2017 Tutu Fellow Mitoha Ondo'o Ayekaba, has published his first novel, titled Claro de Luna, at an event of the Association of Spanish Writers and Artists, in Madrid, Spain. The presentation ceremony took place on June 13 and counted amongst the audience personalities from the Spanish cultural and political world. Guillermina Mekuy, a local writer and businesswoman, read from the novel together with Emilio Porta, the Deputy Secretary of the Association of Spanish Writers and Artists. During the reading, the two gave voice to the characters in the novel.
Claro de Luna is an urban novel that takes us through the thoughts and life of its characters who exist in both a real and mythical dimension. Although one might imagine it is a romance, from the title, it is written from a perpective that includes both the real lives of its characters, as well as channels the needs and dreams of Africa. The book is hopeful and references the ancestral cultural richness accumulated since the origin of mankind.
Critics have described Claro de Luna as demonstrating the extraordinary literary skills of its author, and is a big departure from the kind of work for which Mitoha till now has been better known for. He has worked in government, has academic qualifications in management and public policy, has been a Deputy Minister of Health and Social Welfare in Equatorial Guinea, and has run anti-malaria research trials. And now he is a novelist.