Ochomma, a famed warrior in Umuejia, is astounded by the sudden turn of events after a coup and a counter coup. First, Mazi Adiche’s son arrives from the north, dead on arrival.
As the days go by, more bodies arrive, causing a stir in the village. Then the refugees displaced by the crisis come back in droves and things take a turn for the worse.
The crisis sets off a cataclysm that pushes the country to the brink of collapse, testing the very fabric of the village. A civil war between Nigeria and Biafra begins and the two sides fight a bitter war.
These, all entwined in the story of the civil war, provide a glimpse into the ravages of war and the foibles of humanity. “Excellent storyteller, reminding of Chinua Achebe”….Ngozi Uwakwe, Anchor Literary Supplement “An intriguing book, one with little to fault”…Sage Review.
About Paul Oluikpe
Paul Oluikpe is a writer who has been described severally as potentially continuing the Chinua Achebe writing tradition. His writing style, and the striking portrayal of Igbo nuances and proverbs in English provide ample evidence of this “Achebe streak”.
Oluikpe captures the readers attention with imaginative depiction of his characters, an effortless progression of the narrative.
Oluikpe’s writing provides a lot of humor in a war situation which few writers have the effrontery to confront. He lives and works in Abuja, Nigeria and is active on tv, radio, blogs and online fora contributing to African and global issues.
Reader’s Comment: CHRISTIAN GREEN
I thought I had read all the very good books about African literature starting from Achebe, Chimamanda Adichie, Wole Soyinka, Buchi Emecheta, Flora Nwapa, Ngugi Wa Thiongo, Ayi Kwei Armah and a host of others, but I was surprised to see that Paul Oluikpe’s book is also a masterpiece that stands side by side with these other authors. The rich oral history of the Igbo continues to be a source of inspiration from writers in the past and present. I am giving this book a thumbs up. I was totally thrilled and entertained. The proverbs are fantastic. The writing style is humorous.
Ochomma in this book is just like Okonkwo in Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. They both committed suicide. They were both warriors and men of renown in their communities. They both rule their families with iron fists. Differences exist though. While Ochomma attends church, Okonkwo does not (things had changed since the colonial era). Okonkwo lived during the beginning of the colonial era while Ochomma’s story and times were after independence.
Okonkwo killed a little boy that called him father, and Ochomma killed his own brother and covered it up. Okonkwo threw Amalinze the cat, Ochomma fought the Ohafia people to a standstill. Okonkwo fought the Europeans, Ochomma’s period saw a civil war between brothers (Nigeria and Biafra).
In fact what more can i say, this book is a masterpiece and should be recommended for all. Well structured, enthusiastic, inspirational and articulated craft. Thumbs up.
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