“They say fiction is an extension of the factual. Niran Adedokun’s The Law is an Ass, features nine short stories that seem like fictional manifestations of the concerns in his second book, The Danfo Driver in All of Us. In this collection, Niran continues his jeremiad about Nigeria, with stories about sexual shenanigans (both real and imagined), corruption, poverty and deprivation as well as a heady cocktail of other problems that beset a third world country like Nigeria. These stories, told in simple but gripping prose, will hold you in thrall like the tale of the Ancient Mariner.” – Toni Kan, author, The Carnivorous City
“These stories have tricky plots, appearing simple and linear in design with seductive and elegant prose. Line after line, paragraph after paragraph, we grow to love the protagonists.” – Jahman Anikulapo, former Arts Editor and Editor of The Guardian on Sunday
“The author leads you from randomness to some unexpected cataclysmic event in his stories. One minute you are innocently traipsing through the gullies of life and the next thing, Nigeria happens to you. The stories are like short films, vivid and captivating.” – Mildred Okwo, filmmaker and writer
“Niran’s stories are populated by characters who are our neighbours, our friends, our colleagues and members of our family. He offers us an entertaining and educative read that is vivid, engaging and throbbing.” – Olukorede Yisha, author, In The Name of our Father and Secret Vaults
The new Nigerian Cinema, Nollywood, owes its global admiration in part to its open-arm attention to gender balance. As talented and beautiful faces won audiences over, many female professionals drew attention to the strength and spectacle that endeared this pivotal industry to audiences around the world.
Niran Adedokun’s Ladies Calling the Shots has perhaps drawn the most critical attention to the role of female directors in Nollywood. From Lola Fani-Kayode’s pioneering work to Amaka Igwe’s bold narratives, to the work of Mildred Okwo and Tope Oshin. This book is an ode to the Ladies who call the shots in Nigerian film.