by Rotimi Babatunde.
In Bombay’s Republic, we follow African soldiers into the war-torn jungles of Burma, fighting Hitler’s allies on behalf of the British. Rotimi Babatunde’s Bombay’s Republic is one of five stories shortlisted for this year’s CainePrize, Africa’s leading literary award, now in its thirteenth year.
The old jailhouse on the hilltop had remained uninhabited for many decades, through the construction of the town’s first grammar school and the beginning of house-to-house harassment from the affliction called sanitary inspectors, through the laying of the railway tracks by navvies who likewise succeeded in laying pregnancies in the bellies of several lovestruck girls, but fortunes changed for the building with the return of Colour Sergeant Bombay, the veteran who went off with the recruitment officers to Hitler’s War as a man and came back a spotted leopard…
Bio: Rotimi Babatunde’s fiction and poems have been published in Africa, Europe and America in journals which include Die Aussenseite des Elementes and Fiction on the Web and in anthologies including Little Drops, Daybreak on the Land and A Volcano of Voices. He is a winner of the Meridian Tragic Love Story Competition organised by the BBC World Service and was awarded the Cyprian Ekwensi Prize for Short Stories by the Abuja Writers Forum (AWF). His plays have been staged and presented by institutions which include