Love Triangle Storyline, Slave Trade
African book, written by African Author Nduka Onwuegbute, on the issues surrounding slave trade’s decline in African villages of the Niger Delta.
Everything you wanted to know about the end of the slave trade in colonial slave trade era Niger -Delta. Birth of a nation type story, charting three generations, living in three separate communes.
African Book by Authentic African Author
An African book, to some, merely means any abook about Africa. The genuine article is an African book, written by Africans, about African people who have lived and experienced life in Africa.
‘Masters of the Confluence’ in steeped in the author actually writing with Onwuegbute’s grandmother’s point of view, mostly based on the many stories she narrated to him during his formative years as a teenager. ‘Masters of the Confluence’, is therefore, a truly African book.
First Novel, Historical Fiction
Author: Onwuegbute, Nduka
Title: Masters of the Confluence
Historical Fiction Novel, written by Nduka Onwuegbute (2010). Slave trade era love triangle that threatens a trinity of villages in the Niger-Delta in Nigera.
Book ISBN #: 978-1907093036
Price: £9.95 GBP | $14.95 USD | €12.95 EU
History of Nigeria
An African book about Africa cannot be complete without drawing from the realities of history, as they unfolded.
Therefore, this history of Nigeria is not complete without talking about the impact colonialism’s slave masters had on the lives of innocent victims captured as slaves in the Niger Delta. For those who managed to storm the tide of able bodied men, women, and children carted aboard the slave ships, love still managed to permeate the rich social structure.
Calabar was the major port for shipping innocent captives across the Atlantic, never to be seen again. Masters of the Confluence, Onwuegbute makes regular reference to the “invaders”, and “white men”.
But even before the profusion of the triangular trade, the people of Nigeria, especially in the south, were keen to capture neighbouring towns and villages. The old Oyo Empire was always at war with the Benin Kingdom. In order to forge peace, marriages were enforced between the nations. But these never lasted very long.
The area commonly refered to as the Niger Delta starts somewhere around Onitsha. Although, in reality, the Onite river near Nndoni is the real break of the Niger into other smaller tributaries. From this point onwards, small brooks shape into even bigger streams that breakdown the brutal erodinig powers, until eventually they all rush into the open mouths of the Atlantic in a torrent typical of any ocean. This is onwuegbute’s backdrop.
Onwuegbute’s Masters of the Confluence starts in the old Benin Kingdom, there is reference to the founding father o the stuggle Onitsha, born in the town of Onitsha, until he leads his cousins out of slavery and settles in the thick of the delta itself.
Nevertheless, in colonial West Africa, the prevalent justice systems left much to be desired. Retribution was brutal, heavy and swift. Leaving out cannibalism, slavery and capital punishment were the norm. The ruling elite needed everyone else on a pretty tight leash.
Nigeria was no different. From the meanders and tributaries of the Niger delta, criminals were sent to the mythical labyrinths of Arochukwu, or shipped across the Atlantic. The established empires flourished, enriching themselves on other people’s freedom, or lack of it. No one dared to challenge your place in society.
This turn of the 19th century story of Onitsha and his cousin on the quest to re-habilitate themselves in the eyes of their children. Onitsha’s dynasty takes us through wars, the business of slavery, political uprising and romance. But caught in the middle, are the women and children. Anashi struggles to keep her dignity by fending off the two love-struck cousins who must kill each other to possess her.
Unlike his subtle play, Drums That Dance In The Dark, Nduka Onwuegbute’s
Masters of the Confluence
is a brutal revelation of man’s quest to regain political voice.
Excerpt: ‘Masters of the Confluence’
They all had their jobs, and they all knew what to do.
Epem was to lead the glistening team, ensuring a blinding sparkle. Inenere’s gang had the enviable, yet sacrificial, task of turning up the heat as the river rushed past. She was proud to be honoured with the task of spawning her innards, feeding her millions of eggs as Anashi wandered into her presence. Oboy and his fellow young were to make sure as much of Inenere’s pride ended up in Anashi’s mouth, enough to entice her and feed that emptiness she would suddenly find, yet mindful not to choke her. He was to hurl missiles of Inenere’s egg , reaching target, some deliberately missing, thereby creating the want, feeding the need. Ojashi was to gather the acrobats who would propel themselves out of the deep and tumble down Anashi’s back, yet skipping off just in time to avoid the contours reaching her rump. That job was Ejow’s. Ojashi and his army were not allowed to prick her with their serrated hooks either, that was another job especially reserved for Ukow.
But the ultimate job no fish dared to want, yet envious of the one fish allowed it, was to knock their queen up close and personal on her chest. This was the most delicate job of all. This one job – the last task as it happened- would determine the success or failure of the entire mission. Epem’s glitter, Inenere’s sacrifice and all other missiles and projectiles would come to nought if this one last job went awry. Touch her too soon and it might just as well be a high end intelligence wasted on a fool, touch her too late and the ship would have set sail anyway. Touch her too gently and she may easily miss it in all the excitement and raging waters that was going on. Touch her too hard and she may not live to bear witness to it ever again. This was a matter of life and death, this job belonged to Atuma.
Atuma knew, only too well, that part of the touch was to inflict the right amount of pain Erieri would have been the right choice but she easily excited herself about lesser things and ran the risk shocking Anashi to an unplanned watery grave. Atuma had been in Erieri’s tutelage, mastering the art of re-charging his electrical impulses just so he could discharge some of it on Anashi’s left chest. This was the right spot because deep and cushioned behind her delicate breast was Anashi’s heart and the common objective of the entire mission was to entice Anashi into the deep, feeding her appetite for pleasure while strumming her with pain. And the ultimate pain was the electric shock of an angry eel to hit her on the left breast. This shock was to be just enough to pleasure her, but also hurt her, hurt her in a way she would want more. And when Anashi reached for more pleasure and subsequent pain, they would sweep her out of her depths.
The job at hand was no ordinary mission, it was a simple one: kidnap Anashi and crown her their queen.
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Onwuegbute’s new book for modern readers has been called
strange, by reviewers across the globe in different countries. You’ll hardly see Onwuegbute at a book signing, every new book Onwuegbute writes focuses on a facet of human endeavour to better himslef in a world spiralling out of control.
New books written by Nduka Onwuegbute will always continue to change, in line with the changing dynamics of political man, living in harsh economically deprived societies.
New Books Written by Nduka Onwuegbute
Onwuegbute’s first novel,
Masters of the Confluence, was published in February, 2010. Reviewers of Onwuegbute and his writing style has been described as;
Nduka Onwuegbute, …a marvelous wordsmith
For a writer who has a wide range of style and subject matter like Shakespear, you would expect Onwuegbute to extol the father of modern English literature. But he doesn’t. Onwuegbute beleives there is too much emphasis placed on Shakespeare at the detriment of other equally literary greats. According to Onwuegbute,
More people, especially Afrricans, should be reading the works of Wole Soyinka, Bode Sowande, Ola Rotimi, Okot p’Bitek, and so on. Instead, there’s a glut of Robert Ludlum, J. K. Rowling, and other hyped celebrities, who quite rightly deserve their own accolades too.
Humourist, that he is, Onwuegbute enjoys the ups and downs of “Drowned Hopes”, the writings of James Hadley Chase, and some Shirly Conran.
Having grwon up in the rich story-telling traditions in rural Nigeria, Onwuegbute fuses the African oral tales by moonlight with the fiction modern literature most people today can relate to more.
Onwuegbute’s writing tone has a biting undertone, tinged with satire; something which has deprived him of the opportunity to write for the Nigerian Television Authority, when he was living in Nigeria.
Fortunes of the Forgotten Forest is testament to this re-telling of greed shown in Odinjo’s character.
Nduka Onwuegbute cannot be pinned down to one type of literary genre. He has written political drama for the stage. A play that hits on the fabric of curruupt practices. He’s also written novels, and short stories.
His first novel is
Masters of the Confluence.
- Fortunes of the Forgotten Forest
- Abaci’s Number Add-Ventures
- Masters of the Confluence
- Drums That Dance in the Dark
In 2011, Onwuegbute lauched himself as an educational book writer with a new book
Abaci’s Number Add-Ventures, for children. But appearances can be deceptive. The book actually is a compilation of short stories with diffficulty understanding maths in word formats.
Books for Children
Children love reading. It fires their imagination, taking them into worlds only seen in physical or digital books. Be they hardback, or the commonly available paperback edition, books can keep children away from mischief, and certainly from the threat of television and video games.
Books For Teenagers
Fortunes of the Forgotten Forest, is Onwuegbute’s forage into the world of teenage fiction. African Folklore in setting, this is an insight to some of the tales Onwuegbute heard as a child, growing up in Nigeria.
Historical Fiction Books
Onwuegbute’s first novel was
Masters of the Confluence. Based on the exploits of slavery that went on, this book based on a history of the Onitsha Dynasty, looks at a people’s zeal to free themselves from the shackles that wants to keep the status quo.
Review of Books
Author reviews of Onwuegbute’s writing is varied. But this is hardly surprising. Onwuegbute writes for a diverse range of readers, and on a myriad of themes, and subject matters.
Wonderful Story are all phrase to describe Onwuegbute and his writing ability. He’s also been rate
This is, therefore, a book of moments. Moments of struggle, pain, violence and sadness but also joy and dreams. Hard times, but of courage. War, slavery … and love. And then we get to the last chapters, and when we have a more complete story, that of Alabo and Anashi, we finally create a connection with his strange form of love, even though we can’t fully understand how their story ends.
Masters of the Confluence
What may be seen by some readers as arbitrary results disconnected from actors is really the expression of culture through more classical language, akin to the Greek Tragic experience.
Drums That Dance in the Dark