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A woman wondering who she really is goes in search of a father she never knew – only to find something far more complicated than she ever expected – in this moving and hopeful novel of self-discovery.

‘I LOVED Sankofa SO MUCH’ MARIAN KEYES


Anna is at a stage of her life when she’s beginning to wonder who she really is. She has separated from her husband, her daughter is all grown up, and her mother – the only parent who raised her – is dead.

Searching through her mother’s belongings, she finds clues about the West African father she never knew. Through reading his student diary, chronicling his involvement in radical politics in 1970s London, she discovers that he eventually became the president – some would say the dictator – of Bamana in West Africa. And he is still alive.

She decides to track him down and so begins a funny, painful, fascinating journey, and an exploration of race, identity and what we pass on to our children.

‘Utterly compelling’ STYLIST

‘Slick pacing and unpredictable developments keep the reader alert right up to the novel’s exhilarating ending’ GUARDIAN BOOK OF THE DAY

‘Wonderful. Poignant and powerful and so timely and the beautiful ending had me in tears, reminding me to look within as well as without for my answers’ STELLA DUFFY

Reviews

A hugely compelling novel about identity and the stories we tell about ourselves
Anna James (2021)
I LOVED Sankofa SO MUCH. It explores identity, duality, belonging, racism, post-colonialism ... and the writing style is beguilingly cool, wry, detached
Marian Keyes
Slick pacing and unpredict able developments keep the reader alert right up to the novel's exhilarating ending
Guardian Book of the Day
Onuzo displays astonishing imagination and versatility in this fantastic novel about a woman's search for her personal, familial and national identity, delivered with deadpan humour in captivating prose
Sefi Atta
Wonderful. Poignant and powerful and so timely and the beautiful ending had me in tears, reminding me to look within as well as without for my answers
Stella Duffy, 2021
Utterly compelling ... A disarmingly moving, surprisingly hilarious and fascinating journey
Stylist