At a glance:
- Author: Elechi Amadi
- First Published: 1966
- Type of Work: Novel
- Type of Plot: Folklore
- Time of Work: Precolonial times, mid-nineteenth century
- Setting: The eastern Nigeria village of Omakachi
- Genres: Long fiction, Folklore, Novel
- Subjects: Africa or Africans, Folkloric or magical people, Blacks, Suicide, Nineteenth century, Marriage, Gods or goddesses, Rites or ceremonies, Omens, Mermaids or mermen
- Locales: Africa, Nigeria
Ihuoma (ee-hew-OH-mah), Emenike’s twenty-two-year-old wife, married to him for six years. Before her marriage and move to Omakachi, she lived in the nearby village of Omigwe, where her parents, Ogbuji and Okachi, still reside. She spends the majority of her time caring for her three children and her husband. Emenike dies suddenly of “lock-chest,” and Ihuoma is left a lonely widow with her husband’s land to tend and few future marriage prospects. Her beauty, strength, and kind nature endear her to...
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