No Be From Hia

No Be From Hia



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A homecoming tale of a family brought together by migration and torn apart by tragedy and secrets. In a search for identity, love, and acceptance—two ordinary girls travel from London to Lusaka to Lagos in order to save their family and discover their destiny.

Meet the Ayomides and the Kombes—Zambian-Nigerian-Jamaican powerhouse families brought together during the post-colonial migration of the 1960’s to the UK—and later separated by death, divorce, and betrayal. Scattered between London, Lusaka, and Lagos, only the new generation can save this family.

Maggie Ayomide and Bupe Kombe 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 hindered by dark family secrets such as the mysterious death of their late grandmother, and Maggie’s missing Nigerian father.

From the blazing streets of Brixton riots to multi-party elections in Zambia to glitzy Independence Day celebration and adventurous nightclubs in Lagos, this heartwarming story breathes life into the modern-day result of postcolonial Africa and twentieth-century migration as it follows two ordinary girls trying to find their identity and reunite their family.