Romance of the region is a captivating tale of Nigeria and her interwoven tribes.
It tells a story of a love triangle between Adudu Wa, a Niger Deltan maiden from southsouth, Ewu Kwenu: a southeastan Igbo man, and Arabiyu: an Hausa from the north.
Adudu Wa is a fun-loving lady albeit a little naive, she didn't want to hurt neither Ewu nor Arabiyu but at the same time enjoyed romancing them. She enjoys all the attention she receives from both suitors and allows herself to be vulnerable, giving them a false hope they had upper hand – she clearly knows what she wanted but the men were oblivious to this as they were both consumed with the prospect of being with Adudu Wa
Ewu Kwenu pride himself as a hard working welder with a thriving metal workshop to show for it. His self esteem is tied to his earning power. Ewu fits the tribal stereotype of Ndigbo perfectly by being cheap - quick to retrieve all the engagement materials purchased for Adudu Wa when he was no longer sure he will be chosen over Arabiyu.
Arabiyu is smart and confident - too sure of his own skills of seducing yet another maiden despite having two wives under his belt. Interesting that despite being ‘skilled’ in the multiple wives department, Arabiya was the one who got ‘played’ the most as he was hit in the end unsuspecting.
I liked the way the author slipped in subtly the frictions that one encounters marrying from a different tribe in Nigeria. Sometimes the couple might be perfect for eachother but somehow the tribe concern will be raised just to highlight the differences that add nor take away any value from the union.
Arabiyu played her ‘card’ perfectly well - left her friend, the narrator in the dark for some part, got Ewu to blame himself for taking away engagement material, lead Arabiyu on until the day she moved away – yet, none of them seemed to have hated her for what she did.
Good read I must say, a little insights into the complexities of Nigeria tribes, in reality we are far more complex.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)