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A Second Excerpt from Moky Makura’s Home Away Story

Home AwayThe Mail & Guardian published a longer excerpt of Moky Makura’s Home Away story than the one that you’ll find in the Scribd embed below. It’s situated in Nigeria and called “The Generator Man”. Enjoy this second taste!

With or without electricity, my favourite city in the entire world is not dissimilar to a series of quick, sharp slaps to the cheek. Once the initial shock is over, it’s an experience you won’t forget in a hurry and, although you can’t argue that it is fun at the time, you have to admit that it is probably unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.

And that’s Lagos. A city that’s as alive at 7am as it is at 7pm. A place where a day seems to last longer than the usual twenty-four hours, where at 7am you feel like you’re already halfway through it. The trick is to find ways of avoiding the sharp slaps that you know are coming.

My first slap of the day comes at 7.01. I wake up suddenly to the sound of a street fight brewing outside my open bedroom window. I listen intently; the fog of sleep quickly lifts and my mind and body are alert, ready for a day in Lagos.

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