Meet our author of the week, Nike Campbell-Fatoki.
–I grew up in Lagos, Nigeria. In 1996, I moved to the United States for my tertiary education. I received a BA in Economics from Howard University and a Master of Arts in International Development from American University, both in Washington DC. I currently live in Burtonsville, Maryland, USA. I am a budget and finance manager at one of the law enforcement agencies in the municipal government in the Washington DC area.
When I knew I wanted to become a writer…
Ever since I was a young girl. I always loved to read and write. I especially loved listening to stories my grandparents told me about their lives and those f their ancestors.
About My Book…
My debut novel, Thread of Gold Beads was released on November 17, 2012. It chronicles the fictional character Amelia, daughter of the last independent King of Danhomè, King Gbèhanzin. She is the apple of her father’s eye, loved beyond measure by her mother, and overprotected by her siblings. She searches for her place within the palace amidst conspirators and traitors to the Kingdom.
Just when Amelia begins to feel at home in her role as a Princess, a well-kept secret shatters the perfect life she knows. Someone else within the palace also knows and does everything to bring the secret to light. A struggle between good and evil ensues causing Amelia to leave all that she knows and loves. She must flee Danhomè with her brother, to south-western Nigeria. In a faraway land, she finds the love of a new family and God. The well-kept secret thought to have been dead and buried, resurrects with the flash of a thread of gold beads. Amelia must fight for her life and what is left of her soul.
The story goes back to the late 1890s and early 1900s during the French-Danhomè war of Benin Republic, and is set in Abeokuta and Lagos, South-Western Nigeria. Thread of Gold Beads is a delicate love story, which depicts the strength of the human spirit in the face of adversities.
Where to Buy My Book
What I do in My Spare Time…
I like to read and write. I also like to watch movies. I love analyzing movies especially the drama and suspense-type movies. I also like personalizing unique favors/giveaways.
My Favorite Writers…
I wouldn’t’ say I have a favorite, but I do enjoy Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Chimamanda Adichie, Wole Soyinka, Marie Elena John, to name a few.
My Favorite Book by an African Author..
I really enjoyed reading Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie
Something Interesting About Me…
I was born in Lvov, Ukraine. That’s always been a conversation starter/ icebreaker for me. I also love making personalized favors packaging. This led to my starting my home-based personalized favors and packaging business in 2011. It’s called Eclectic Goodies.