The Voice, the blog of the Garden City Literary Festival, has published an excerpt from Nigerian writer Ukamaka Olisakwe’s Eyes of a Goddess. Olisakwe is one of the writers who took part in this year’s Short Story Day Africa and Eyes of a Goddess is her debut novel, released in May this year.
In this excerpt the protagonist’s father reports to his family that his motorcycle has been stolen:
Papa always rode home in his old Suzuki motorcycle. He would perch on it like a proud king, his hands gripping the handles firmly, and his back straight up as if he had swallowed a flat board. And there was always character in the way he climbed on or off the motorcycle; one leg raised high and over the seat, like the boys practicing karate at the church, then arching swiftly and landing precisely on the pedal. Then he would turn on the ignition, let it hum for a while before revving it loud enough for the neighbours to hear. And when he drove in at the end of the day, he revved and circled the compound almost in a full circumference before parking it at the stem of the coconut tree.
- Eyes of a Goddess by Ukamaka Olisakwe
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