Five sorrowful mysteries of Andy Africa.

by Buoro, Stephen,

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Crackling with energy and intelligence, this debut is the " smart, subversive, funny, heartbreaking" (Kamila Shamsie) story of an exceptional teenager coming of age in the shadow of colonialism and communal violence in Nigeria.

Andrew Aziza is an unusually smart fifteen-year-old in Kontagora, Nigeria. He lives with his fiercely protective mother, Gloria, and fantasizes obsessively about white girls-especially blondes. When he's not in church, at school, or hanging about town with his droogs wishing to become one of "Africa's first superheroes," he's contemplating the larger questions with his teacher Zahrah and his equally brilliant friend Fatima, a Hausa-Fulani girl who has feelings for him. Together they discuss mathematical theorems, Black power, and what Andy has deemed the Curse of Africa.

Sure enough, the reluctantly nicknamed Andy Africa soon falls hopelessly and inappropriately in love with the first white girl he lays eyes on: Eileen. But at the church party held to celebrate her arrival, multiple crises loom. An unfamiliar man there claims, despite his mother's denials, to be Andy's father, and an anti-Christian mob has gathered, headed for the church. In the ensuing havoc and its aftermath, Andy is forced to reckon with his identity and desires and determine how to live on the so-called Cursed Continent.

The Five Sorrowful Mysteries of Andy Africa announces a dazzlingly unique literary voice. Crackling with energy, this tragicomic novel provides a stunning lens into contemporary African life, the complicity of the West, and the impossible challenges of growing up in a turbulent world.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Buoro's first novel is bold, honest, and fizzing with energy in its depiction of what it's like to live inside the mind of a 15-year-old boy. It's no surprise to anyone, least of all to himself, when Andrew Aziza falls in love with the first white girl he meets. Living in Northern Nigeria and contemplating the deeper mysteries of life, Andrew, who acquires the nickname Andy Africa, has concluded that Africa is cursed. When an anti-Christian mob attacks his church, tragedy strikes, and Andy must confront what it means to come of age in a chaotic and dangerous world. Buoro, recipient of the Booker Prize Foundation Scholarship, is an exciting new literary voice emphatically carving space for himself. Andy's narration is witty and sharp and ingrained with deep philosophies innocently presented. Buoro captures the essence of "trauma laughter," interlacing humor with the sorrows of Andy's life and taking both his main character and the reader on an intense journey of self-discovery. This tale demands that readers keep up or get left behind."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "A Nigerian Christian struggles to make sense of his loyalties amid the growing rumble of violence in Buoro's energetic debut. Andy Aziza, 15, lives in a mixed-faith city in northern Nigeria with his single mother. When he is not badgering his mother to reveal the identity of his father or debating mathematical theorems and "Anifuturism"--an ideology that fuses animism and Afrofuturism--he lusts over white girls. As Andy grows close with Eileen, the white niece of a missionary, he is both smitten and stung. When she effusively compliments his poetry, he wonders "why's she so surprised to find such poetry here--does she think we ain't that good?" Eventually, he becomes disillusioned with Africa, but not before alienating a longtime friend. As the political situation worsens, Andy falls victim to what he calls the continent's "Curse": he's arrested on trumped-up terrorism charges and only released because his uncle is connected, leaving him feeling rootless and wanting to leave the continent. Buoro is a creative if not quite mature storyteller; his ideas on Afrofuturism are inspired, but there are too many pages devoted to gratuitous sex scenes with Andy and Eileen. Nonetheless, this bold, spirited tale deserves attention. (Apr.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects ordreq 3/14/23 xa
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing,2023
Description p. cm.
ISBN 9781635577778
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