If anyone understands the power of narrative and fiction, it’s Uri Ngozichukwuka. The highly-acclaimed Nigerian author and protagonist of inclusion has many achievements to her name, including spearheading campaign for the rights of the albinos.
There’s no doubt that the narratives found in stories shape how we see the world. Uri knows too well how problems can arise when a narrative has missing pieces. Her new book SAKADELLI covers.
According to the author, the lives described in this book are “far from perfect.” On the contrary, they have had their share of sorrows as well as joys, disappointments and exhilaration.
“It is a story written from the perspective of the eccentric title character, Sakadelli, who slides in and out of the stories to create a string of evocative, provocative and humorous stories to confront pervasive societal norms. This volume is a mirror which allows us to see ourselves in a humorous way, appreciate our follies and laugh at ourselves while deeply reflecting on the general rules of engagement in life – including living and loving”, the synopsis read.
Sakadelli takes the reader from the innocence of bygone childhood to contemporary issues, both peculiar to African society and the world at large.
Sakadelli is rated 18, published as a book for young adults as well as older, mature audiences in their roles as parents, guardians and mentors. Some of the stories in this book such as Enyiocha & Enyinocha are reminiscences of a sheltered childhood, complete with doting but stern parents demonstrating tough love, marred by a sudden loss of innocence as a result of war.
The piece is rooted in culture, as it takes on other subjects such as gender issues, marriage and the place of the woman and girl-child in a patriarchal African society. In The Virginity Monologue, the sub-plot explores a young girl’s burgeoning sexuality, and the tragic, avoidable errors therein. The book is awash with timeless, light-hearted parental hacks.
“In stories like, ‘So the Card Makes it Okay?’ and ‘Retirement Plan,’ the author chronicles a satirical account of the acceptable practice of Nigerians who go to great and often undignified and bizarre lengths to secure residency, citizenship or simply comfortable lives in the United States – often leaving a trail of heartbreak, tears and in some cases, blood,” the synopsis read.
Laced with humour, Sakadelli addresses some of the most critical issues of our modern, fast-changing society.