Though born in Bakau, The Gambia, ML Kejera was raised in Dakar, Dammam, and Tunis. He is currently based in Illinois. His work has previously been published in Strange Horizons, adda, LARB, The Cafe Irreal, and The Nation. He was the first Gambian shortlisted for the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. He is the first Gambian recipient of the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship.
The Dictator’s Eidolon is a novel set within The Gambia and its diaspora. The main character is Ndey Aida, a woman raised in the diaspora. She is haunted by the eidolon of Yahya Jammeh, the former Gambian president and dictator. My focus is the 22 years of dictatorship under Jammeh, from July 1994 to January 2017, which has been investigated by The Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations Commission (TRRC). The novel will be heavily reliant on the griot tradition.