Sefi Atta was born in Lagos, Nigeria. She was educated there and in England, and also has an MFA from Antioch University, Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in the Penguin Book of New Black Writing. In 2002, Atta won prizes in several genres: for a play in the BBC’s African Performance Competition, for a story in Zoetrope’s Short Fiction Contest, and an early version of Everything Good Will Come was short-listed for the Macmillan Writers Prize for Africa. This year, she has received awards from the BBC and Commonwealth Broadcasting Association for radio stories. Atta lives in Meridian, Mississippi, with her husband and daughter, and teaches at Meridian Community College. She lives in Mississippi with her husband Gboyega Ransome-Kuti, a medical doctor, and their daughter, Temi.
Everything Good Will Comeby Sefi Atta
Everything Good Will Come introduces an important new voice in contemporary fiction. With insight and a lyrical wisdom, Nigerian-born Sefi Atta has written a powerful and eloquent story set in her African homeland. It is 1971, a year after the Biafran War, and Nigeria is under military rule--though the politics of the state matter less than those of her home to Enitan Taiwo, an eleven-year-old girl tired of waiting for school to start. Will her mother, who has become deeply religious since the death of Enitan’s brother, allow her friendship with the new girl next door, the brash and beautiful Sheri Bakare? This novel charts the fate of these two African girls; one who is prepared to manipulate the traditional system and one who attempts to defy it.
Written in the voice of Enitan, the novel traces this unusual friendship into their adult lives, against the backdrop of tragedy, family strife, and a war-torn Nigeria. In the end, Everything Good Will Come is Enitan’s story; one of a fiercely intelligent, strong young woman coming of age in a culture that still insists on feminine submission. Enitan bucks the familial and political systems until she is confronted with the one desire too precious to forfeit in the name of personal freedom: her desire for a child. Everything Good Will Come evokes the sights and smells of Africa while imparting a wise and universal story of love, friendship, prejudice, survival, politics, and the cost of divided loyalties.
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With a great ear, Ms Atta presents not just Nigeria, but especially the tenacity, resilience, and humor of the 'Nijah woman' This book is witty, sad, insightful, and wise. I loved every page of it
Atta has given us a wonderful first novel. She has chosen as her setting, Lagos, Nigeria, and has written with great skill, wit, and a careful ear for history. This story will appeal to anyone who enjoys a good story, and especially to those who are hungry for more stories set in the African continent.