This is a story about the loving and supportive relationship between two Igbo youths (Ikechi Mokwelu and Osita Ndubisi) in America. It charts their struggles and triumphs, their false starts and uncertain choices, as they negotiate life in a new cultural milieu filled with the freedom to accept or reject old cultural norms. Ikechi and Osita are two science graduates, linked in a close ‘brotherhood’ marked by much love, laughter and grand plans for their shared future.
Ikechi is plagued by the conflict of his affection for a girlfriend (Ijeoma Egbuna) during his High School years, and a potential new love (Ebele Nwoye) in America. With which of the two girls is he truly in love?
Osita struggles with the implications of inter-tribal (Igbo/Yoruba) marriage, and its potential to cause an age-old strife between him and his fiance, Titisola’s family. Will he succeed in bringing the family into the modern way?
The story is graced by the formal beauty of African cultural traditions and practices. It also clearly illustrates the challenges faced by young African migrants struggling to preserve the beauty and grace of the old ways and to weave them into the fabric of their American dream.
|Publisher:||Westwood Books Publishing LLC|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)|
About the Author
(1966-1978), and then in New York (from 1978 till his retirement in 1990). He has authored six other published novels: (1). FRIENDS AND DREAMS (1997); (2) TITI: Biafran Maid in Geneva (1999); (3). THE SHINING ONES: The Umuahia School days of Obinna Okoye (2003; reprinted 2010)); (4). THE STREAM NEVER DRIES UP (2008); (5) A SNAKE UNDER A THATCH (2008); (6) THE JERICHO WALL (2011). He has written a few articles on Nigeria and on the USA. Chike Momah has been married to Ethel, nee Obi, since 1959. The couple has two sons (Chukwudi and Azuka) and one daughter (Adaora), and has been blessed with seven grandchildren, and counting. Among his contemporaries in high school and/or college are some of Africa's most noted writers: Chinua Achebe (Africa's foremost novelist, trail-blazer and essayist); Chukwuemeka Ike (acclaimed university administrator and prolific novelist); Wole Soyinka (1986 Nobel laureate in Literature); and the late Christopher Okigbo (considered to be Nigeria's "finest ever" poet, as per the 15th edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica). He is an involved member of the Nigerian community in the U.S.A., and has been honored with awards recognizing this involvement, including the first meritorious awards given by Songhai Charities, Inc., and by the Government College Umuahia Old Boys Association, Inc., both in 2003. In 2003, he was honored with a chieftaincy (Nnabuenyi- Nnewi) by HRH Kenneth Orizu, Igwe Nnewi, Anambra State, Nigeria. In 2011, the Texas House of Representatives, and the Senate, by a Resolution in each chamber, recognized him for his contributions to the literature of his homeland.