Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Lost Love and Sacrifice; Author's Powerful Debut Tells of an Oppressed Nigeria

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Lost Love and Sacrifice; Author's Powerful Debut Tells of an Oppressed Nigeria

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Byline: REVIEW by Gail Forrer

NIGERIAN author Odafe Atogun has used the beautiful force of simple language and universal themes to guide us through an extraordinary narrative of love, sacrifice, power and contemporary politics.

The famous musician Taduno returns from his self-imposed political exile to find a country suffering from a collective memory loss. Friends, neighbours, colleagues, politicians no longer recognise Taduno. All he has is memories. His beautiful voice has been lost through beatings by the secret police. The love of his life, Lela, has disappeared, taken away by government agents.

Taduno begins a search for his girlfriend and this leads to a quest to recover the gift of his voice. He must find his voice to free his love, but as he searches he is made to confront the meaning of love and in the end he must make the ultimate sacrifice.

This small book resonates on many levels - from the love between man and woman, friends and family to a nation's cruelty and betrayal. …

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