Life Is A Dance
Kiri is born a twin. Twins are killed in Umuduru. His father, being a Christian, risks his life to save him. Growing up, Kiri seeks to repay that good in one way - to make his father proud. A University degree, a good job and the right partner would suffice. But first he must garner the will to survive a war, do whatever it takes to pay his tuition and marry the one girl he wants to -if she agrees More
Life is a dance is based on a true story about Christopher “Kiri” Okoro, a child born a twin in the
eastern part of Nigeria, at a time when twins were considered spirit children, and were meant to be
killed. Kiri’s father, a convert to Christianity, risks his life to save his children. The book chronicles
Kiri’s dramatic beginnings, and follows his life through its various stages, numerous trials and adventures,
set against the backdrop of the changing cultural and political landscape in Nigeria through the
50’s, and the pain and suffering of the Igbo people during Biafran war of the 60’s and 70’s.
The easy flow of the dialogue and the believable way in which the characters interact, reflect the time
and culture of the setting. There are echoes of the late Achebe’s transliteration, where the words are
in English but written as a direct literal translation from Igbo, which add to the authentic feel of
relevant sections of the book.
Life is a dance takes you through tough topics, touching on religion, bullying, war, life and death.
There are light moments, but as the story progresses it takes on the darker themes with increasing
frequency, reflecting the world and complex issues a growing Kiri has to deal with.
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