Author: Oyinkan Braithwaite
Series: Hush Collection #2
Publisher: Amazon Original Stories
First Published: July 30, 2020
Genres: Dark Comedy, Satire, Thriller
Source: Prime Reading
A darkly comic short story of class divide, the lives we invent, and the very real risks of preserving an Insta-fame facade by the award-winning author of My Sister, the Serial Killer.
Treasure is a wannabe Instagram influencer in Lagos, Nigeria. She shows off a luxurious life in a gated community that her almost five thousand followers can only dream of. @Sho4Sure is determined to be part of it. The macho mechanic is Treasure’s number one fan, and double taps and blushing emojis are no longer enough. He needs to meet her in the flesh. If only Treasure were more prepared for destiny.Also in this series: Snowflakes, Slow Burner, The Gift
Treasure is just that, a treasure! A darkly funny Nigerian satire and thriller, it delves into the glamorous world of social media and influencer culture. Treasure is single-minded in building her follower count as a form of validation, playing into a misguided fantasy of celebrity stardom. Her narrative is dizzying, detailing every small detail of building her online persona to present herself as a #queen.
“It could easily be mistaken for a candid picture by the untrained eye—but she is holding her tummy in, turning her chin just so. She had to reapply the lip goss several times because it dried easily and you could not see the sheen in the picture. And she still added the Juno filter to make the picture more vibrant.”
@Sho4Sure is an every day SIMP, thrilled at the opportunity to meet gorgeous women through social media. He feels a connection through her pictures, and constantly follows her posts. He is deeply misogynistic, a “traditional” Nigerian man that feels entitled to Treasure’s body when he decides that he can just walk into her life and take her as a wife.
“She is always smiling in her pictures. He smiles back at her.”
This little short reinforced everything that I hate about social media culture and the false reality that we often perceive it to be. It is a sharp and cutting criticism of our society’s obsession with individuality, consumerism, and selfie culture. Anyone can be an Instagram model with the right clothes, lighting, filters, and photoshop. It’s easy to lose touch to the true reality of life and the people in it. There’s a lot to love about this story and I laughed at the ridiculous and depressing insanity of it all.
- Pros: Clever satire about social media obsession and Nigerian culture.
- Cons: Humor will be missed and language will be off-putting for those unfamiliar with Nigerian culture.
- Warnings: Violence