The Death of Vivek Oji

It takes a village to raise a child. But as Akwaeke Emezi implies in this novel, it takes a culture and its mythologies to erase a child.

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Review of ‘The Death of Vivek Oji’

In Akwaeke Emezi’s brief, remarkable second novel for adults, the reader knows from the start that the central character, Vivek Oji, is dead. After riots in the marketplace of their Nigerian town, Vivek’s mother discovers his naked body placed “like a parcel, like a gift” at the family’s doorstep. Why was he killed? Who killed…

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