German Calendar No December is a candid and reflective coming-of-age tale about learning to navigate the world with the help of good music, good books, good friends and a touch of courage.

Olivia Evezi’s childhood is a happy one; her days are spent listening to highlife records and poring over colourful postcards from her mother’s homeland of Germany. When she leaves smalltown Warri behind to live out her Enid Blyton fantasies in a boarding school in Lagos, instead of adventure and lacrosse, she is met with punishments, endless chores and hazing rituals.

Olivia’s restlessness takes her to Germany, her mother’s homeland, where she is thrown into a hidden world of workers and migrants; a world of constant vigilance, where a piece of paper can hold the key to survival. Olivia finds that she is destined to always be an outsider – and so must learn to define herself and her place in the world beyond the labels that have been given to her: exotic, foreign, oyinbo.


Sylvia Ofili is a writer and teacher currently based in Stockholm. She was born in Lagos, of Nigerian/Hungarian parents and her writing has appeared in the Guardian Nigeria and Brittle Paper. German Calendar No December is her first full-length graphic novel.

Birgit Weyhe is a comic book artist. Born in Munich, she spent her childhood in East Africa before moving back to Germany to study. Her work has been exhibited in numerous European countries and her comics have been published in a wide range of international magazines and anthologies. She has lectured at various international workshops on behalf of the Goethe Insitut and currently teaches at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences.

Author portrait © Sabine Reinecke

German Calendar No December is published in paperback and eBook by Cassava Republic Press.
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