Only Big Bum Bum Matters Tomorrow

Nigeria, 2021. Three days after her father’s burial, 20-year-old Temi and her family gather for the reading of his will. There, before her grieving relatives, she announces her plan to get a Brazilian butt-lift and relocate to Lagos to finally live her dream life. Young women everywhere are transforming their bodies, so, why shouldn’t she?

Stunned and appalled by Temi’s outburst, the family scramble for help from the community that helped raise her: aunties Jummai and Big Mommy, the family doctor, a prophet – anyone who might help the girl see sense. In the midst of this pandemonium, each woman in the family is forced to reckon with her own body shape and how looks have determined her path in life. As they embark on their journey to cure Temi of her seeming madness, a few family secrets are spilled, and in the end, it seems that Temi may in fact be the sanest of them all…

Damilare Kuku has worked as a radio presenter, scriptwriter, film producer, actor and director. She holds bachelors and masters degrees in the arts, has lectured at universities on feminism and the art of storytelling through pictures, and has spoken at mentorship events organized by the United Nations for young girls in Lagos. Her debut collection of stories, Nearly All The Men In Lagos Are Mad, was a runaway bestseller in her native Nigeria, named by Rovingheights Bookstore as the bestselling fiction title of 2022. She is represented by Charlotte Seymour at Johnson and Alcock.