Farad

by Emmanuel Iduma

KSh 1,230

Farad by Emmanuel Iduma, named for the unit of an electrical charge, is a novella that cuts laser-like through a multilayered society. Touching biographies of ordinary citizens—young academics and ageing psychologists, Christian editors and call girls, strange women and music artistes—told in stylish, interrupted narratives, are woven into a detailed mosaic of modern Nigeria. Reminiscent of Plutarch’s Parallel Lives, Farad eases to a climax when key characters from individual stories become participants in a conflict at a University Chapel—a conflict in which the nature of power is tested. Farad is an assemblage of fresh narratives woven around simple questions and open-ended complexities. It is, ultimately, a story of love and essence.

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Emmanuel Iduma

Emmanuel Iduma is co-founder of Saraba Magazine, editor of 3bute, and Director of Research & Concept Development of Invisible Borders. He is co-editor of the forthcoming anthology of interviews and short stories Gambit: Newer African Writing (The Mantle/McNally Jackson). In 2011 and 2012, he was in-house writer/blogger for the Invisible Borders Trans-African road trip from Lagos to Addis Ababa and Libreville respectively. He was longlisted for the Kwani? Manuscript Prize in 2013. In 2012 and 2013, Iduma was curator of TEDxIfe which brought together eminent Nigerians from the creative industry. Following the success of his events, he was awarded a Gates Foundation Fellowship to attend the TEDGlobal Conference in Edinburgh in June 2013.