The Beginning of Everything Colourful by Nwelue Onyeka revolves around the stories of Mexican and Japanese man, who met at the departure lounge of an Airport while awaiting their connecting flight to Tokyo. The Japanese man talks about his restaurant business in Nigeria, his daughter Aiko who likes Nigerian men, his son Hachiro who loves Nigerian music. The Mexican speaks about his abusive childhood, his affair with a nun, his marriage, and his days on the street. Their stories take us to Lille, Paris, New York, New Delhi, Lagos, Tel Aviv and to Tokyo.
It is a gripping novel that reflects religious fanaticism, psychological abuse, marital infidelity, family relationships. It incorporates facts into fiction with huge reference to the influence of music on culture. Whereby, real characters are side by side with fictional ones. It is filled with amusing ironies about race, cultures, religion and politics.
About the Author
Onyeka Nwelue was born on January 31, 1988. He is a Nigerian writer, cultural entrepreneur, filmmaker and professor. He is best known for his novel The Abyssinian Boy, which won the TM Aluko Prize for Fiction. He is a recipient of the Prince Claus Ticket Grant in 2013 and has been nominated a couple of times for The Future Awards Africa.
Nwelue is an assistant professor and Visiting Fellow of African Literature and Studies at the English Language Department of the Faculty of Humanities, Manipur University in Imphal, India. He is also a Research Fellow at the Center for International Studies, Ohio University, where he spends time in Athens, Ohio.