A return to rural ancestry

2011-05-18 00:00

LIFE in a compound in the Niger Delta­ is described by Blessing, the prepubescent daughter and granddaughter of a family of the region. Originally a child of the city, Lagos, Blessing is forced to return with her mother and brother to the rural ancestral home following her father’s desertion. The adjustment for her and her brother is considerable, but Blessing is slowly drawn into the communal life, learning its ways through the guidance of her grandmother who is a traditional birth attendant.

The characters have an authenticity which is striking and the evocation of the child’s viewpoint is never sentimental creating a poignantly recognisable world.

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