Nike Campbell-Fatoki’s latest book published this year, Bury Me Come Sunday Afternoon, is a contemporary short story collection comprised of ten short stories about Nigerians living in Nigeria and the Diaspora. “The stories address societal issues that we experience or witness daily – mental illness, religious fanaticism, child sexual molestation, domestic abuse, to name a few,” Campbell-Fatoki wrote in her email response to me.
Nike happens to be a very well-rounded woman on the move. Born to Nigerian parents I became interested in her philanthropic work with Our Paths to Greatness, and her published works including her first Threads of Gold Beads and now Bury Me Come Sunday Afternoon. In this email interview I focus on why she decided to write and publish her second book, why we should read it, and what it means for her and her Nigerian heritage. Read on.
We celebrate the release of your new book [Bury Me Come Sunday Afternoon], can you tell us a bit about it?
Each story echoes my thinking when I was writing them – that what you see is not necessarily what you get. You must look beyond the surface. What really drives people? What motivates them, and explains why they do what they do? Is there an underlying factor? The villain you think you know may actually be a victim or vice versa. We must take time to get to know people and stop assuming. I hope that when readers finish the stories, they are provoked to do this – look beyond the surface, only then can we begin to find solutions to our societal issues.
Why did you write Bury Me Come Sunday Afternoon?
The stories focus on social issues that we face daily but do not readily speak about. We are so eager to jump on issues of world hunger, free trade, national GDP–macroeconomic issues, but we fail to address the issues that affect us directly, our daily struggles as individuals. I want readers to look into the face of what they fear and call it by name. Only then can we begin to address them and find solutions.
It is a book of short stories, can you share a paragraph or sentence from the book?
“How will you look to your neighbors, your family, and your co-workers if you leave your husband? Is marriage not for better or for worse? Let me tell you how you will look Biola – irresponsible! A woman needs a man by her side, otherwise she is nothing! I cannot speak for separating a husband and wife whom God has joined together. I will hold my peace on that. I will only appeal to you to be patient. Be prayerful. He will change. My daughter, please.” – Excerpt from a Brewing Storm.
Her 2016 ongoing events
Nike is currently in Nigeria on a book signing/book launch, check her Facebook page to find out more. For those in the Washington, D.C. area (or if you just want to take a trip down, you are most welcome) the book signing and release party will be held in the Washington D.C. area in August.
About Nike Campbell-Fatoki
Nike Campbell-Fatoki is an author and social change entrepreneur. She has published two books to date; Thread of Gold Beads, in 2012, and her second book, Bury Me Come Sunday Afternoon this July. As a social change entrepreneur she is the founder of, Our Paths to Greatness (OPTG) a community that is focused on connecting people in Diaspora.
Campbell-Fatoki was born to Nigerian parents. Both parents met and trained to be medical doctors in Lvov, Ukraine. She is the second of four children. She spent her formative years in Lagos, Nigeria listening to stories and folktales told by her maternal grandparents. She currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband and three sons. Before starting her life as an entrepreneur she studied and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Howard University, Washington, D.C. and a Master of Arts degree in International Development from American University, Washington, D.C.