Bom Boy by Yewande Omotoso
Bom Boy received the First Time Published Author Award at the S.A. Literary Awards 2012 and was shortlisted for the 2013 Etisalat Prize for Literature.
Leke is a troubled young man living in the suburbs of Cape Town. He develops strange habits of stalking people, stealing small objects and going from doctor to doctor in search of companionship rather than cure. Through a series of letters written to him by his Nigerian father whom he has never met, Leke learns about a family curse; a curse which his father had unsuccessfully tried to remove. Bom Boy is a well-crafted, and complex narrative written with a sensitive understanding of both the smallness and magnitude of a single life.