NO BE FROM HIA
by Natasha Omokhodion-Kalulu Banda
Maggie and Bupe 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 surrounded by dark family secrets.
From the blazing streets of the Brixton riots, to multi-party elections in Zambia and glitzy
Independence Day celebrations in Lagos comes a heart-warming story that breathes life into the modern-day result of postcolonial Africa and 20th Century migration.
ISBN (Paperback): 9781915643629
ISBN (Ebook): 9781915643636
Published: 7th September 2023
Price: £9.99 (Paperback) £4.99 (Ebook)
Extent: 214 pages
Markets: World (excl. SADC, US and Canada)
Natasha is a Zambian of Nigerian and Jamaican heritage. Born in London, raised in Lusaka. No Be From Hia was selected as a Graywolf Africa Press finalist in 2019. Natasha self-published in Zambia, and after some initial success it was acquired by South African publisher Blackbird Books. Her latest short story, Her Sweetie, Her Sugarcane is due for publication in Harper Via’s anthology ‘Reflections’, in January 2023. She is an alumni of Curtis Brown Creative’s Breakthrough Course for Black Writers, and an MA candidate in Creative Writing at Kingston University London. She has three children and works between Lusaka and London.