My Mind Is No Longer Here

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“…let me tell you something nobody else will tell you, hunger is a very good thing. Our people do not know this that is why they remain poor…the thing pushes you to do something that you did not imagine you could do before… You are very lucky to be chosen…this thing that Yinka has brought you people for is not for people that are not hungry.”

The story unravels from the different points of view of four men – Donatus, Chidi, Osahon and Haruna – who suddenly find their fates tied to a certain consultant named Yinka. Theirs are stories of greed, love, ambition, unfulfilled dreams and the fear of failure.

 

Fresh, lucid and laced with just the right amount of humour- typical of the rich African story telling tradition, My Mind Is No Longer Here is as absorbing and compelling as it is remarkable. It tells the very important story of a generation of young Africans who are disillusioned by their reality but are daily being consumed by the illusions of life elsewhere.

  • Amara Chimeka, Editor at PurpleShelves

 

Sylva Nze Ifedigbo, fiction writer and op-ed columnist, was born in 1984 and lives in Lagos Nigeria. His works of fiction and socio-political commentaries have appeared in many publications both online and in print, including Prick of the Spindle, African Writer, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, Saraba, Kalahari Review, True Africa, and AFREADA. Spectrum Books published his novella, Whispering Aloud, in 2007 while DADA Books published his collection of short stories, The Funeral Did Not End, in 2012. My Mind Is No Longer Here is his debut Novel.

Fresh, lucid and laced with just the right amount of humour- typical of the rich African story telling tradition, My Mind Is No Longer Here is as absorbing and compelling as it is remarkable. It tells the very important story of a generation of young Africans who are disillusioned by their reality but are daily being consumed by the illusions of life elsewhere.

  • Amara Chimeka, Editor at PurpleShelves

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