They Have No Birthday explores a theme that has perplexed philosophers, thinkers, and writers from the Book of Job till today: Why does life deal an innocent person so many unending blows?’ Yes, life is unpredictable and sometimes harsh and unfair, the reader is forced to admit. Subtly, They Have No Birthday also touches on the importance of treating all human beings with dignity and respect. If you don’t, you may pay dearly, the novel seems to caution.
We follow the unfolding, heartrending tragedy of the life of delectable and young Boma Jack as life takes her on an unforgettable rollercoaster ride characterised by mindboggling highs and lows. Born into an affluent middle class family; her father is a senior diplomat in Nigeria’s embassy in France. We experience thrills, pain, deep anxiety and even fear as we follow her descent from the inner circle of Parisian high society to a position as a servant in the household of a Nigerian university don. All through the tale, we are encouraged by the fact that in life, no condition is permanent!