Etiaba, a village schoolteacher, loses his job and moves to the capital city and its world of prayer contractors and hope merchants. Mzilikazi’s is the story of the homeless spectre, a boy soldier, the fugitive, the exile – a black South African dislocated under the Apartheid regime. Nadia is a radical student of photography at the American University in Cairo. She becomes a photojournalist and takes the picture of an Islamist terrorist, an act that endangers her.
These three characters eventually escape from Africa, but Africa is in a sense inescapable.