The "Journey of a Mermaid - a tale of love, acceptance and humanity" is a short fiction packed with lively humor. It is a must read for any age group and for so many reasons. It brings together our imagination and reality in a simple story that everyone can relate to. It is all about the amazing water goddess about whom people of all ages and background, the world over, have a concept!
In African mythology there is a mermaid goddess called Mami Wata .The myth of this water goddess is one of the most popular in Western and Central Africa. Mami Wata is described as the more than beautiful woman. Her beauty is so extreme it is supernatural.
Often she is shown with a snake coiled around her waist, its head between her breasts. Her hair is black and straight and her skin is fair; both are rather unusual traits in African mythology.
Mami Wata is a lot like those old Greek goddesses. She is an ancient goddess that has surfaced in modern times amazing the teenage, youth and the elders alike.
Mami Wata, in the form of a mermaid, sometimes splashes about in the water at the end of a rainbow after a heavy storm. On sunny days she may decide to sun bathe on a rock. She lives in a magical castle "underwater" a transparent land of pure spirit, with her sisters, and the entire family. Her exquisite looks is completely out of this world, no wonder a very good looking woman is often mistaken for a"Mami Wata."
Mami Wata which literally translates into "mother water" is Pidgin English, a language developed to facilitate trade in the 15th to 20th centuries.
There is no shortage of myths and legends about the mermaid around the world, and
Africa is where the legend of the mermaid comes alive!
West Africa, where this book gets its setting is at the fore front! In this part of the world, there is a wealth of beliefs, myths, and legends about the "Mermaid" commonly known as "Mami Wata."
In this riveting short fiction, the author draws from her experience in a boarding girls high school situated close to the ocean port, as well as the popular beliefs of the natives. These popular beliefs centers in powers of the water spirit - the mermaid - who comes in occasionally to interact with humans. . When she does, she takes the form of a breathtaking, eye catching young lady. It is a no brainier then, that in the girls high school any smashing young lady earns herself the nick name of "Mami Wata."
"Mami Wata," the natives' perception of "The Mermaid," captures the people's belief in personal gods, water spirits, the water goddess and the sacred python among others. It brings to light the popular sayings and proverbs and the fast disappearing myths and legends and pop culture of parts of Eastern Nigeria.
Join the author in this captivating guided odyssey as it unfolds in the struggles, humor, love, trials, victory and obsession of a man named "Afamefuna " - " my name shall never be forgotten."
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About the Author
Dr. Mercy Offor has a doctor of philosophy degree in Organic Chemistry. She started her graduate studies at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria as a university scholar. She carried out research toward her doctorate degree at Clemson University, South Carolina and the University of Alabama in Huntsville, USA. She did postdoctoral research at the University of Warwick, Coventry, England as the recipient of the prestigious Commonwealth Fellowship award in 1983.
She worked for over a decade teaching in the university. She did her post graduate diploma in education in National Louis University, Chicago and now teaches at the high school level in Chicago.
She co-authored a science text book for the high school students "Dye Sensitized Solar Cells Module" and is the author of several books including the fascinating memoir "Refreshing Springs, Great Legacies from a Renowned Dynasty."