So, Our Land is Red by Chineye Ochem has been receiving good attention.
Our Land is Red is the story of Gloria, a young girl with great dreams, living in Northern Nigeria. Focused on getting an education, she becomes a victim of the society she lives in.
This book depicts the current tragedies facing residents of some part of Nigeria, where their female children are kidnapped from their schools, the innocent citizens are murdered in their homes, farms, and markets, and the innocent young girls who were kidnapped are used as suicide bombers to attack other communities. This makes the book very timely.
In the book, Gloria and her friends are kidnapped while writing their final high school examinations, Gloria’s best friend is chosen among those used as suicide bombers to attack other communities. When Gloria is eventually released and returned to her village, she is shocked to find out that her parents had already been murdered by terrorists camouflaging as cattle rearers.
Check out what renowned African Literature enthusiasts have said about the book:
“… #OurLandisRed is one that manages to both be engaging and poignant with Chineye Ochem getting the juxtaposition between the big-picture “horrors of conflict” stuff and the personal, small scale stuff just right...” Book Viral.Tweet
… #OurLandisRed paints that stark reality for you to imagine and … identify with the sufferings … –Pearl AllisonTweet
No medium has succeeded to vividly capture the activities of the unchecked terrorism and resultant irreparable loss and tragedy in Northern Nigeria as this fiction #OurLandIsRed – – Adebayo Basicony OjoTweet
#OurLandIsRed is a thought provoking piece that brings home the reality of the travails being faced by our brothers in other parts of Nigeria. Sharon – Startum PagesTweet
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Meet The Author
Chineye Ochem hails from Delta state, but was born and bred in Lagos, Nigeria. She is a graduate of Accounting from the University of Benin, and an Associate Chartered Accountant.
She loves reading and writing and is passionate about contributing her quota towards making …Read more