Ije Odumodu Jere is one of the earliest novels written in Igbo language by Bell-Gam, Leoplod published in 1963 by Longman, London. On one hand, Bell-Gam through intercultural travels of Odumodu, the protagonist, draws attention to the interrelationshp between humans, flora and fauna. On the other hand, he sensitizes humans on the need to respect one another irrespective of differences of colour, race or culture. In a captivating artistic manner, the author shares from an indigenous Igbo perspective useful tips on Education, Engineering, Architecture, Agriculture and Fishery thereby establishing the kind of balance needed for the emergence of a knowledge society.
A Book of Three Plays consists of three One-Act plays. The author, Ifedimma Onwugbufor shines light on girl-child marriage through the dialogues in her one - act plays.
This Thing Called Love: Memuna’s ready acceptance of Elder Razak, a sixty-year old man, is borne out of frustration induced by her family. This she divulges to them when it is almost late. Was she really ready to be the old man’s bride at 13? Many very young females caught in such web usually make daring decisions in their bid to extricate themselves from the mess. A child will always be a child.
Song of an Owl: Tramples on the ideology of marriages involving two women. This social practice embodies a complication that erodes the 21st century socio-political strata of the Igbo society. Young girls who become pregnant by unwilling males, are mostly married into such circumstances, and the consequence encompasses Ifeoma’s situation when she becomes married to Obiageli solely for procreation. By this arrangement, Ifeoma is robbed of her future as her ambition and survival are dependent on her subservience to her female ‘husband’; and most probably, on the goodwill of the inappropriate or undesirable men who are brought to copulate with her by her female ‘husband’.
My Lane and Yours: Tells the story of superstition of Maami who visits her only granddaughter, Toke Douglas and her young husband, Boma Douglas in Lagos. Toke had been delivered of a new baby and Maami’s one month stay with the Douglases is disrupted by Maami’s constant meddling which wears the new couple out.
In the ghetto of Dabala rest the ruin of many underage girl-children
who, under their parents’ watch suffer different forms of sexual
molestation. These mishaps, perpetuated by averagely-affluent men and
women, are characterized by subtle coercions, decoys, and downright
exploitation due to vagrancy and deprivation. Requiem exposes a putrid
society in dire need of redemption, even from the hands of persons
whose duty is to sanitize it. In fact, it depicts the scourge of
female sexual abuse in an intense and gripping narrative. Will Member
set to move to Makurdi to live with a female pastor and her family
suffer the same fate?