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New Book Release: A Conspiracy Of Ravens

Finally, the long awaited novel, A Conspiracy of Ravens, from prolific writer Othuke Ominiabohs is out!

You remember Othuke right?

He’s the author of the captivating Odufa: A lover’s tale that i reviewed earlier this year. I have been anticipating this novel since i saw the release date, and true to his word, it was released on the 17th of September in Abuja. The book has had two unveilings already, at the Thought Pyramid Art Gallery in Abuja and at Terrakulture in Lagos.

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In “A Conspiracy of Ravens”, the author raises suspicion about the ongoing crisis in the Niger Delta, Boko Haram in the North East and IPOBs clamour for autonomy in the East, hinting at the possibility of a conspiracy that comes all the way down from the Civil War years.

A conspiracy of Ravens is a thriller that digs into the unrest in the Niger Delta and draws a connection between it and the Boko Haram insurgency and the Nigerian civil war. It is the story of Tari, a Niger Delta militant commander and his battle to fight a war he believes in, and that of Alex Randa, a DSS operative tasked with the assignment of stopping him.

Tunde Leye (Author of The Guardians of the Seal) and Elnathan John (Author of Born On a Tuesday) are part of the few who have recommended the book.

Some book reviewers in persons of Buchi Onyeagbule, Alkasim Abullkadiri, Chioma and Dr. Lizzy Ben Iheanacho had a lot of positive feedback on the work. The reviewers in their assessment of the book all agreed the book came up at the right time and opens a new conversation of rethinking thriller genre in the Nigerian literary space.

Even though i haven’t gotten my copy yet, i expect that when i do it will be a wonderful read. Expect my review!

To purchase the book, click here to locate a bookstore around you. For those readers in Kampala, click here. You can also order the book from  and . Also available on Amazon and iTunes.

A super Nigerian thriller- J.J. Omojuwa (on A conspiracy of Ravens)

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Abuja: Book Reading at Thought Pyramid Art Gallery

Hey puff puffs!
Hope you guys have had an amazing week because mine has been stressful. I’ve been so tired, i think I’ve been walking around sleeping in my head. Can you believe I’m even working tomorrow, Saturday?!

Anyway, this post has been a long time coming because the event actually happened last week (my birthday week, and might i add that that was an amazing week), but i was waiting on the pictures.
So, Othuke Ominiabohs, the author of Odufa, read my review and invited me to his book reading (Yes he did, even though i would have gone anyway LOL)
He is sooo nice! Like, reaaaally nice! But more of that later.

Thought Pyramid Art Gallery is located at No 18 Libreville Crescent off Aminu Kano way, Wuse II Abuja.
The place was so fancy, it made me nervous.
First, the sculptures outside (I really wish i had pictures of everything): i initially thought they were human beings sitting outside. But they were just scultures of everything, ranging from animals to humans to abstracts.
Then, the elegant restaurant at the corner with the bright lights, you can’t miss it.
I should add that the Art Gallery works mostly in conjunction with Embassies so that night, the German Embassy held the stage. There was a ‘showing’ of a movie. The movie was titled Pitter Patter Goes My Heart. It was, of course, in German. I’ve heard that Foreign movies with subtitles are boring, especially those fancy ones. Well, this one was funny and weird. It was also a short movie so maybe that’s why i didn’t notice LOL (45 minutes max).

Before the showing and the reading (I never used to use these words as nouns before), i met up with Othuke and we chatted for a short while, which was cool.
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Then, we all went to sit to watch the movie.
After the movie, there was a brief introduction and then Othuke started reading key points in the book. It helped that i had read the book before because listening to some of the scenes being read out made me smile.
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My short moment of bliss ended because of the Time constraint.
You can see some of the art, thankfully.
There was a brief session of questions which brought up very interesting topics.
Othuke was being very diplomatic with the questions LOL
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When he was asked how much of the book was actually fiction, he said that there’s no fiction that’s 100% fiction.
When he was asked whether he thought that his book supports parental interference in marriage, he said he’d leave that for the reader to decide.
There were many others.
Honestly, i thought his answers made the interaction more fun because everyone seemed to be having a great time and more questions kept flowing in.
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There were literary critics too! Forgot to mention. And a lot of people who seemed “book-y” like me.
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Book Signing Time!
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Here’s Roland, who’s just the best, trying to get Othuke to sign my book.
And i said, Othuke is soo nice, he gave me an extra copy and signed that too!
He wrote, “Adaobi, thank you for being my number one fan. Ohms.”
He was also impressed with the review, ha!
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The second copy (revised edition) is sooo up for grabs! 😉

Well, that pretty much wraps it up. I wish i had more pictures for you guys.
Photo credit: @4eyedmonk for most of the pictures

I know y’all are waiting on a puff puff post. But Soon!
Have a lovely weekend, puff puffs! 😘✌

Also, i wanted to congratulate Tokoni Olobio, one of my buff readers, on His Graduation today! Also, Congrats to everyone from the Prestige Set! Soar!

Remain Buff!


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Book Review: Odufa- Othuke Ominiabohs

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Author: Othuke Ominiabohs (Ohmston Weth)

Pages: 394

Purchase: You can buy the ebook online at dookshop.com (also on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple ibooks, etc)

Order the paperback from Konga.com

You can also get the paperback at major bookshops or malls near. Click here to see my list of bookshops!

Synopsis: When Anthony Mukoro discovers he cannot father a child, his whole world comes crashing. In the arms of a new crush, Odufa, a beautiful girl with a past, he finds the strength to face his fears and live again despite the whirlwind that threatens to devour the union. But nothing is as it seems as they plunge into the bowels of this serpentine romance which alters their lives forever. – synopsis from goodreads.com

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My Review:

I initially read Odufa years back when it was barely a series on yimucentral. I had read the prologue, then an episode, and knew that it was going to be major. One thing i have always loved about Ohmston’s work is his ability to describe every single detail and his unique adeptness at word play.

The criminals were still at large. The long arm of the law hung limply around the waist of the cold statue of justice, tugging at her wrapper so the bureaucrats can once again, rape her blind. – The coleman massacre by Ohmston Weth

Odufa is an African romance literature based on two Nigerians from different backgrounds. First of all, the book is in three parts: Friends, Lovers and Strangers. The first chapter begins with a somber mood where a doctor diagnoses the protagonist, Anthony, as being impotent. Like any man who discovers such a thing, Anthony is thrown into a dark and dangerous depression. That is until he meets a lady who is willing to do absolutely anything for him, Odufa. Odufa is a mystery to Anthony which just makes their affair much more sizzling and desirable to him. Theirs is a love that is volatile, deep and explosive; confusing and incredulous to anyone else but overwhelming to those that know how it feels.

I say this because some parts in the book had to be taken with a pinch of salt. I cannot say i have ever felt love like this, so, I could not understand how love could make two people do things that should drive them apart but ends up pulling them much closer. I read in a recent interview that reviewers complained that the book is chauvinistic, but let’s be realistic, that’s really how many relationships are. Lets put political correctness aside and appreciate that he was being real.
I found it difficult to handle Anthony’s abuse on Odufa and the fact that she kept coming back to take him in her arms. Then, out of the blue, Odufa began her own kind of abuse on Anthony and that honestly surprised me.

The story itself scared me; especially the very toxic and dangerous relationship between Anthony and Odufa. I don’t have much experience with relationships in Nigeria but I remember asking a few friends from my book club if this kind of relationship was actually possible. The narcissism between the two lead characters was shocking, their inconsistency in personality worried me (especially Odufa’s) and at a point I began to wonder if this was really a relationship or a dependency. Also Odufa has some sordid past which affected nearly every choice she made in this book, so I was quite surprised that the past was not mentioned. However the writer clarified that a sequel will delve into this. –Franklyne Ikediasor

Odufa was a strange character that i couldn’t actually decipher. I would like to know more about her side of the story; if she really is an opportunist as it played out to be and the reason for her sudden change of character. Her mother also intrigued me. I hope the coming sequels will reveal both of their intentions.

The writing was exquisite, as i expected, but i thought that some parts of the romance were a bit too cheesy for my taste. Writing an anthology of poems for her is romantic but seeing her as your light, sunshine, diamond and laughter after she bit off your thumb was just too much for me. I particularly liked the Strangers section of the book, which was weird because that was where everything came apart. Odufa unfolded herself to be Anthony’s nightmare and it was interesting to see that he still didn’t see some of the things we, the readers, were seeing. It made me wonder, at some point,  if Juju (charm) was involved.
Another issue i had was the fear that it was going to be unnecessarily prolonged. I wasn’t even at the middle and the two were already hopelessly in love, i began to question what would come next. In retrospect, the length was necessary.

I ached for Anthony towards the end, when his son was taken from him. No one should feel that type of pain especially someone who saw their child as a miracle. Anthony’s father told him to forget the child, which would be a typical advice in that situation, but i knew that the decision would be difficult.

The writer took us to so many places in the book: Kano, Portharcourt, Warri, Lagos and Abuja.  I think that he tried to shed light on: violence in relationships like we’ve hardly seen, the unfolding of events that misdiagnosis of patients could cause, misconceptions about hypertension and the drama that sometimes follows inter-tribal relationships.

My favorite character has to be Anthony’s mother who seemed like a very wise, well-to-do and archaic woman; she blew out proverbs like a dragon spits fire.

You don’t spend the evening where you do not intend to spend the night…

It is the fear of what tomorrow may bring… that makes the tortoise to carry his house with him wherever he goes.

Many reviewers have complained about the use of the word ‘Ablution’. I found it strange for them to just assume that the word referred to Muslim cleansing because even at the first place i noticed it, the context referred to ‘Bathing’. I should also point out that Muslims don’t really have a whole room dedicated to washing up and prayers (I don’t think).

The book ended up as a tragedy (seemed so from the prologue) when Anthony’s life seemed to him like it had lost meaning and direction. I very much loved the way Othuke ended it, the whole of chapter 51 felt like a poem to me; absolutely brilliant and well paced.

All in all, i will say that the book tenders to the least common denominator, because it isn’t a concept that is too complex or filled with a lot of big and incomprehensible grammar. It’s very relatable and different and this makes it a very good book. This is his debut novel which makes it even better. Also, if you love poems, you’ll definitely love this book and the anthology attached to the back.

I tried as much as possible to not be so biased in this review being that Othuke is one of my favorite writers (Yes, i will famz). I have known about him for almost two years and have read a whole lot of his stories. His brother has a crush on me so… special treatment (He’ll kill me for this LOL). I was ecstatic when i heard that Odufa will be turned into a trilogy.

There will be a book reading of Odufa by Othuke himself coupled with a movie screening “Pitter Patter Goes My Heart” on Thursday, 16th June 2016 at Thought Pyramid Art Centre, No 18, Libreville Crescent wuse II Abuja. Time is 7:00 pm.

Note to Othuke: You are a brilliant poet, it seems you’re the only one oblivious to this. If Odufa was really based on personal experiences then, I cannot wait to see you again because you have a truck load of questions to answer! 🙂

bear hugThanks for reading and hope you enjoyed it!