My latest novel, Achieving Superpersonhood: Three East African Lives, has just been released. Three young, black East Africans, Kamiri, Dorothy and Hassan, of dissimilar backgrounds, struggle with hard times and become friends in their intersecting searches for a demanding yet satisfying personal identity – what Nietzsche called ‘super personhood’. Two voices are heard throughout: the One, likely the voice of God, and the Other, probably Satan’s voice, as they offer conflicting guidance on achieving alternative identities.
Kamiri, a dirt-poor, but likable and intelligent migrant, who was raised in the tribal faith, is drawn to the city where he joins his brother in the drugs trade. Disgusted, he finds work in an abattoir, but his comradeship with Hassan leads him into professional football. Kamiri’s jealous brother, Warari, turned terrorist, shoots him in the knee, ending his athletic career, and he returns to the solace of the wilderness as a park ranger. Accidentally, he kills an ivory poacher and faces prosecution until Hassan’s older, half-brother hires him to work as a ranger in an up-market safari park. Can Kamiri become the park’s general manager, and can he marry Dorothy?
Dorothy, a college graduate from a professional, middle class, Christian family is an impatient idealist who is unsure whether her future lies on politics or medicine. As an intern working for an MP, she becomes involved in a sting on corrupt exploitation of a diamond mine. Realising that the low ethical standards of politics are an obstacle for her, she opts for medicine, only to be raped by a senior doctor. Her faith in medicine is also shaken, but she mounts a civil suit and media campaign in retaliation for her humiliation. Can she find success and happiness as a doctor, and whom will she marry: Kamiri or Hassan?
Hassan, of doubtful parentage, is the youngest child in a rich and powerful Muslim family. Lonely, insecure and drifting at university, he joins Dorothy in a political protest which goes wrong for him: he receives a two-year suspended jail sentence. While helping Dorothy in the mining sting, he trespasses on a claim, and fearful of being sent to prison, he immerses himself in suspect Islamic studies and is misled into a terrorist organisation. Appalled by the terrorists’ values and deeds, he escapes to Kamiri who provides him with a safe haven while he considers his options. Hassan’s father is able to place him in the Army’s officer candidate school. Will Hassan make a good Army officer, and will he marry Dorothy?
The setting is current in the startling diversity (cultural, economic, social and political) that is East Africa.
If you would like to read Achieving Superpersonhood, I will send free copies to the first twenty-five of you who send your postal address to firstname.lastname@example.org. What I ask in return is that you write a review. Happy reading!