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The Five Sorrowful Mysteries of Andy Africa

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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.

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Weight1.7 lbs
Dimensions9.5 × 6.5 × 1.1 in
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Date Published

April 18, 2023








Bloomsbury Publishing

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1 review for The Five Sorrowful Mysteries of Andy Africa

  1. Raymond Williams

    rtw0613 (verified owner)

    A coming of age story about a 15-year-old Nigerian boy who has family troubles is in love with a white girl named Eileen and is best friends with a Muslim girl named Fatima. The writing is good, the storyline was ok. I have some questions about the ending.

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