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Vagabond! & The Death Of Vivek Oji
Imprint: Farafina
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 391

Vagabond! & The Death Of Vivek Oji

Synopsis

 

Vagabonds!

Lagos is a city for all . . . you share this place with flesh and not-flesh, and it’s just as much their city as it is yours.

Èkó, the spirit of Lagos, and his loyal minion Tatafo weave trouble through the streets of Lagos and through the lives of the ‘vagabonds’ powering modern Nigeria: the queer, the displaced and the footloose.

With Tatafo as our guide we meet these people in the shadows. Among them are a driver for a debauched politician; a lesbian couple whose tender relationship sheds unexpected light on their experience with underground sex work; a mother who attends a secret spiritual gathering that shifts her reality. As their lives begin to intertwine—in markets and underground clubs, in churches and hotel rooms—the vagabonds are seized and challenged by the spirits who command the city. A force is drawing them all together, but for what purpose?

In her debut novel VAGABONDS! Eloghosa Osunde tackles the insidious nature of Nigerian capitalism, corruption and oppression, and offers a defiant, joyous and inventive tribute to all those for whom life itself is a form of resistance.

 

The Death Of Vivek Oji

They burned down the market on the day Vivek Oji died.

One afternoon, a mother opens her front door to find the length of her son’s body stretched out on the veranda, swaddled in akwete material, his head on her welcome mat. The Death of Vivek Oji transports us to the day of Vivek’s birth, the day his grandmother Ahunna died. It is the story of an overprotective mother and a distant father, and the heart-wrenching tale of one family’s struggle to understand their child, just as Vivek learns to recognize himself.

Teeming with unforgettable characters whose lives have been shaped by Vivek’s gentle and enigmatic spirit, it shares with us a Nigerian childhood that challenges expectations. This novel, and its celebration of the innocence and optimism of youth will touch all those who embrace it.

 

 

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About the author(s)

Akwaeke Emezi

Akwaeke Emezi is an Igbo and Tamil writer and video artist based in liminal spaces. Born in Umuahia and raised in Aba, Emezi won a 2015 Morland Writing Scholarship and is a graduate of the Farafina and Caine Prize writing workshops. Her short story ‘Who Is Like God’ won the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa and her work has been published by Granta and Commonwealth Writers, among others. Freshwater is her debut.

Eloghosa Osunde

Eloghosa Osunde is a Nigerian writer and artist. An alumna of the Farafina Creative Writing Workshop, the Caine Prize Workshop, and the New York Film Academy, she has been published in The Paris Review,  Gulf Coast,  Guernica,  Catapult, and other venues. Winner of the 2021 Plimpton Prize for Fiction and the recipient of a Miles Morland Scholarship, she was a 2019 Lambda Literary Fellow and a 2020 MacDowell Colony Fellow. Vagabonds! is her first book.

About the author(s)

Akwaeke Emezi

Akwaeke Emezi is an Igbo and Tamil writer and video artist based in liminal spaces. Born in Umuahia and raised in Aba, Emezi won a 2015 Morland Writing Scholarship and is a graduate of the Farafina and Caine Prize writing workshops. Her short story ‘Who Is Like God’ won the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa and her work has been published by Granta and Commonwealth Writers, among others. Freshwater is her debut.