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Born On a Tuesday

(2016)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Betty Trask Award Best First Novel (nominee)
"A Nigerian bildungsroman featuring Dantala, a street kid thrust calamitously into the arms of a gentle sheikh, who thereafter faces Islamic extremism" (O, The Oprah Magazine, "10 Titles to Pick Up Now").

Winner of the 2017 Betty Trask Prize * A Finalist for the Nigeria Prize for Literature * Nominated for 2017 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award * An Indies Introduce Selection * An Amazon Best Book of the Month in Literature & Fiction * Longlisted for the 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature

In far northwestern Nigeria, Dantala lives among a gang of street boys who sleep under a kuka tree. During the election, the boys are paid by the Small Party to cause trouble. When their attempt to burn down the opposition's local headquarters ends in disaster, Dantala must run for his life, leaving his best friend behind. He makes his way to a mosque that provides him with food, shelter, and guidance. With his quick aptitude and modest nature, Dantala becomes a favored apprentice to the mosque's sheikh. Before long, he is faced with a terrible conflict of loyalties, as one of the sheikh's closest advisors begins to raise his own radical movement. When bloodshed erupts in the city around him, Dantala must decide what kind of Muslim - and what kind of man - he wants to be.

"An ambitious book that tackles modern Nigeria's extremely complex religious landscape with great insight, passion, and humor by taking us deep into the mental and emotional space of the country's most neglected." - Uzodinma Iweala, author of Beasts of No Nation



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