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Allow Me to Introduce Myself

Onyi Nwabineli
Photo of Onyi Nwabineli, credit: Precious Mayowa Agbabiaka and image of book cover: Allow Me to Introduce Myself

Venue:

Art Exchange, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park
Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Tickets:
£8
£7 concessions (Students, Under 27s and Unwaged)
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Onyi Nwabineli, Allow Me to Introduce Myself

Put away your phone and get ready to rethink your ‘harmless’ social media habit, in this darkly hilarious page-turner from an exciting new voice.

Anuri’s stepmother, Ophelia, is the ultimate ‘mumfluencer’. Throughout Anuri’s childhood, she catalogued every minute, milestone and carefully curated family outing on social media. Ophelia’s fans could be forgiven for wondering why Anuri spends much of her time insulting men online for money, battling the call of alcohol, running from a PhD application, and reminding herself that she is now allowed to choose her own outfits. But when she sees her little sister being pushed down the same rocky path by Ophelia, she decides to take back control. Her stepmother, however, isn’t giving up without a fight.

Monday 13 May 6.00pm
Venue: Art Exchange, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Tickets: £8 / £7 concessions (Students, Under 27s and Unwaged)
Box Office: essexbookfestival.org.uk or Mercury Theatre 01206 573948

Allow Me to Introduce Myself

Published 23rd May 2024

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What would you do if your entire life has been photographed, documented, monetised, liked and shared?

From the author of Someday, Maybe comes a darkly hilarious comedy about leaving social media and finding yourself

Aṅụrị’s stepmother, Ophelia, is the ultimate ‘mumfluencer’. Throughout Aṅụrị’s childhood, she catalogued every minute, milestone and carefully curated family outing on social media, cultivating a devoted – and sizeable – following.

Now Aṅụrị is twenty-five years old and her life looks pretty perfect from the outside. Ophelia’s fans could be forgiven for wondering why Aṅụrị spends much of her time insulting men online for money, battling the call of alcohol, running away from her PhD application, and reminding herself that Ophelia doesn’t choose her outfits any more.

Aṅụrị might have cut ties with Ophelia, but when she sees her little sister being pushed into the same spotlight, she knows it’s time to act. With so much at stake however, her stepmother won’t give up without a fight.

Get ready to question your ‘harmless’ social media habit in this stunning second novel from one of the most exciting new voices in fiction.

 

 

 

About the Author

Onyi Nwabineli is a Nigerian-British writer and headwrap aficionado. Born in Benin, Nigeria, she grew up in Glasgow, the Isle of Man and Newcastle, and now liv es in London. Onyi is the co-founder of Surviving Out Loud, a fund that pr ovides financial support for survivors of sexual assault, and the founder of Black P ens, a writing retreat for Black women. Her debut novel, Someday, Maybe, was published by Magpie in 2022.

 

www.onyi-nwabineli.com

 

Photo of Onyi Nwabineli. Credit: Precious Mayowa Agbabiaka

 

Photo of Onyi Nwabineli © Precious Mayowa Agbabiaka

 

 

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Art Exchange, University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park
Colchester, CO4 3SQ
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