Title: RIVER PEOPLE AND OTHER STORIES
Author: PETER UKWA
Genre: Prose (Short Stories)
Publisher: Words Rhymes & Rhythm
Year of Publication: 2015
- Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Centenary Literary Prize for short stories in 2014 (for ‘River People’)
River People and Other Stories” is a collection of eight dazzling short fictions of people and culture of Africa.
In “Flower Vase,” an adolescence boy is stopped by his disciplinary and yet compassionate father from going to see the execution of condemned men including his father’s friend, by a military regime, and he is worried his father will punish him for breaking his precious flower vase. In the title story, a local militant in the Niger Delta, frustrated by the environmental disaster caused by oil spillage, wages war against the operating multi-national oil company, He is killed by the federal troops. In the same struggle a revolutionary professor of the Michigan State University takes a non-violence approach as he returns home.
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