Felix is a dear friend of Uncle Bob, who picked up Bob on the side of a highway late one night when his vehicle was broken down and drove him safely back to Atlanta. That’s how you make lasting friends!
The Parrot Matchmaker is the first in a planned series of fiction and nonfiction books by Felix Oguntoye, drawing on the rich heritage of his Yoruba childhood and young adulthood in Nigeria.
The grandson of two different Yoruba Nigerian traditional healers and medicine men who could call to the spirits of lost souls across great distances and harsh conditions, Felix Ogontoye grew up in a westernized household within a traditional coastal village in Nigeria. Listening to the village storytellers, he became intrigued by the Yoruba culture and rituals of his ancestors and neighbors. When helping his grandmother sell her smoked fish at the village market, he befriended a smart and talkative parrot—who liked to sing Yoruba folksongs along with the children. That parrot inspired Felix’s first novel, The Parrot Matchmaker, published by Asalako Press in 2014.
Even after he moved to the United States in 1974, Felix returned frequently to Africa with a career in international trade that took him all over the world. He lives in the Atlanta area and has three grown children.