Thu, May 11|
Five Myles Gallery
Book Launch: "Nigeria Jones" with Author Ibi Zoboi and Ola Ronke of The Black Woman's Free Library.
In partnership with the Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX), please join Ibi Zoboi and Ola Ronke in dialogue of "Nigeria Jones."
Time & Location
May 11, 6:00 PM EDT – May 12, 8:00 PM EDT
Five Myles Gallery, 558 St Johns Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA
About the Event
About the Book:
From award-winning, bestselling author Ibi Zoboi comes a bold new YA coming-of-age story, whichexplores race and complicated family dynamics, about a seventeen-year-old girl whose father is theleader of a Black liberation group.Warrior Princess.That’s what Nigeria Jones’s father calls her. He has raised her as part of theMovement, a Black separatist group based in Philadelphia. Nigeria is homeschooled and vegan andparticipates in traditionalrituals to connect her and other kids from the group to their ancestors. Butwhen her mother—the perfect matriarch of their Movement—disappears, Nigeria’s world is upended.She finds herself taking care of her baby brother and stepping into a role she doesn’t want.Nigeria’s mother had secrets. She wished for a different life for her children, which includes sending herdaughter to a private Quaker school outside of their strict group. Despite her father’s disapproval,Nigeria attends the school with hercousin, Kamau, and Sage, who used to be a friend.There, she beginsto flourish and expand her universe. As Nigeria searches for her mother, she starts to uncover a shockingtruth. One that will lead her to question everything she thought she knew about her life and her family.From award-winning author Ibi Zoboi comes a powerful story about discovering who you are in theworld—and fighting for that person—by having the courage to be your own revolution.
About the Author:
IBI ZOBOI is the New York Times bestselling author of American Street, a National Book Award finalist; Pride; My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich; Star Child; Okoye to the People; the Walter Award–winning Punching the Air, cowritten with Exonerated Five member Yusef Salaam; and the Coretta Scott King Honor–winning picture book The People Remember. She is also the editor of the anthology Black Enough. Born in Haiti and raised in New York City, she now lives in New Jersey with her family. You can find her online at ibizoboi.net.