The Flightless Kite
The Flightless Kite is a historical fictional story filled with adventures and African experiences. It has about 23,000 words and 12 chapters. It tells of challenging experiences of an African boy, Ikeobi on his road to greatness, full of dazzling characters and adventures, a story fiercely and deftly told. More
THE SYNOPSIS of the Novel
The Novel tells of the life of Ikeobi, a typical African boy, who was brought up in a rural village, Ozubulu. Ikeobi’s mother, Ugomma was raped and the incident resulted to the birth of Ikeobi, exposing him to the stigma that follows his birth, hardship, poverty and life in a polygamous home. Ikeobi’s grandfather married two wives that constantly quarrel almost over everything including things as little as water. The two distinct women are described as a tigress and a peacock keenly contesting for the attention of one man. Ikeobi suddenly runs into the deadly spirit; ‘Akataka’. Akataka is a deadly spirit that roasts people alive and also entered into the evil forest that no mortal enters and comes out alive. Udenkwo is being hunt by his shadows as he was inflicted with a deadly and incurable disease known as ‘Ibi’, which was as the result of the atrocity he committed against Ikeobi’s mother, Ugomma.
Ikeobi became a beneficiary of the early missionaries that came to their village. He wins the heart of the Reverend Father with his little gift of fresh fruits. He makes blunders that earned him funny names like: ape man, sample face and scavenger at the missionary school. After five years, Ikeobi graduated from the missionary school with the best result. He came back to Ozubulu, his people welcomed him home as a brave son. They cheered him up as Odogwu the village masquerade displaying its best dance steps. The next year, Ikeobi leaves for the university where he studied Medicine. Ikeobi’s life was full of challenges and discouragements as typical of African society, but was he able to face them all and he became a success? Find this out and much more in this captivating African story deftly told.
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