The Half God of Rainfall by Inua Ellams

I have never been much of a basketball fan but Ellams’ passionate and detailed description of Michael Jordan as a demi-god who literally flies across the court had me on the edge of my seat. As a playwright and poet, Ellams genius lies in his eloquent language that utterly invests his audience in his works. He managed this in his highly acclaimed ‘The Barbershop Chronicles’, which sold out at the National Theatre in London, and he has done it again with this wildly entertaining epic poem about Òrìṣà gods, Greek mythology and the life of ‘mere’ mortals.