Author: Eddie Iroh
Book:Without a Silver Spoon
Word count: 250 words.
Without a Silver Spoon stirred up in me a love for reading Nigerian books. My heart went out to the protagonist Ure Chokwe, a brilliant boy from an impoverished family.
In Ure’s last year in primary school, his parents could not afford his fees. Not wanting to go the way of his elder brother- who had earlier dropped out of school to pursue trading, Ure worked as a servant for his class teacher, Steve, who would in turn pay his fees. One day Teacher Steve discovered that some of his money was missing; he accused Ure of the theft and sent him back to his parents. Later one of his classmate’s school fees was stolen from the boy’s locker during break, and Ure being the poorest boy in the class, was falsely accused while Erugo the thief walked away.
Even though it’s an oldie, the words of the book still reverberate through time; the poor man is guilty of any crime in the room- even any foul odour.
Teacher Steve later found his money and Ure was vindicated. It wrung my ‘little’ heart so much at the time, to see an innocent boy suffer because he was poor and unfortunately so it’s still a story of our time, poverty is still ravaging the land.
I use this opportunity to say thank you to Eddie Iroh, I received a good helping from him and since then I have always been an Oliver Twist; wanting more from the menu of Nigerian books.