Tuesday 19 July 2016

'Bury Me Come Sunday Afternoon' Arrives Lagos

Nike Campbell-Fatoki
A collection of short stories titled Bury Me Come Sunday Afternoon, by Nigerian-American author Nike Campbell-Fatoki will be released July 2016 in Lagos, Nigeria.

In this short story collection, Campbell-Fatoki filters the lives of contemporary Nigerians through a colourful and vivid prism, where past sins come to upset settled lives, where lost lives fuel a campaign for a better future and nothing is as it seems.  She explores well-known themes but delves a little deeper, questioning our ideas about people, our impressions and prejudices. 

Bury Me Come Sunday Afternoon depicts the struggles of a young ambitious and hardworking Nigerian abroad with the same insightful candour as it does the tale of a brilliant but broken woman struggling with mental illness.
The collection of short stories has received good reviews from major local and international quarters. Attached is a selection of media reviews:
“Bury Me Come Sunday Afternoon elevates her as a masterful storyteller. Each of the stories is eloquently crafted without the condescension to readers that comes with a ribbon-wrapped ending. By turns amusing, sad and painful, each of the stories in this collection moved me to some deep emotion, and they will do the same for you too whether reading about religion, mental illness, gender roles or open marriages. Another wonderful and unapologetic addition to the growing genre of literature by writers from Africa.” --Zukiswa Wanner, Men of the South, shortlisted, Commonwealth Writers' Prize.

“These are stories worth telling from a writer worth reading” --E.C. Osondu, winner, The Caine Prize for Africa.

"Campbell-Fatoki's characters share their stories of loss, love and reclaimed identity in a way that leaves you wanting for more.” --Yejide Kilanko, author of Daughters Who Walk This Path.

Nike’s language is precise and direct.  Her characters are sharply observant and self-aware even as they battle odds that stack against them.  Morals are explored but there is no judgment even when the characters take vengeful and extreme actions.  Heroes are created in unlikely scenarios and life as we know it, with more than one surprising twist unfolds in the pages.

Nikẹ Campbell-Fatoki was born in Lvov, Ukraine and grew up in Lagos, Nigeria. She is the author of the historical fiction novel, Thread of Gold Beads, published in 2012 and adapted to a stage play in 2014.  The novel was translated into French and published by Worldreader in 2015.

Nikẹ was a guest author at the Ake Arts and Book Festival in 2014, the largest book festival in Africa.  Her short story, The Appointment, has been published in Brittle Paper, an online literary magazine. Her poem, Rapture, has also been published in the Ake Review. 
Nikẹ lives in the Washington DC area with her family where she is presently writing her next historical fiction novel.

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