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Vagabonds! & Freshwater

Vagabonds! & Freshwater

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.

 

Freshwater

Ada has always been unusual. As an infant in southern Nigeria, she is a source of deep concern to her family. Her parents successfully prayed her into existence, but she becomes a troubled child, prone to violent fits of anger and grief, developing separate selves within her. Ada is more than just volatile – she is an ogbanje, born “with one foot on the other side.” When Ada travels to America for college, a traumatic event crystallizes her selves into something more powerful. Based in the author’s realities and narrated by these selves, Freshwater maps how Ada’s life spirals in a dangerous direction as her alters – now protective, now hedonistic – move into control.

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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.