The Fishermen - Chapter 10: The Fungus Summary & Analysis

Chigozie Obioma
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Boja was the fungus Ben told about in Chapter 10. While the title sounds mean or offensive, Ben actually explained how Boja did have a fungal problem. Fungi in his kidneys made Boja wet the bed until he was 12 years old. Mother thought he was under an evil spell and she prayed for him and anointed his mattress with holy oil. Still, Boja wet the bed.

Just like a person can have a fungus and not know it, Boja lived (figuratively) for four days after Ikenna's death on the family's compound and was never seen. He appeared in their dreams and sometimes Mother thought she caught glimpses of him. Fliers were posted around town seeking his whereabouts and the fact that he was missing was heavily televised on area news stations.

In retelling the story of Boja's birth, Ben shared that Ikenna's death...

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