17th June / Wahala: Nikki May in conversation with Kadija Sesay

17th June / Wahala: Nikki May in conversation with Kadija Sesay

Join Nikki May, author of Wahala, in conversation with Kadija Sesay

‘Fast-paced, funny, shocking, unputdownable. I loved it.' Paula Hawkins, author of Girl on the Train, on Wahala

Wahala has been described as Sex and the City with a killer edge for fans of Big Little Lies and My Sister, The Serial Killer. This gripping novel of friendship and revenge follows the lives of Ronke, Simi and Boo – three mixed-race friends living in London, all with ties to Lagos. Author Nikki May will be in conversation with Kadija Sesay about Wahala, talking about the writing of friendship, food, fashion and family.

About the speakers

Born in Bristol and raised in Lagos, Nikki May is Anglo-Nigerian. At twenty, she dropped out of medical school, moved to London, and began a career in advertising, going on to run a successful agency. Her debut novel Wahala was inspired by a long lunch with friends. It was published around the world in January 2022 to rave reviews and is being turned into a major BBC drama. She lives in Dorset with her husband, two standard schnauzers and way too many books.

Kadija Sesay is a Sierra Leone/British literary activist. She has (co)edited several anthologies of work by writers of African and Asian descent in poetry, drama and fiction. She has also published her own creative writing in anthologies, such as New Daughters of Africa. She is the series editor for the Inscribe/Peepal Tree fiction and poetry anthologies and they published her poetry collection, Irki (2013). She is co-founder of Mboka Festival of Arts, Culture and Sport in Gambia and founder of the AfriPoetTree app. She has received awards and honorary fellowships for her work in the creative arts and a doctorate in Black British Publishing.

About the event

Africa Writes – Exeter is brought to you by the Royal African Society and Saseni! working in partnership with the University of Exeter, local independent bookshop Bookbag and Roots Resistance.

Africa Writes – Exeter has been launched through Exeter’s UNESCO City of Literature Programme.

Friday 17th June / 6pm / Free - register here



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