First Line of Attack
The first lines of the novel
“Furo Wariboko awoke this morning to find that dreams can lose their way and turn up on the wrong side of sleep. “
Arena of War
The setting and the situation of the story
Setting: Modern day Lagos, Nigeria.
Premise: The novel explores what it is like to be a black man in a white man’s body as it follows the story of Furo Wariboko who wakes one morning to discover he has turned into a white man.
Personnel on the Battlefield
The main characters
- Furo Wariboko/Frank Whyte: The story centers around Furo when he wakes up one morning to find that he has become a white man overnight. He starts to take advantage of all the privileges of being white. He goes from an unemployed black man with no prospects to a white man with a senior position in a company that he is completely underqualified for.
- Igoni/Morpheus: Furo meets a writer who has also undergone a physical transformation, from a man to a woman and who becomes fascinated by the white Nigerian and tracks down Furo’s family.
- Sareeta: Furo meets Sareeta who make him her kept man, feeds him and buys him clothes in order to be able to show her white friend Furo off to all of her friends
The plot and key sub-plots
Unemployed Furo/Frank wakes up on the morning of his job interview to find that his is white. He heads to the interview as scheduled despite his new condition and is offered a senior level position rather than the one he applied for despite not being qualified. The novel follows him as his life improves as a white man and he is suddenly overwhelmed with respect and adoration.