“It is a quiet evening in Okpujie village; the sun has disappeared from the sky, allowing the moon to dominate the village blue sky. The incoming noise is intense and it coming from all the inhabitants of Okpujie, returning from the village square.
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The story is also a journey of exploration of oneself, in search of an honest answer to unheard questions, a journey which brings us to connect to our own roots, in search of that missing piece that closes our microcosmic puzzle. What Amende will have to undertake is a tortuous path, a true initiating and revelatory path, which unfolds to our knowledge in cutlass strokes."
The author offers here a delightful story directly inspired by Nigeria’s oral tradition and literature. Set in the traditional past, it introduces readers to a tightly knit community where children play a pivotal role in bringing about reconciliation and joy. Its originality is in its deliberate choice of location: leaving behind the village square we all know, it opens the evil forest, a place seldom mentioned in previous novels, to offer a new viewpoint on this forbidden space and prove that it can be a refuge and a redeeming place.
Retired Professor, University of Nigeria, Nsukka & Collaborator to the Paris CNRS-LLACAN