Author: Chimanda Ngozi Adichie
This book was given to me as a gift by a dear friend of mine. Having read Purple Hibiscus by the same author, I looked forward to taking a peek into this literary work of art that I knew it would be. . . and I was not disappointed.
It is set in Eastern Nigeria, the early sixties to the late sixties, the years just after Nigeria gained her independence, the events leading to the civil war, the war itself and the aftermath of the war. Through the lives of Odenigbo, Olanna, Ugwu, Kainene and Richard, she takes us through the labyrinth of the politics of the times. It is a tale of ordinary people living in hard times who were given a reason to hope and smile, then had it so rudely taken away from them through the incidences occurring just before, during and after the war.
The aftermath of every war is evident, but never the feelings of the people who are innocently being involved in a war that wasn’t theirs to begin with. The ones who are forcefully conscripted from the streets are never really spoken about. Instead, what we hear about are the achievements of the war, or the crimes brought about by the war.
I have gained an insight into this part of my country’s history and now, I have a thirst to know more, to be part of the making of history in Nigeria today for the future.