Olukemi Amala

Two babies are born five minutes apart in a UK hospital.

Immersed in her rich Nigerian heritage, Yewande grows up able to hear her ancestors’ voices – a double edged sword that heightens her spiritual awareness, but alienates her sister and brings horrifying revelations about her family’s past. Mary is rejected at birth by her mother who has abandoned her African roots as she tries to blend into a small town in suburban Britain.

How will each girl survive these legacies on her journey to adulthood?

A big, important novel leavened with fun and studded with episodes of astonishing beauty.

A rare and compelling novel…(Omala’s) writing is lush and poetic, conveying the richness of the land of her foremothers and fathers.
— Dr. Harbrinder Dhillon-Stevens

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About this book

UK-born Nigerian writer Olukemi Amala lives in Scotland. She defines herself as a critical thinker and writer who occupies a space on the margins of life.


“Took me to places of mystery, self enquiry, tears and much laughter. A thinking woman’s novel with the light touch of literary magic.”
— Glasgow Women’s Library
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“Filled with Nigerian dialect and street talk…(the) story moved me to tears of both sadness and delight.”
— The F Word
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“A rare and compelling novel…This remarkable book tells of the past, of present adaptations, of old and new attitudes towards issues of oppression and power.”
— Dr. Harbrinder Dhillon-Stevens, Lecturer, Psychotherapist, Writer