No Be From Hia (Paperback)
A homecoming tale of a family brought together by migration and torn apart by tragedy and secrets. In a search for identity, love and acceptance – two ordinary girls travel from London to Lusaka to Lagos in order to save their family and discover their destiny. Meet the Ayomides and the Kombes – Zambian-Nigerian- Jamaican powerhouse families brought together during thepost-colonial migration of the 1960’s to the UK – and later separated by death, divorce and betrayal. Scattered between London, Lusaka, and Lagos, only the new generation can save this family. Maggie Ayomide and Bupe Kombe are cousins on either side of the world who couldn’t be more different. Zambian-Nigerian and Zambian-Jamaican, both yearn for their disbanded family to reunite. When Bupe leaves Brixton to go to secondary school in Zambia, she brings light and disorder to Maggie’s world. However, the girls are hindered by dark family secrets such as the mysterious death of their late grandmother, and Maggie’s missing Nigerian father.
Natasha Omokhodion-Kalulu Banda is a Zambian of Nigerian and Jamaican heritage who lives in Lusaka. She is married with three children. Natasha is passionate about the growing literary scene in Africa and enjoys the power of story-telling. She has been published in the African Women Writers (Afriwowri) e-publication anthology Different Shades of a Feminine Mind, The Budding Writer anthology by Zambia Women Writers’ Association (2017), and featured on AfricanWriter.com for her story “To Hair is Human, To Forgive is Design” (2018). She has been published in Short Story Day Africa – Hotel Africa (2018) and the manuscript of her recently published novel No Be From Hia was selected as a Graywolf Africa Prize finalist 2019.