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Like Water Like Sea
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Sometimes we swim, sometimes we float, other times we are drowning. It’s not always easy to know which is which.

It is the ten-year anniversary of her sister’s death, and Nia is grappling with her grief, and balancing the complicated relationships weaving through her life. There is smart and sexy Temi; Melvin, her teenage love; and her new yet intimate friendship with Rahul and Crystal. But looming large over everything is her mother SuSu, whose battle with bipolar disorder continues to cast a profound shadow over Nia.

Delving deep into the intricate tapestry of Nia’s life, Like Water Like Sea is a poignant tale of self-discovery and resilience, sexuality and motherhood, and falling apart to become truly whole.

…full of so much heart, the compelling cast and the vibrant plot line will keep you turning the page.

– Chinelo Okparanta, author of Under the Udala Trees


…a beautiful exploration of love, sex, lurve and luv in the many permutations life presents us with, it is surprising, seductive and ultimately satisfying.

– Yewande Omotoso, author of An Unusual Grief

…a novel that asks all the necessary questions and is a perfect addition to the queer African literary canon.

– Troy Onyango, author of For What are Butterflies Without their Wings and Founder of Lolwa

…a bold yet subtly rendered exploration of love in all its guises – passionate, platonic and familial.

– Judith Bryan, author of Bernard and the Cloth Monkey


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(c) Josimar Senior

Olumide Popoola is a London-based Nigerian German writer and speaker who presents internationally.

Her novella this is not about sadness was published by Unrast Verlag in 2010. Her play Also by Mail was published in 2013 by Witnessed (edition assemblage) and the short story collection breach, which she co-authored with Annie Holmes, in 2016 by Peirene Press.

Her first full-length novel When we Speak of Nothing was published in the UK and Nigeria in 2017 and in 2018 in the US (Cassava Republic Press).

Her publications also include critical essays, narrative essays, creative non-fiction, hybrid pieces and poetry.

In 2004 she won the May Ayim Award in the category Poetry.


Olumide holds a PhD in Creative Writing, a MA in Creative Writing and a BSc in Ayurvedic Medicine. She has lectured in creative writing at various universities and regularly gives workshops and masterclasses.

She has received grants, fellowships and residencies from Grants for the Arts/Arts Council England, UEL, Djerassi, Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, Hedgebrook and Greenwich University, amongst others.


Olumide is on the editorial board of Riptide Journal.

She is the initiator and leader of the Arts Council funded mentoring scheme for emerging LGBTQ+ writers, The Future is Back.

Her novel, Like Water Like Sea, will be published by Cassava Republic Press May 2024..



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