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Shadows of the Ancestors: A Play in Three Acts

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The book Shadows of the Ancestors: A Play in Three Acts this three-act play exploits youth radicalism in exploring the course and outcome of a brand of idealism which disregards the settled order in the pursuit of a social change objective. The great ruler of Umudimkpa, a land of warriors, has just passed away. He leaves behind a great legacy, but his cet of high chiefs is riven with differences in commitment to his reform programme which abolished slave killing all through the kingdom. His son, Ifediba, a very young man, receives the coded call to return post-haste from his hunting fields, a royal reserve where as crown prince he reigns in wait.

To everyone's consternation, the young prince tarries beyond reason. When he finally shows up, it is with a handful of trouble as he has put a slave girl from the neighbouring kingdom of Umuachala in the family way and insists on marrying her. The bruising slight to the slave girl's mistress (the princess of Umuachala whom he is expected to marry) is aggravated by the ill-advised decision to abduct ("liberate") her parents and siblings. There is unprecedented tension and threat of war between the two powerful kingdoms which had shared a history of unbroken peace for ages. Umudimkpa is never late to battle but Umuachala does not spare. Ifediba proclaims total emancipation of slaves and needs the support of the elders represented by the high chiefs to move against Umuachala and possibly unite both kingdoms. The dramatic clash of vision is followed by a total breakdown in communication.

Ifediba, feeling let down, turns hostile and resolves to shake up the revered cet of high chiefs, right after his coronation. But the elders move overnight to bury their own feuds and close ranks - their mantra: "kingdom is people." An important meeting is scheduled to move the kingdom out of the empasse. On the eve of the meeting, Ifediba's mother, one of the three wives of the demised monarch, cracks under severe emotional stress and her demented effusions raise serious paternity questions about all her children including the crown prince himself. This book is so well written and it explains science so easily and clearly.

People have compared this book to Bible but most people think that it is better written than Bible itself.

This book revolves around how a human being is fitted in an animal kingdom and its existence. This book proves the fact how humans are special and different in their own ways. This book explains in depth the origin of earth, how life on earth was raised and the biological clock for some rooted things like sex, racism and politics. Shadows are at its best and a much needed read for everyone.

Carl Sagan who is primarily known as Carl Edward Sagan is a renowned American Astonomer, Comologist and a Science addict. He has published more than 600 papers and has authored more than 20 books. In America, the most watched series was Cosmos which he wrote and has been a favorite to all American homes for a long time. What are you waiting for? is the best place to find this book.

The ISBN Code of the book is 1467880450.

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Language English
Publication Date December 22, 2011
Publisher AuthorHouse
Contributor(s) Onyechi Mbamali
Binding Paperback
Page Count 148
ISBN 10 1467880450
ISBN 13 9781467880459
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Product Dimensions 15.2 cm x 0.9 cm x 22.9 cm
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     One of my favourite not-so-famous reads 17 December, 2013 On
    This drama in three acts, set in Umudimkpa, a fictional kingdom in pre-colonial Nigeria, is a tragedy in classic Greek style, complete with ritual, symbolism, gods, and themes of pride and power and love.

    King Igwe has died, but “the journey to his ancestors…cannot commence” until Crown Prince Ifediba returns from the forest of Isibuke to the palace for the burial and coronation ceremonies. This problem is compounded by multiplying conflicts, including: high chiefs arguing for the sacrifice of 70 slaves to appease the gods; Ifediba refusing to leave the forest without his lover, a slave owned by a rival tribe who is in personal service to Ifediba’s jilted betrothed; the wives of the late king squabbling amongst themselves; youth countering elders and tradition; high chiefs opposing the Crown Prince, and he them.

    Conflicts are more and ever more complex, creating a steady rise in tension as the drama moves into chaos. Yet, this work is, in the broadest sense, the remains of a love story: “Our shrunken sires were once stallions of strength; these shriveled grandmas were gazelles of elegance; and their romantic sorties were the envy of the twinkling stars above.”

    With purpose and authority, playwright Onyechi Mbamali deftly and with great beauty forms this work into a gem, universal and timeless. The driving dialogue is rich with metaphor, parables, and adages, all in fresh language and lyrical intensity. The story, as revealed by varied voices, resonates with respect and disrespect, questions with no answers, willful passions, and imagery exuding aesthetic significance, as that voiced by High Chief Orimili: “When a blind man listening to a story says ‘I see’ it is because his mind has caught a picture larger than the common canvass of words.”

    And so it is for the astute reader—a very large canvass that provides multiple delights and is likely to do the same for an audience when this deft play is staged.
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