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Africa: Stories in the 55

Characters haunted by memories, prejudice in Nigeria novel "Crocodile Girl"

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Sam Omatseye, the author of Crocodile Girl
Sam Omatseye, the author of Crocodile Girl Parresia Publishers

In this month's Africa: Stories in the 55, Nigerian novelist Sam Omatseye talks about his book Crocodile Girl, a modern tale steeped in oral tradition. He tells the story of Alero, a woman too beautiful to be accepted by her village and the pain and suffering carried through the generations.


Omatseye also addresses prejudice and stigma through his American character, Tim, who is on a quest to discover his family's controversial past and how it connects to Orogun village near Warri, Nigeria. The complex story explores how the past can haunt the present, seen through the eyes of villagers and foreigners in Crocodile Girl.

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