At a glance:
- Author: Elechi Amadi
- First Published: 1966
- Type of Work: Novel
- Type of Plot: Tragedy
- Setting: Eastern Nigeria
- Characters: Emenike, Ihuoma, Nwonna, Nnadi, Madume, Wolu, Ekwueme, Wigwe and Adaku, Ahurole, Wodu Wakiri, Anyika, Agwoturumbe
- 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
Emenike dies suddenly, after a full recovery from injuries he suffered during a fight with Madume, his neighbor and adversary, over some disputed farmland. Although the villagers are uncertain about the cause of death, and even though they suspect that Madume had a hand in Emenike’s death, they say Emenike died from “lock chest.” Ignoring the arbitration on the land dispute that the village elders and priests made in favor of Emenike, and with Emenike out of the way, Madume decides to stake his claim on the disputed farmland. While at it, he claims Ihuoma, whom...
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