I am delighted to be highlighting Joy’s work on my blogspot. I had the pleasure a little while ago of reading her book Mirror of our Lives: Voices of Four Igbo Women and I posted a five star review of it.
Some stories have a power that resides in the story itself, regardless of the artistry with which it happens to be told. This is one such: a story that opens our eyes and hearts and broadens our minds.
In an unsensational, matter-of-fact way, Dr Lo-Bamijoko describes the burdens carried by four different women born and raised according to Igbo tradition and culture to be subservient to and abused by men. In places their suffering is harrowing, and one is consumed by rage at the igno-rance and arrogance of the men they have to deal with and at the terrible inequalities endemic in their society. At the same time one is inspired by their intelligence, resilience, capacity for en-durance, patience, fortitude… Being so much brighter than the men they have been forced to deal helps a lot as well.
One can only hope that this book will be widely read in Nigeria as well as everywhere else, by men as well as women: that it might play its part in making man’s ‘inhumanity’ to woman a dis-tant memory of our unenlightened past.
Joy has now published her next book: Legend of the Walking Dead: Igbo Mythologies. I haven’t read it yet, but it looks and sounds very intriguing. Here is what she has to say about it:
“Two months ago, I succeeded in getting my publishing house to lower the cost of the Kindle edition of my book: Legend of the Walking Dead: Igbo Mythologies. Not only that: I gave the book a complete overhaul: line edit, copy edit, proof-read and re-format. What you are seeing in this new edition is a completely new book, and that is why I decided to re-introduce it to you. There’s a big improvement in the cover as well, as you can see!
Legend of the Walking Dead: Igbo Mythologies is a journey into the mysteries of life and death for the Igbos of Nigeria. The book draws readers into the Igbo people’s ancient and traditional beliefs about life and death. There is a very thin line dividing the land of the living and the land of dead, so thin that spirits from both lands coexist. Sometimes, during the story, it is difficult to differentiate between the living and the dead. Both have bodies; the living existing in their bodies, while the dead exist in (are using) borrowed bodies. Fifteen-year-old Osondu has disappeared. His mother goes searching for her son and faces the same fate. She too goes missing. The gods are ever present, in control, and minister to both the living and the dead. This is because the gods minister to the spirits, not the bodies that harbor them. To the gods, the spirits of both the living and the dead are ever alive.
The world of the traditional Igbo society is a world in which the dead visit and interact easily with the living. It is also a world in which most of the time the living are at the mercy of the gods.
About the Author
Now retired, Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko of Nigeria was a music teacher trained in Santa Cecilia, Rome. She obtained her Ph.D. in music education from the University of Michigan. She has written books, and published extensively in national and international scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers.
Her short story I Come from Utopia was published in African Voices, Spring/Summer, 2007, pg. 18, and her first English novel: Mirror of Our Lives: Voices of Four Igbo Women was published in 2011, and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Contest in 2012. She also has two books published in Italian. She is a trained musician, and taught music for 35 years. She writes and records folk songs.
Buy the Kindle version at Amazon: http://goo.gl/V7wurb
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Link to my Author’s Website: sbprabooks.com/joynwosulobamijoko/
YouTube link to the trailer: https://goo.gl/eiXLMj
My Blog Address: http://goo.gl/L967yq
Links to my FB Pages: https://goo.gl/iADV30
“Who Is Who On The Shelf”: http://wp.me/p49Fi9-1rh
YouTube link (Italian Book): https://youtu.be/2xpEZXwSshY
Amazon.com Mirror of Our Lives… http://goo.gl/y6jv1X
Barnes & Noble Mirror of Our Lives… http://goo.gl/up4B29
Twitter Handle: @Jinlobify