelves for this compelling memoir because Anita’s experience was different from many others: her mother, Elizabeth could never make up her mind if she wanted her daughter back or not. Precious is a heartbreaking tale of a young woman trying not only to find her place in the world but also a way into her birth mother’s reluctant heart.


Second Book Syndrome  11 (Review)

I am thinking of coining a new literary phrase, assuming one is necessary, to refer to those authors whose follow-up novels do not live up to the promise of their debuts; underwhelming-second-book-syndrome. Anticlimactic second novels are nothing new. I even have a friend who is generally wary of any follow-ups, preferring others to test the waters and see if personal recommendations are forthcoming. I have developed a healthy scepticism of second novels myself...



Diana Evans, The Wonder 9 (Review)

Helen Oyeyemi, A Return to Form 8 (Review)


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