One Chance Dance

Efua Traore

This is a gorgeously upbeat tale brimming with warmth, hope and positivity set in Lagos, Nigeria.

Joni’s mum has left him in their village to find her destiny in Lagos. When the bulldozers arrive ,Jomi, together with a friendly bushbaby, sets out to find her with the only clue being that she always watches a TV dance competition.

The book is full of descriptions of the sights, sounds and smells of a large African city. It explores the effect of industrialization and highlights the differences between the rich and the poor. However, this is a background to a delightful tale as Jomi and his new friends learn to dance. I liked the unexpected ending too!

Published by Chicken House, 2023 (322 pages)

Reviewed by Rachel Bolton