Modern Nigeria continues to haunt the imagination of many people. Here in the sequel to her first collection of short stories, Rhythm of Life, the author continues to chronicle the story of contemporary life in Nigeria. Whether it is the village or the city, the images illuminated of the agin father waiting for his honest son to reject his vow not to accept bribes, the money incentive of the christian pries who upbraids his flock to deliver money to the church, a polygamous relationship, the world of the spirits, magic, an unwanted pregnancy and forced marriage, all come together with a directness, humour, sensitivity and intelligence which truly instruct. The latitude with which the author empowers her women, to speak, to confront the realities of modern Nigeria, to deal with personal and family problems, gives the reader a new window through which to look at the lives and expectations of Nigerian women.
In this world, the author bares the realities of life, the brutalities, the personal difficulties, the prescience of vision, the formidable stubbornness and naivety... Through it all there is a sense of being reknitted, remade and reborn through the lessons of life...
AKACHI ADIMORA-EZEIGBO is a university lecturer at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. This is her second collection of short stories to be published, the first being Rhythms of Life (1992).
Fiction, Karnak House