Last month, Nigerian-born author, Chika Unigwe, quietly published a brand new book with Jonathan Cape in the UK. Set in Nigeria, Night Dancer examines the relationship between mothers and daughters through the character of Mma who is left without a sense of belonging when her mother dies.
Unigwe was recently longlisted for the 2012 Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa for her acclaimed novel, On Black Sisters’ Street.
We are delighted to be able to bring you an extract from Night Dancer, courtesy StoryTime:
The flight to Kaduna was crowded. Mma had not expected a midweek flight, on the second day of the year, to be so full. She had not thought that Kaduna was a popular destination. As the plane taxied down the runway, a passenger at the back shouted, ‘Let us pray!’ and without waiting for a response, immediately launched into a long prayer, ending with an ‘Amen’ from more than half the passengers.
She had a ball of wool in her stomach, unfurling and making her too sick to eat. An air hostess in a tight, short skirt pushed a cart beside her.
Photo courtesy Belinda Otas