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Stranded in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea on a dinghy, Nosa reflects on the events that brought him to his present predicament. Abandoned by his father as a child, he is forced to bear the responsibility of caring for his mother and siblings.
Seeing no future in Nigeria, Nosa 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.
Bunye Ngene's book is fascinating - and utterly appalling. His calm demeanour and writing style are alluring, easing you effortlessly into what might otherwise be an entirely inhospitable read. Strangely, there is something comfortable about this book - perhaps it is Ngene's manner, or maybe it is the continued hope these people carry, even after realizing the huge mistake many of them have made. This is, in a nutshell, a very important book, by an outstanding writer. - Matt McAvoy, Senior Editor of MJV Literary Author Services