In the year 2013, young Chilee Paschal Onyejelam, who was then a Law student at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka in Anambra State, had written the first draft of his debut with the title, The Last Fortress: A Seminarian’s Tale.
Chilee was passionate about correcting the wrongs among his country’s religious and politicians. He made several attempts to get the book published for many years, until 2016 after several redrafts, Emotion Press, Ibadan took up the challenge and joined forces with the Law graduate.
Onyejelam’s The Nigerian Boy follows the travails of young Chike, an innocent teenager whose encounter with homosexuality and pseudo-atheism prevalent in the system would discourage him to exit the Catholic seminary. Out of the seminary, the ethnic bigotry, religious intolerance, political mischief and deep rooted decadence in the Nigerian society, makes him wonder once again whether he has made the right decision.
The Nigerian Boy does not only promise to be a great addition to the country’s bubbling literary space but also carve a niche for itself among the rare classics of black Africa’s literature. Chilee Onyejelam’s creative piece is coming in a thoughtful period in our nation’s history, when insecurity, tribal riot, political corruption, religious intolerance and sexual immorality, which the novel represents, are the order of the day.
From today, the 10 th of April, The Nigerian Boy will be available on Amazon Kindle and Okechukwu Ofili’s Okada Books for readers in Nigeria and beyond. Plans are also underway to make the book available in print in Nigeria later in the year.
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