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By Oluwatoyin Adeleye

In the spate of the realities of Nigeria, the disparities between the Western world and the Third world countries, Olumide Popoola has published a novel that cuts across these issues.

When We Speak of Nothing by Olumide Popoola

Titled ‘When We Speak Of Nothing, the novel is about friendship, loyalty, parenting, bullying and gender identity in the digital age.

Read synopsis below:

Best mates Karl and Abu are both 17 and live near Kings Cross. It’s 2011 and racial tensions are set to explode across London. Abu is infatuated with gorgeous classmate Nalini but dares not speak to her. Meanwhile, Karl is the target of the local ‘wannabe’ thugs just for being different.

When Karl finds out his father lives in Nigeria, he decides that Port Harcourt is the best place to escape the sound and fury of London, and connect with a Dad he’s never known.

Rejected on arrival, Karl befriends Nakale, an activist who wants to expose the ecocide in the Niger Delta to the world. Increasingly distant from happenings in London, Karl falls headlong for Nakale’s feisty cousin, Janoma.

Meanwhile, the murder of Mark Duggan triggers a full-scale riot in London. Abu finds himself caught up in its midst, leading to a tragedy that forces Karl to race back home.

When We Speak of Nothing launches a powerful new talent. The stream of consciousness prose, peppered with contemporary slang, captures what it means to be young, black and queer in London. If grime music were a novel, it would be this.

The book launch holds at Colours In Africa, 13A, Musa Yar’Adua, Victoria Island, Lagos State from 6.30pm. (No African Time)

Olumide Popoola is a London-based Nigerian German writer and speaker who presents internationally. Her novella ‘This Is Not About Sadness’ was published by Unrast Verlag in 2010. Her play ‘Also by Mail’ was published in 2013 by Witnessed (edition assemblage) and the short story collection breach, which she co-authored with Annie Holmes, in 2016 by Peirene Press. Her full-length novel ‘When We Speak of Nothing’ was published in the UK and Nigeria in 2017 (by Cassava Republic Press).

Olumide holds a PhD in Creative Writing, a MA in Creative Writing and a BSc in Ayurvedic Medicine. She lectures creative writing.

To purchase this book ahead of the event, click HERE to register and pre-order.

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