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Nigeria's Okey Ndibe on his novel Foreign Gods Inc.

9 January 2014 Last updated at 22:11 GMT

Foreign Gods Inc. is the new novel by the US-based Nigerian author and academic Okey Ndibe.

It tells the tale of a Nigerian cab driver in New York who has fallen on hard times.

He comes across a gallery which specialises in buying and selling sacred objects from around the world, and has an idea about making some money by raiding one of these sacred figures from Nigeria.

Nigeria, America, high art and broken dreams are all explored in the book, which takes the reader from luxury art galleries in New York to ancient shrines in Nigerian villages.

The author, who teaches African literature at Brown University in the US, spoke to BBC Africa's Peter Okwoche.

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