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A TRILOGY - Phenomenon that refuses to die! By Raymond Ladebo
JOURNEY OF HOPE OR DESTINY
The topical fiction novel JOURNEY OF HOPE OR DESTINY, for convenience, adopts
Yoruba/African philosophical worldview to narrate a story that reflects the global influence of
social construct of races and skin color particularly in the West. The story portrays an image of
the Yoruba/African man’s intrinsic cultural perspective, values, and virtues; and as a piece of
modern history whilst the characters each searches for individual answers in the journey of life
and hoping for compensations in their final destiny. It incorporates additional features and
commentaries on the conditions of the society’s social ills that plague it, a leadership-induced
lack of self-belief since the discovery of crude oil and a senseless civil war. Nonetheless, the
erring leadership was not the same that toiled for and won the political independence, but rather,
the leadership of rapacious looters who are nothing more than uniformed, inheritors’ class,
untutored, oppressive, and temperamentally unsuited for political governance, that assumed the
reign of power for the lucre.
FLIGHT OF LIFE
The FLIGHT OF LIFE is a fictional story of an adolescent daughter of an African diplomat who
had first-hand knowledge of FGM mortality and blood-chilling evidence of damaging afflictions
when she was seven years old. Avah has since had a predilection, and is averse to the harmful
practice; she truculently battles to avoid going for the same rite of passage rituals.
Female circumcision is an age-old practice that up to 140 million women worldwide have been
subjected to, with an estimated 140,000 girls at risk of being victims of yearly. The practice
which is proven to be unhygienic, brutal, harmful traditional, varies from the partial to complete
removal of a girl’s external genitalia, and at times involving infibulations. It occurs in more than
twenty African countries, the U.S.A., U.K., Kurdistan, the Middle-East, North East, South East
Asia, Australia, Canada, and some isolated tribes in India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, and
South America. It leaves girls and women victims of life-long physical and psychological trauma.
There was relentless pestering and harassing from the home family fueling incessant heated
confrontations between Avah and her mother including abduction attempts which finally
culminated in sponsored daylight kidnapping on London Streets and aggravated diplomatic
IVIE, Abiku-spirit child was an only child of her sickly middle-aged mother, Amenze; both
dependent on each other for solace. The Yoruba mythical Abiku syndrome has remained an
enigma to medical science because a child is born dies and is then reborn to the same mother
while retaining the markings inflicted upon the body before it was buried.
Ivie was smart and graduated from secondary school before fifteen. She was sponsored to travel
abroad for further education by her paternal Auntie Esomo who'd arranged with her wealthy
daughter, Blessing, to assist her little cousin to Italy.
She found to her chagrin that her cousin, Blessing, was actually the “Madam” of a prostitution
cartel popularly known as Queenie who tried unsuccessfully to convince and cajole the innocent
teenager to work as a prostitute in order to repay the mandatory and exorbitant amount of money
claimed to have been expended to bring her to Italy. Queenie was greatly irritated when she
discovered that Ivie would rather die than be coerced into prostitution.
The relentless attempts by the ruthless Madam to coerce the innocent teenager into her
prostitution cartel lead to unexpected consequences"