Dilman Dila’s newest novella A Fledgling Abiba, published by Guardbridge Books is now available for lovers of African writing.
Dilman Dila is a filmmaker who has been shortlisted and won a variety of awards like at the Uganda Film Festival, African Magic Viewers Choice Awards, and the Africa Movie Academy Awards. He is also a writer whose short stories have been in the running for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, the Short Story Day Africa prize, and the Nommo Awards.
In 2013, he had the two novellas Cranes Crest at Sunset published by Storymoja Publishers and The Terminal Move published by Fox & Raven Publishing. In 2014, he followed these with his debut short story collection A Killing in the Sun published by Black Letter Media.
The Ugandan’s newest offering to the world is A Fledgling Abiba, a novella published by Guardbridge Books. The book’s blurb goes thus;
An orphaned teenage girl tries to survive on her own and understand her magical powers while a sorcerous plague sweeps the country. She may hold the key to its cure, but what she really wants is somewhere she can call home and family.
This story by Ugandan author and film-maker Dilman Dila starts in a realistic setting that becomes more and more fantastic as it goes, drawing us into his world of magic and spirits.
Dila shared this information on his Facebook on Saturday, April 4 revealing that the cover was designed by Charity Atukunda.
“Yes!! Time to celebrate (in spite of COVID)! After about 6 years, here is my new book. A novella. Dark fantasy. Yes, the Abiba in the title is the Abiba you heard about in your childhood — those people who fly with fire blazing out of their a*ses. I like to think of them as dragon-people. Show me some love and grab a copy. Less than $3 for the ebook. The cover is by the amazing Charity (Atukunda)!” he said.
For more information about the new title, please click here.