A Tale To Twist

This is a saga of an African tribe who lived a long time ago; a very long time before the coming of the first Europeans to their part of the world. It is a narrative verse which finely blends the elements of prose and poetry to tell a story that takes the reader over distant lands, to bear witness to the exploits of a people whom the reader would never otherwise get to see.

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About Ikenna Chinedu Okeh

Ikenna Okeh was born in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria. He has lived the most part of his early years there. In 2013, he started out with writing short stories which he shared to literary websites such as www.worldcitystories.com and www.storystar.com, and on his Facebook page. Later that year, he began work on his first novel , A Fistful Of Sands, completing the first draft in early September, 2014. He went on to write a crime novel, An Assignment In Owerri, and then accompanied it with a sequel, A Bad Time To Die. After a few months away from writing, he commenced work on another stand alone Bones & Closets . Bones & Closets has been described as a crime novel with strong political leanings. All of his novels are set in contemporary Nigeria.
He writes poems too. They are mostly narrative poetry. He has published four collections of poems and three narrative verses. His narrative verses are book length African epic stories with rich cultural and historical backdrops. They are fused with suspense, dialogue and every other element of conventional storytelling. Readers have likened his narrative verses to Homer's Illiad, told with simple language.
Ikenna Okeh likes food even though he would rather not do the cooking. He writes music reviews, promotes music, and is a co-founder of UbuntuFM Hip-Hop and UbuntuFM Music, both online platforms which respectively promote hip-hop music to a global audience and digitally distribute and sell music. Among his hobbies are traveling, reading and movies.

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Review by: Mo Bounce on March 10, 2017 : (no rating)
A very long time ago,
At a time where but few memories can still go
A maiden was a slave in a distant land
She lived to daily labour with her hands
I know not of the state of her mind,
Or whether her master was cruel or kind
This was a moment in time,
When men journeyed all the time,
To distant lands across tempestuous seas,
With a gospel of faith and hope and peace,
For the heathen souls and ‘uncivil’ tribes,
That they may learn of a Saviour...

In these opening verses of the new e-book by Ikenna Chinedu Okeh, the author paints the backdrop against which this narrative verse unfolds.

Ikenna Okeh’s writing has an airy, picturesque touch to it. It is very easy to read. Okeh recounts a fictional tale of local people, tribesmen, at a pivotal moment in history.

The story unfolds from the viewpoint of single young woman who after intially being led away into slavery, returns to her homeland. At this point the reader might expect a recollection of the horrific life she must have led in days of slavery but the author refrains from that. Instead he keeps his distance and lets events unfold in a seemingly casual manner. In doing so Okeh sets the tone for what in my opinion is a very intriguing novel.

Without giving away the plot 'A Tale To Twist' is multi layered story. One of people in times of change, the injection of foreign elements into local society and a recount of how people deal with that change. At the surface level a colloquial story. Pleasant, funny, endearing. But if one is aware of the actual historic events one cannot ignore these and 'A Tale To Twist' becomes a metaphore for what happened on a much wider scale to Africa and Africans at the time Christianity and foreign rule were injected into their societies.

When today shall be told,
They who tell it might be so bold
Perhaps we should not tell it
We should efface it; for our pride, it won’t be fit
We won’t, after all, be the first
Other peoples have done so to appear at their very best; Hence lunatics have been painted heroes,
And noble ones taken the hind and tainted rows
But whether or not we decide to lay bare our shame, With us, things shall never remain the same.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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