Echoes of The Dark-Ten Short Tragedies
A piece of finely crafted work comprising of ten short tragedies mirroring the contemporary Nigerian society. It promises to educate, entertain, and inspire. Its strongholds are the cutting edge descriptive power, and easy-to-relate-with characters. More
The piece of work Echoes of the dark-Ten Short Tragedies, is a product of more than six months of close contact and observation of the prevailing values, traditions and mantra that are characteristic to mostly the Nigerian parlance, all the while subtly passing the intrinsic message of the ills and evils of most of the negative phenomena that have come to stay in our society. Crafted in a fine mix of cutting-edge descriptive power, gripping story plot, and flawless delivery, all ten stories seek to mirror the Nigerian society in the modern 21st century milieu, and pointing out the malady in most of the regulars of engagement and approach to issues. The story is so entitled in that each one of them ends in a pulsating tragedy that really sticks to one’s sensibilities and memory, and is an apt reference material for future use. Since most of the stories have one touch of non-fiction or the other, it can very well pass for a reflection of the contemporary Nigerian, and largely African society. In between, of course, the relief of comedy is inserted and laced with the main story, so as to give the reader a soft landing to the heart-rending climaxes and peaks of the tale. It is quite a piece of engaging and educative reading material that not only satisfies the cravings of the average Nigerian and indeed African avid reader, (which most unfortunately we have a serious dearth of), but a compendium of lessons that would prove invaluable to the teeming youth.
The reader is ushered into the author’s show by the story of Mallam Ado, a Permanent Secretary in a pivotal Ministry who got to his position by sheer luck and hard work. But at the instance of his nagging wife he was forced to misappropriate some government funds that finally landed him in jail. The story features the corruption which has been the bane of our society, as well as homosexuality, and a host of others, and finally ended in infidelity, for the wife left him pronto for the next available man. Closely following it is a sad story of a man grossly ground by poverty, and how he lost all in one savage swoop. It eventually also led to his death. There is also Living Right, which features a pastor’s struggle with sin and his Roman-collar profession; It wasn’t Me, a tale of bush rats misleading a restaurant proprietor, and a host of other interesting stories.
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