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The Mechanics of Yenagoa: BN Contributor Micheal Afenfia has a New Book on the Way!



Micheal Afenfia - Mechanics of Yenagoa

Yay! BN Features contributor, Michael Afenfia has a new book on the way and we are so thrilled!

The Mechanics of Yenagoa was a weekly blog series that captivated people all over the country and it is now a novel.

The book tells the story of Ebinimi, star mechanic of Kalakala Street – a man with a hapless knack for getting in and out of trouble. Some of his troubles are self-inflicted: like his recurring entanglements in love triangles; and his unauthorized joyriding of a customer’s car which sets off a chain of dire events involving drugs, crooked politicians, and assassins. Other troubles are caused by the panorama of characters in his life, like: his sister and her dysfunctional domestic situation; the three other mechanics he employs; and the money-loving preacher who has all but taken over his home.

The story is fast-paced with surprising twists and a captivating plot – a Dickenesque page-turner. This is Ebinimi’s story but it is about a lot more than him. It is an exploration of the dynamics between working-class people as they undertake a colourful tour of Yenagoa – one of Nigeria’s lesser-known cities – while using humour, sex, and music, as coping mechanisms for the everyday struggle. The Mechanics of Yenagoa is a modern classic tale of small lives navigating a big city.

Michael Afenfia is also the author of When the Moon Caught Fire, A Street Called Lonely and Don’t Die on Wednesday.

Watch Michael talk about his book:

The soon-to-be-released book is published by Masobe Books.

Have you missed any of Michaels Afenfia’s articles? Read them here, here, here, here, here and.. here!


  1. Uche

    January 10, 2020 at 11:57 am

    Nice one. I think i need this one

  2. Fleur

    January 10, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    please sell on Amazon

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