The Nigerian writer, Bunye Ngene, grew up in Lagos, Nigeria surrounded by books and laughter. His works (fiction and non-fiction) are inspired by the uniqueness of everyday life and the interaction between different social groups.
His debut novel “The Bodies That Move” - a finalist in the 2021 Next Generation Indie Book Awards - tells the riveting story of Nosa, a young man who embarks on a journey in search of greener pastures. Abandoned by his father as a child, Nosa is forced to bear the responsibility of caring for his mother and siblings. Seeing no future in Nigeria, he is persuaded by an old schoolmate to migrate to Europe. In order to achieve this, he employs the services of smugglers. His journey takes him through many transit cities, safe houses and detention camps in Nigeria, Niger and war-torn Libya, and sees him cross the Sahara Desert. On his journey, he meets other travellers, each with unique stories. They are all united, however, by the desire for a better life in Europe.
The novel was born out of Bunye Ngene’s desire to present an alternative story about refugees, one that humanises them and moves away from the more common narrative which usually portrays them as statistical figures and problems that require solving. But behind every number lies a story rooted in hope, resilience and the innate human desire to improve oneself.
The inspiration for the book came from the author’s personal and professional contact with refugees and asylum seekers in Germany where he lives.
The Bodies That Move is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/wsBodies-That-Move-Bunye-Ngene-ebook/dp/B08NWB491R
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