And After Many Days, A Novel by Jowhor Ile

During the rainy season of 1995, in the bustling town of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, one family's life is disrupted by the sudden disappearance of seventeen-year-old Paul Utu, beloved brother and son. As they grapple with the sudden loss of their darling boy, they embark on a painful and moving journey of immense power which changes their lives forever and shatters the fragile ecosystem of their once ordered family. Ajie, the youngest sibling, is burdened with the guilt of having seen Paul last and convinced that his vanished brother was betrayed long ago. But his search for the truth uncovers hidden family secrets and reawakens old, long forgotten ghosts as rumours of police brutality, oil shortages, and frenzied student protests serve as a backdrop to his pursuit.

In a tale that moves seamlessly back and forth through time, Ajie relives a trip to the family's ancestral village where, together, he and his family listen to the myths of how their people settled there, while the villagers argue over the mysterious Company, who found oil on their land and will do anything to guarantee support. As the story builds towards its stunning conclusion, it becomes clear that only once past and present come to a crossroads will Ajie and his family finally find the answers they have been searching for.

And After Many Days introduces Ile's spellbinding ability to tightly weave together personal and political loss until, inevitably, the two threads become nearly indistinguishable. It is a masterful story of childhood, of the delicate, complex balance between the powerful and the powerless, and a searing portrait of a community as the old order gives way to the new.
 Jowhor Ile’s debut novel, And After Many Days, was shortlisted and finally won the first ever pan-African prize celebrating upcoming African writers of published fiction books 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature. The prize was created in 2013. The platform in recent times has been instrumental in discovering and sharing the works of promising African literary talents and promoting the publishing industry, supporting the literacy movement by donating copies of the shortlisted books to schools, book clubs and libraries across the continent.

Contending for the 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature were three unique and talented writers, Jowhor Ile, Jacqui L’Ange and Julie Iromuanya. Out of the three, Ile won the cash prize of £15,000 in addition to a fellowship at the University of East Anglia for his book And After Many Days. Past winners of the prize include Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Songeziwe Mahlangu and NoViolet Bulawayo.

Read ‘And After Many Days’ and Win a Trip to Sharjah

In November 2018, Channels Book Club will be taking the three best participants of its book review essay competition on an exciting sponsored trip to the world’s third-biggest book fair, the Sharjah International Book Fair in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. The competition is open to secondary school students all over Nigeria.

Sharjah International Book Fair is the most exciting book fair in the world with over 1,500 exhibitors from over 60 countries, over 1.5 million book titles on display and lots of fun programs for young people.


“One rarely finds ‘page-turner’ and ‘poetry’ in the same sentence, but And After Many Days is a rarity indeed. At once calm, collected, lyrical and heartbreaking, Ile’s debut is many things: an achingly tender portrait of family life, a brilliantly executed whodunnit, a searing critique of Nigerian politics, a meditation on love. I couldn’t put it down and was forever changed when I did. The Utu family will stay with me always.” —Taiye Selasi, author of Ghana Must Go

And After Many Days is a brilliant novel that paints a vivid picture of a changing society, effortlessly shifting between moments and years, all while keeping us grounded in a growing boy’s understanding of himself and the surrounding world. It is a book that offers profound insight into a country that headlines can never capture. A wonderful debut.” —Uzodinma Iweala, author of Beasts of No Nation

“Jowhor Ile is rooted in the lush mindscape of the Niger delta. For here is a writer whose rare insight is evident not only through the voice he breathes into his characters but also in how deep he digs to tap the wellspring of their history. Bumps of pleasure and flashes of recognition lie in ambush on page after page of this smooth-singing, hard-hitting novel—a tender and lucid accomplishment by a distinctive talent.” —A. Igoni Barrett, author of Love Is Power, Or Something Like That
“Jowhor Ile is a rare talent. This rich book is ripe with mood and full of love, masterfully written with the perfect emotional pitch. Nigeria has a new star.” —Binyavanga Wainaina, author of One Day I Will Write About This Place


Here are the steps:

1. Go to the Channels TV website:


to get all the information you need about the competition and its requirements.

2. Get the award-winning novel titled, ‘AND AFTER MANY DAYS‘ by Jowhor Ile and read it. (And After Many Days is available in all Medplus Pharmacy outlets in Anambra, Abia, Kwara, Delta, Enugu, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Oyo, Rivers and also in all JustRite super stores.)

3. Write an essay to review the book that is not more than 1,500 words.

4. Go to the Channels TV website, fill an online form and submit through that same web page dedicated to the competition. You will need a gmail account to do this.

Again, the web page is at:

Every question you might have is answered on the Channels TV web page which also has contact numbers to help you out. You can also send enquiries through any of their social media platforms.

Get a copy of And After Many Days at Sunshine Bookseller 

If you are a senior secondary school student, this is your play!

It’s a short window to read, write and submit (latest by 15th of September, 2018).

This year’s competition is sponsored by the Sharjah Book Authority, Sharjah Publishing City and the Nigerian Publishers Association.

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