Cambell-Fatoki reads from Bury Me Come Sunday Afternoon today
Quramo Publishing Limited has released Bury Me Come Sunday Afternoon, a collection of short stories by Nigerian-American author Nike Campbell-Fatoki. She will also read from it today in Lagos.
In this short story collection, Nikẹ 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.
He 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.
Campbell-Fatoki was born in Lvov, Ukraine and grew up in Lagos. 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.
She 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 Ake Review. Cambell-Fatoki lives in the Washington DC area with her family where she is presently writing her next historical fiction novel.