Omotoso, who grew up in Nigeria and then moved to South Africa, spoke about the notion of otherness that her protagonist experiences as the plot explores traditional Nigerian storytelling in Cape Town. She also discussed the idea of flawed heroes, the complexities of family relationships and her literary influences:
FBS: Your debut novel, Bomboy, is set in South Africa while showcasing the tradition of Nigerian story telling – what similarities between the two cultures did you see that made the setting and the theme work so well together?
YO: While similarities can always be found between many different cultures that was not my primary aim here. A large part of the book and most of the protagonist’s experience deals with otherness and strangeness. I think this is heightened by telling Yoruba folklore in a Cape Town setting.
It is the stark differences that we first notice and only later come to understand that regardless of culture, human experience is the common denominator.
- Bom Boy by Yewande Omotoso
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