In the mythic style of the Igbo literary tradition, Chigozie Obioma weaves a heart-wrenching epic about the tension between destiny and determination.
On a bridge in Nigeria, Chinonso, a young poultry farmer, come across a woman who is about to jump to her death. Horrified, he hurls two of his prized chickens into the water, to demonstrate the severity of the fall. The woman, Ndali, is moved by his sacrifice and the pair fall in love. Her rich family object to the union because he is uneducated, so he sells his possessions to attend a college in Cyprus. But Cyprus disappoints, and Chinonso only seems to be getting further from his dream…
‘I see myself as a guy who is trying to preserve some of the culture we used to have at pre-colonial times’.
Chigozie Obioma reads from and speaks about his 2019 Booker Prize shortlisted novel An Orchestra of Minorities.