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Join us on Sunday, September 24th at 8:00pm ET via Zoom for a talk with Nike Campbell as she discusses her historical fiction novel, Saro, which follows the journey of captured Nigerian natives as a arrive in the free land of Sierra Leone in the 1830s.

Here is an excerpt from the forward of Nike Campbell’s 2022 novel, Saro:
On a visit to the coast of Marina, Lagos, Şiwoolu and his young family are lured by a traitor to a grand merchant ship where they are captured by slave holders masquerading as traders. On the way to the new world, they are rescued by abolitionists on a British naval ship, and sent to Freetown, a haven for freed slaves.

They settle in their new home, grow their family and become successful merchants, trading goods between Freetown and Eko (Lagos). Dotunu, Şiwoolu’s wife falls in love with another man and is caught in a love triangle. But their lives are upended again when they hear that the kingdom has selected the traitor as king.

Saro is a multi-generational take of betrayal and restitution, love and war, inspired by true events that will take the reader from the rocky terrain of Abeokuta and the burgeoning city of Lagos to the lion mountains of Freetown and Hastings, Sierra Leone from the 1830s to the 1850s.

Author Biography

Nikẹ Campbell is a Nigerian-American born in Lviv, Ukraine and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. She was a finalist for the 2018 Red Hen Press Fiction Award for her historical fiction manuscript. A selection of her short stories from her collection Bury Me Come Sunday Afternoon have been adapted for film which have won international awards. She is the author of the historical fiction Thread of Gold Beads. Saro is her second work of historical fiction. Nikẹ is based in Florida with her family.

If interested, please pre-register for the Zoom talk

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This is a free event and we hope you can attend!

Take care,
Michael Lee, President
Friends of Sierra Leone