All posts by henry c.onyema

I teach because I love sharing knowledge and working with youngsters but I write because that is my purpose; my breath of fresh air. I love writing in all genres but my favourite is the short story. I have been published in a range of print and online media; just type in henry chukwuemeka onyema in any search engine. The best gift God gave us, minus salvation through Jesus Christ, is the Muse.
Nigerian literature at fifty: A coat of many colours

Nigerian literature at fifty: A coat of many colours

Nigerian literature predates Nigeria’s independence. As far back as 1789 Olaudah Equiano, a former Igbo slave published his account of his life in bondage and in freedom. There were many other literary offerings right into the twentieth century, including those inspired by competitions organized by the colonial government. Then in 1952 Amos Tutola’s fantastic magical … Continue reading Nigerian literature at fifty: A coat of many colours

The night of the mother of spirits

The night of the mother of spirits

It was the type of night when spirits took over the universe. An impenetrable darkness filled the earth and forms appeared and disappeared, taking fantastic shapes as they did so. The lack of celestial illumination was too sinister to be a mere product of geography. The spirits are really aboard, thought Kyrian Korie; then he … Continue reading The night of the mother of spirits

‘sunset At Dawn’-the Novel That Brought Me To Biafra

‘sunset At Dawn’-the Novel That Brought Me To Biafra

Chukwuemeka Ike’s novel ‘Sunset at Dawn’ tells the story of the Nigerian civil war in an unmatched style. It puts a human face on that dark period of Nigeria’s history. Although set in Biafra, the novel is not a rabid pro-Biafran screed. The poignancy depicted in the novel can melt the hardest of hearts. The … Continue reading ‘sunset At Dawn’-the Novel That Brought Me To Biafra

Rachel’s Hero 2

Rachel’s Hero 2

The mysterious attackers were systematic, thorough and merciless. Having gained entrance they spread out, firing Uzis and throwing grenades. The dining-hall was attacked by a handpicked detachment. Others spread out the vast school block. They were rather too few for the mission at hand but they compensated for the paucity of numbers with a stony … Continue reading Rachel’s Hero 2