Water Baby

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Pub Date Apr 11 2024 | Archive Date Apr 18 2024

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Description

A beautiful coming of age story based on the real settlement of Makoko in Nigeria. Perfect for readers of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.


She's the Pearl of Makoko and the world is her oyster.

In Makoko, the floating slum off mainland Lagos, Nigeria, nineteen-year-old Baby yearns for an existence where she can escape the future her father has planned for her.

With opportunities scarce, Baby jumps at the chance to join a newly launched drone-mapping project, aimed at broadening the visibility of her community.

Then a video of her at work goes viral and Baby finds herself with options she could never have imagined - including the possibility of leaving her birthplace to represent Makoko on the world stage.

But will life beyond the lagoon be everything she's dreamed of? Or has everything she wants been in front of her all along?

A beautiful coming of age story based on the real settlement of Makoko in Nigeria. Perfect for readers of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.


She's the Pearl of Makoko and the world is her oyster.

In Makoko, the...


Advance Praise

'A brilliant evocative read. In Okereke's hands, Makoko is a world full of heart and beauty.' - Irenosen Okojie, author of Butterfly Fish


'Such a beautifully written novel, full of vibrant imagery and characters who leap off the page. I loved going on Baby's journey with her. This book serves as a reminder that often what we dream of is right in front of us.' - Louise Hare, author of This Lovely City


'A captivating, surprising, beautifully structured narrative about grief and loss, but also strength, joy and the value of friendship.' - Gemma Seltzer, author of Ways of Living


'The writing was so rich that I could smell Makoko, I could taste the food and I could hear the characters.' - Foluso Agbaje, author of The Parlour Wife


'Water Baby is one of those rare books that takes you somewhere utterly unfamiliar and makes you feel instantly at home. It’s funny, intriguing, vibrant, and beautifully written.'-Simon Toyne, author of The Sanctus Trilogy


'A moving story of loss, love, community, and dreams. Okereke writes her characters with so much heart that we feel that these are people we know as intimately as they know themselves.' - Chika Unigwe, author of Better Late than Never








'A brilliant evocative read. In Okereke's hands, Makoko is a world full of heart and beauty.' - Irenosen Okojie, author of Butterfly Fish


'Such a beautifully written novel, full of vibrant imagery and...


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ISBN 9781529425406
PRICE £20.00 (GBP)
PAGES 400

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