A young lady’s illness and death is attributed to diabolism as her family ignore medical diagnosis… A youth corper posted to a rural community adapts to his environment by reporting to his basest instincts. A village’s tribal divisions comes to head quite tragically against the backdrop of an illicit affair… The personal dilemma of poverty and hopelessness among young Boko Haram recruits… A village is thrown into confusion as its most virile bachelor dies in suspicious circumstances and a futuristic tale on when baseless ideologies high jack government policies.
This collection of short stories gives a stark narration of forgotten parts of modern society and speaks to the oratory nature of how Nigerian stories are told.
Paul Ugbede’s ability for storytelling has been celebrated in plays with over ten productions to sell-out audiences. In this his first collection of short stories he has mirrored society in a real and telling way.
Paul Ugbede has a BA in Mass Communications from the University of Jos, Nigeria and is currently the Director, International Centre for Playwriting Development in Africa (ICPDA). He is the author of several published and performed plays to include Drooping Palms, Raping the Land, Trading Places, Two Characters Undefined, August Meeting, Fela: Arrest the Music, Dialing Love and Our Son the Minister. His articles and short stories have appeared on Waza Online, Muwado and Jalada Online. His play Fire in the Night and Other Stories was included in the 2014 Writivism Anthology edited by Sumayya Lee. Paul is the winner of the inaugural Beeta Playwright Competition. He lives in Lagos with his family.