A Nigerian’s Field Guide to Survival
We pass other boats and, from each one, there is the double-take, a stare. Two boats full of only black people is apparently a rare sight.
Temitope Owolabi is a Nigerian writer and editor living in London. She has gained experience writing fiction and essays which explore loss and love. She is currently shortlisted for the Mo Siewcharran Prize for her first manuscript and her short story “There is Goodness Waiting at Home” made the longlist for the 2019 Writivism Prize for fiction. She was selected to participate in the yearly Farafina creative writing workshop hosted by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in 2015.
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