I’ll Call My Brother For You! is a story that follows the life of a nine-year-old boy as he struggles with the psychological challenges of being an only child and how this ‘aloneness’ begins to affect him mentally, because of his knack for deep introspection, and it is manifested in a physical feeling of a pulling sensation in his chest whenever he sees other people with their siblings. He thus becomes obsessed with a strong desire to have a sibling of his own (which sometimes he sees as nothing but an object to be possessed), and this obsession is in a constant tussle, for expression, with the ‘pulling feeling’ in his chest, while he struggles to make sense of his relationships with his parents, friends, domestic staff, and even a pet puppy, and how they relate and respond to his daily struggles.
Olubunmi Familoni has written plays, screenplays, and short fiction. His debut collection of stories, Smithereens of Death, won the ANA/Abubakar Gimba Prize for Short Stories in 2015; his debut play, Every Single Day, was selected by the British Council for production as part of the Lagos Theatre Festival in 2016. His work has appeared in Bakwa Magazine, Panorama Journal, Jalada Africa, Kikwetu Literary Journal, Afridiaspora Anthology, Ake Review, among other publications. He lives in Ibadan, Nigeria, where he works on radio.