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Three Reviews of Sanya Osha’s An Underground Colony of Summer Bees

An Underground Colony of Summer BeesVerdict: carrots!

In Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, the protagonist, Saleem Sinai states that “To understand just one life, you have to swallow the world.” In Osha’s An Underground Colony of Summer Bees, we understand the world by swallowing the lives of the characters.

Sanya Osha’s new novel, An Underground Colony of Summer Bees begins with Jerome Akpata moving from Johannesburg to Durban. “He had become tired of having to live looking constantly over his shoulder wondering if someone was coming at him with a gun or a blade.”

An interesting turn in contemporary Nigerian writing is that Nigerian writers who have relocated to other nations are preoccupying themselves with the social realities of their adopted nations. Their imagination may be triggered by a sympathetic feeling as in the case of Chika Unigwe’s On Black Sister Street; or by a traumatic feeling (when the writer’s life is affected) as in the case of Niyi Osundare’s City without People.

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