You might wonder: ‘could these stories be true experiences of the author?
Yes or No, it doesn’t matter. The words in the texts that Bodé Owa has written for Intimate Negrociations are not cloaked in any glamorous gowns, they are bare naked. They release a reality which confronts without aggressive shouting or fierce moralising.
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Bodé is passionate about social justice and equity, about his culture and continent, about the world. It is very obvious in this book which contains love notes to Africa, and which, though filled with humor, doesn’t shy away from uncomfortable topics like racism and the continuing legacies of colonialism. Negotiations invite us into its writer's rage and into his passion and challenge us to work for a better world.
/// biography /// Bode Owa was born in Lagos, Nigeria but now lives in Antwerp, Belgium. He attended St. Finbarr’s college, Lagos, Jazz studio, Antwerp and Het Hoger Instituut voor dans, Lier, where he later lectured for five years. He has travelled extensively as a freelance actor, dancer and musician. He wrote and staged the plays, Black Vlaming, Towering Trees, Visible roots, Negrociations... He is an avid realist. softcover 115 x 165 mm / 4.5 x 6.5 inches (portrait) 160 pages Editor: Griet Menschaert Author: Bode Owa Graphic: Celine Hurka Published by Onomatopee