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Thesis Defence: It’s Complicated: A Novel-In-Stories

March 15 at 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Miracle Adebayo, supervised by Professor Anne Fleming, will defend their thesis titled “It’s Complicated: A Novel-In-Stories” in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.

An abstract for Miracle Adebayo’s thesis is included below.

Defences are open to all members of the campus community as well as the general public. Registration is not required for in person defences.


It’s Complicated is a novel-in-stories that delves into the lives of Ndidi and Nonye, two Nigerian women bound by their families’ complications. Ndidi navigates the complexities of caring for her older autistic sibling while Nonye deals with a loss that sends her back in time searching for answers. Against the backdrop of cultural nuances, societal and family expectations, Ndidi and Nonye find strength in their circumstances, and in their mistakes. Through the lens of autism and personal tragedy, the story explores the power of motherhood, forgiveness, family bonds, love and the complicatedness of the relationships.

This thesis seeks to open up conversations about autism and the families that struggle within the African context and by extension the global context. It’s complicated tackles delicate issues that center on mental health, women, families and what it means to be a mother in our society.


March 15
9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Creative and Critical Studies Building (CCS)
1148 Research Road
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7 Canada
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