The Returnees

The Returnees is a contemporary novel about the first year experiences of three British-Nigerians who leave London to move to Lagos. The central character is an adventurous 25year-old who was born in Lagos, but has not returned for many years. A year after she does, she must confront the secret behind the paternity of her child.

Wrapped around this self-discovery tale, is a vivid portrait of the electrifying and mysterious city of Lagos, home to many in Africa’s most populous nation.

Written with stylistic verve, The Returnees is a robust portrayal of contemporary Lagos and of three lives that intersect in a story ultimately about love, self-identity and belonging. ​​​​​​​


The Returnees has been acquired by Hodder & Stoughton and will be published in April 2020. Here’s an excerpt from the press release: 

“The Returnees is a story that bolted into my life and I immediately knew it was a story I was called to tell. I was ecstatic when I found out that there was someone else who got the story and loves it as much as I do,” said Okoh.

Toon, the book’s editor, said it was Okoh’s voice and command of plot and characterisation that really stood out. “I love how she whisks the reader away to Lagos and examines the nuances of British Nigerian experience, bringing poignancy, humour and surprises along the way. I am really looking forward to working with her,” she said.

Read the full press release.​​​​​​​