In a future Africa. The subjects or Occupants of Azotus' kingdom each live alone in their comfortable homes, their every need catered for by comprehensive housekeeping services. When Kamoto, Occupant of house number G8, ventures outdoors for the first time, he begins to question why he has spent his entire life inside and without human contact, connected to the world only by his TC, his Telecommunications Curtain. What begins as a man's growing awareness of his basic human needs for love, physical connection and freedom becomes a fast paced thriller about the future of governance, and technology as a means of control.
Shadreck Chikoti has won numerous literary awards and was recently nominated by the Africa39 project as one of the "most promising African writers under 40". An excerpt of Azotus the Kingdom was published in the Africa39 project anthology in October 2014. Chikoti's work has also appeared in the Caine Prize anthology To See the Mountains and Other Stories (2011). He lives in Malawi with his wife and children.