Setting: 1995 Port Harcourt Nigeria, during a radical time of change, violence & corruption
Draw yourself a straight line, walk backwards on it to erase your footsteps and you will trip and crack your skull. Straddle the two sides of a stream and you will unhinge your hips. Be unstable as waters and you will not excel.
Jowhor Ile's writing is beautiful and quietly captivating. There is a slow rhythmic quality to his work that dances back and forth through time as the story unfolds. Despite themes of political and personal greed and corruption, Ile's narrative remains elegant throughout. I look forward to future work by this new literary voice.