ISBN 9781942876137
Pages 226
Dimensions 216 x 140mm
Published 2016
Publisher Spears Media Press, Cameroon
Format Paperback

The Widow’s Cross

by Ikechukwu Umejesi

Recently widowed, Angelina Ibe, a smart, evangelical Christian and school teacher goes on an early morning evangelising mission and intentionally kills a python, one of the major totems in her community, Umuocha. This abominable act – at least viewed from the community’s perspective, brings her into direct collision with Umuocha’s guardians of tradition, led by the arch-conservative prime minister of Umuocha, Mazi Ikenga. Inevitably, the Igwe (King) of Umuocha, formerly a lawyer with a thriving practice in England, is embroiled in the drama. Whose side will he take and how far does Angelina’s battle go? Find out as you read this epic battle of wills that pits Angelina against time-honoured patriarchal institutions and individuals, determined to get their way by every means and at all cost.

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“…a vivid portrayal of the everyday struggles of women living in various patriarchal societies of postcolonial Africa. The Widow’s Cross illuminates the dark trajectories of the long walk to the emancipation of women in Africa. I highly recommend this book to scholars and anyone interested in Africa."

Hon. John Abraham Godson, First Black member of the Polish Parliament (The Sjem) and President, Africa Institute, Poland.

"Angelina is caught between modernity and tradition. In consequence, she ends up with the worst of both worlds: marginalised by the traditional structure she has married into and undermined by the modernizing cultural practices she sees as opening the path to liberation. This is a great work of fiction from Ike Umejesi, with whom I have worked on different research projects both in Austria and in South Africa. It is highly recommended. "

Professor Michael Thompson, former officer in the British Army, ex-mountaineer, theorist and Institute Scholar at IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria

About the Author

Ikechukwu Umejesi

Ikechukwu Umejesi (Ike) holds a PhD in environmental sociology and currently teaches sociology at the University of Fort Hare, East London campus, South Africa. He has published in international journals and contributed book chapters on various themes including African history, the environment, and gender issues in Africa. Ike is the author of From Pilgrim to Pilgrims: a poetic interaction (2005). The Widow’s Cross is his début novel.