(Reviewed by Cyprian Josson, Editor of “BITTER KOLA – The awakening of the Amazon Warrior”)
Author: Baroness Uba Iwunwa.
Baroness Uba Iwunwa’s book “BITTER KOLA – The awakening of the Amazon Warrior” is a powerful insight into the abuses many African women suffer in their marriage. The book “Bitter Kola” draws the attention of the reader to the horrible experience of deceit which the protagonist Ugom alias “The Rainbow girl” endured in her marriage in order to preserve the mental health of her children. Ugom was born as a divine child with the sign of the rainbow. Baroness Uba Iwunwa, in her mastery of storytelling gets the pulse of the reader racing until the end of the book. No doubt, Uba owes this talent of storytelling to her grandma who told her tons of traditional stories in which one of them is the subject of this book. Excerpt:
“Meg begged God to bless her womb with a child and the rainbow appeared to her. When the baby was born she was called “Anya Ugo” which means “the eyes of an eagle”, alias Ugom by Jeff, her father. Ugom’s father welcomed her daughter with a libation of Bitter Kola. She was a mysterious wonder of God’s mighty creation: “a mystical rainbow spirit” called the “Rainbow girl”.
Moreover, in the midst of traditional believes and religion, in a land where women are considered as objects, the author managed in this book to piece together the lives and times of the different colorful characters in a very engaging story that makes “BITTER KOLA – The awakening of the Amazon Warrior” so hard to put down.
From the age of reason when Ugom turned into a beautiful and charming young girl to the challenges she faced in her marriage, and when Jeff her father appeared in her dream, the book is full of interesting characters. “BITTER KOLA – The awakening of the Amazon warrior”, the author maintains, is written “to empower women and to give a voice to the voiceless”. “BITTER KOLA” is a joy to read not only by Africans but by all who can appreciate the subject matter.