Looking For Bono
Published: 29th October 2020 A sparkling satire on international aid and celebrity, Looking for Bono charts one man's accidental quest to bring water to his community. Baba is a semi-literate man living a simple life centred on the local auto repair shop in Palemo, how he will find his next meal and an obsession with his disinterested, Nollywood star-wannabe wife Munira and her voluptuous body. Baba is acutely aware of the water corruption that has left him, on occasion, without so much as a drop to even brush his teeth. One day on the news, a story about international humanitarian Bono flashes onscreen. Bono is in Africa to do good and like a thunderbolt, Baba decides that Bono is the answer to all of his problems. Once Bono hears about the local water issues he will want to step in and convince the president of Nigeria to end the corruption. Once the water is flowing, Baba can clean up and Munira will set her sights a little closer to home. Before he knows it, Baba is a celebrity being feted by the Lagos media and Munira has turned into his virtuous wife. Will the ensuing media storm engulf Baba as he is launched into a world of high stakes foreign aid dealings and competing interests? Or will he return to his simple life with water for his community and the renewed affections of his Munira? Publisher: Jacaranda ISBN: 9781913090227
Our Curators said...
A dark, satirical, and ultimately heart-warming book about one man’s quest to help his impoverished community.
Ayobami Adebayo- Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀
What the Critics are Saying
Looking for Bono may seem like a novel full of hijinks: there's a scene involving a domestic helper which is straight out of a Carry On film... However it goes much deeper. Other than the theme of media manipulation, the book also focuses on abuse, corruption and social class.
Looking For Bono