After building a successful life in the UK for twenty-two years, my mother decided to move back to her homeland of Nigeria, taking me, her only child with her. I had just turned twelve and as a British born child, I had no idea of the sinister adventure that lay ahead.
The Tribe of One is a tale of superstition, violence, exploitation, and identity crisis. Yet despite these themes my book engages my readers with the sense of colour, sound, movement and vibrancy that is Lagos as well as the biting humor and sheer rawness of the place. The Tribe of One encapsulates all the above through the microcosm of the family that I was born into but within which I never truly belonged. I have spent much of my adult life coming to terms with what happened to my Mother and I during the five years we lived in Nigeria, and the past nine years writing and re writing draft after draft, including doing a BA and MA in Creative writing to hone in my writing skills, as I passionately believe that this is a story that needs to be told.
I am overjoyed to have recently been given the opportunity to work with a wonderful editor/mentor whose books have been listed in both the New York Times and London Times bestsellers list.
You can find some early drafts from The Tribe of One on my blog ‘Blogola’ here is a link to an excerpt https://olarhodes.wordpress.com/2017/09/06/basirat-the-lion-the-witch-the-wardrobe-and-i/
The projected publishing date is March 2018.The money raised will go towards:
- Completing the final draft with my editor
- Audio book of The Tribe of One
- Publicity and promotion