Chibundu Onuzo and Sefi Atta for SANKOFA

Loyalty can't wait to celebrate Sankofa with Chibundu Onuzo and Sefi Atta! This event will be held digitally via Crowdcast. Click here to register for the event with a donation of any amount of your choice or you can order the book below to be added to the event's registration list. Donations will go to BLM DC. There will also be an option to snag the book during the event.


A woman wondering who she really is goes in search of a father she never knew—only to find something far more complicated than she ever expected—in this moving and hopeful novel of self-discovery for readers of An American Marriage.

Examing freedom, prejudice, and personal and public inheritance, Sankofa is a story for anyone who has ever gone looking for a clear identity or home, and found something more complex in its place.
Anna is at a stage of her life when she's beginning to wonder who she really is. She has separated from her husband, her daughter is all grown up, and her mother—the only parent who raised her—is dead.

Searching through her mother's belongings one day, Anna finds clues about the African father she never knew. His student diaries chronicle his involvement in radical politics in 1970s London. Anna discovers that he eventually became the president—some would say dictator—of a small nation in West Africa. And he is still alive...

When Anna decides to track her father down, a journey begins that is disarmingly moving, funny, and fascinating. Like the metaphorical bird that gives the novel its name, Sankofa expresses the importance of reaching back to knowledge gained in the past and bringing it into the present to address universal questions of race and belonging, the overseas experience for the African diaspora, and the search for a family's hidden roots.


Chibundu Onuzo was born in Lagos, Nigeria and lives in London. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and regular contributor to The Guardian, she is the winner of a Betty Trask Award, has been shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Commonwealth Book Prize, and the RSL Encore Award, and has been longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and Etisalat Literature Prize. The author of Welcome to LagosSankofa is her third novel.


Sefi Atta is an award-winning Nigerian American novelist, short-story writer, playwright and screenwriter. She is the author of novels Everything Good Will ComeSwallowA Bit of Difference, The Bead Collector and The Bad Immigrant; a short-story collection, News from Home; a children’s book, Drama Queen; and Sefi Atta: Selected Plays.

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Event date: 
Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 6:00pm
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Sankofa: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781646220830
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Catapult - October 5th, 2021

Welcome to Lagos: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781948226219
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Catapult - May 14th, 2019

The Bad Immigrant Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781623719050
Availability: Not In Store - Available to Special Order
Published: Interlink Books - November 2nd, 2021

The Bead Collector Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781623719623
Availability: Not In Store - Available to Special Order
Published: Interlink Books - April 6th, 2020