Cover Photo: This is a colorful illustration of a Black woman sitting in a blue chair with a child on her lap. The child's dress has American flags on it. There are two plants on either side of the chair and the drawing has many patterns.
Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult

The Americanization of Kambili

I hissed the words at her. “This, your America, it will kill you.”

You better survive this thing, Hapumkambili, Get up and put the devil to shame.

Tochi Eze is a Nigerian writer. She holds a degree in Law, and an MFA in Creative Writing.