It’s always nice to introduce you guys to new African writing, especially those published independently or by small presses.
Here is A Fly Girl by Amanda Epe, a Nigerian writer based in the UK. In the novel, Ms. Epe documents a series of travel narratives inspired by her experience as a British Airways stewardess. How intriguing is that!
Check out the synopsis and a short Q&A with the author.
A Fly Girl is an inspirational memoir of Amanda Epe’s days working with British Airways— travel tales through the lens of a black African woman. Her readers’ journey with her from Las Vegas to India, as she explores the world whilst working for possibly the best airline in the world.
Tundun Adeyemo: Did you enjoy the last African authored book you read?
Amanda Epe: Gambit: Newer African Writing was an exceptionally good collection of short stories anthologizing diverse voices from across the continent. I’m currently reading Ola Awonubi’s Love Persuasion and the main character Ada resonates with the modern women in Lagos and other Afropolitan cities, not desperately seeking to be a Mrs but instead placing self-discovery and personal ambitions foremost. I am glad Ankara Press is publishing works that see women represented more powerfully.
Tundun Adeyemo: Has the Publication of a Fly Girl been your greatest adventure?
Amanda Epe: Publishing A Fly Girl has been a great achievement and celebration. I’d say it’s one of my top-three achievements. It was exciting to be able to create a book in a true story format and share it in an entertaining manner. Reflecting on the past and remarking how I have grown since the stories of that period is an adventure in itself. The book enabled me to finally celebrate that part of my life and turn abstract memories into tangible transcript. It was also touching to have feedback from readers who were inspired by my travels.
A Fly Girl is available on Amazon and other online retailers. Order A Fly Girl.