In 1970, there were four, no five births in Asiama, the fictional town in Chimeka Garricks debut novel – Tomorrow Died Yesterday. Doye was born, Tubo was born, Amaibi was born, Kaniye was born and oil, oil was born. These five births would merge, like ropes they would intertwine, and when they would separate, due to circumstances beyond their control, it would have powerful implications for the ones they love, and the ones who love them.
Yewande Omotoso’s debut novel ‘Bomboy’ won the South African Literary Award for First Time Author and was shortlisted for the 2012 Sunday Times Fiction Prize.
‘Bomboy’ was also shortlisted for the 2012 Sunday Times Fiction Prize, and made it to the final three at the inaugural edition of the Etisalat Prize For Literature in 2013. In Bomboy, Yewande Omotoso showed that she had the ability to dwell on the smallness and yet uniqueness of a single person’s life. That she is adept at this is established by her masterful storytelling in her second book: ‘The woman next door.’