Welcome to the 5th and Final Day of the Bury Me Come Sunday Afternoon Virtual Book Tour!
We’re pleased join forces with Creative Writing News and Quramo Publishing Limited to host Nigerian-American author Nike Campbell-Fatoki, as she rounds up the five-day book tour of her new collection of short stories.
Below is a blurb, followed by a short extract from the 7th story in the collection entitled ‘A Brewing Storm‘. Nike is on hand to answer any burning questions, so be sure to leave your comments below.
In this short story collection, Nike Campbell-Fatoki filters the lives of contemporary Nigerians through a colorful and vivid prism, where past sins come to upset settled lives, where lost lives fuel a campaign for a better future and nothing is as it seems. She explores well-known themes but delves a little deeper, questioning our ideas about people, our impressions and prejudices.
Bury Me Come Sunday Afternoon depicts the struggles of a young ambitious and hardworking Nigerian abroad with the same insightful candor as it does the tale of a brilliant but broken woman struggling with mental illness.
I knew there would be trouble the evening Daddy brought Grandma Ajayi, from the village a few weeks after our return. The last time she visited, she got into an argument with Mummy over the way she served her a plate of food. She mocked Mummy’s urban upbringing and accused her of disregarding custom by not serving her in the traditional way. That had been almost a year ago.
The car door opened and Grandma Ajayi’s musky scent filled the air. She was a small person. We were the same height and I was just nine years old. She wore her gele like a turban and always wore the same small gold earrings.
“Are you staying with us?” Soji asked.
“Yes, she is, for a few days.” Daddy said, as he walked over to help her out of the car.
“Does Mummy know?” Soji asked.
There was a short pause. “It’s a surprise.”
If you like what you’ve read so far, Bury Me Come Sunday Afternoon, can be ordered here.
Nikẹ Campbell-Fatoki was born in Lvov, Ukraine and grew up in Lagos, Nigeria. She is the author of the historical fiction novel, Thread of Gold Beads, published in 2012 and adapted to a stage play in 2014. The novel was translated into French and published by Worldreader in 2015.
Nikẹ was a guest author at the Ake Arts and Book Festival in 2014, the largest book festival in Africa. Her short story, The Appointment, has been published in Brittle Paper, an online literary magazine. Her poem, Rapture, has also been published in the Ake Review.
Nikẹ lives in the Washington DC area with her family where she is presently writing her next historical fiction novel.