Reward Nsirim returns with “Fresh Air”


After his debut effort at writing in 2003, a book titled, “Spots and Wrinkles”, Doctor Reward Nsirim returned with another one that seems to have surpassed his previous efforts.
Fresh Air, just like Spots and Wrinkles is a collection of short stories and in his “unputdownable” writing style, this book grabs you by the scruff of your neck and won’t let go until you are through.
Reward Nsirim’s Fresh Air is a theatrical collection of 16 short stories. The stories are told in a captivating and persuasive manner where the illustrations, pictures a typical Nigerian life of tragicomedy in a most admirable insight.
In this work, Nsirim brought the close relationship of the needs for justice and a productive character behind the scene of tragicomedy to light.
Reward’s writing style is different. His stories are based on true life situations and of course in most cases address the ills of our society.
In “Funeral Announcements”, the first of the lot, Dr. Nsirim portrays the life of a thirty something year old Nigerian who finds himself in Europe and has to school and work for the whole extended family, denying himself the basics of life while the family he is working for back home live in an affluent world created by him.
In “The Target”, the experiences of female bankers in marketing departments of their banks is told as though it was a movie shown on a big screen.
“Diary of a troubled traveler” is a comical but true life piece on a young man who on a 10 hour road trip from Port Harcourt to Lagos got a stomach upset in the 4th hour of the trip. It is a hilarious piece but all making sense and causing the reader to visualize the scenarios, most times even placing oneself as the major character in the tale.
I think Dr. Nsirim, in writing this book want s Nigerians and individuals the world over to see their experiences as not being peculiar to themselves alone and of course the comical side of it goes to show that life in itself should not be taken too seriously.
Another thing about his style is that he does not target any particular audience. Everyone can read the book and enjoy its message.
His simplistic style coupled with humour and of course the seriousness of the stories make this collection the near perfect gift pack for your reading mates.

You can order Fresh Air  via                                                                                or or if you are in Port Harcourt you can visit Bookville World, Adjacent to Mummy B church, Ezimgbu Link road, Off Stadium road; In Abuja, Cassava Republic Bookshops, Arts Center, opposite Silverbird and In Lagos at Patabah Books, Shop B18, Adeniran Ogunsanya Mall, Surulere

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