Blog Tour Excerpt & Interview for Ifechidere by Chinedu Enechi

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About the Book

Title: Ifechidere
Author: Chinedu Enechi
Genre: Coming of Age
The loss of both her parents, even before she is old enough to speak, appears to pre-determine Ifechidere's life. She is made to toil from dusk to dawn.

Yet, Ifechidere is no modern-day Cinderella, as she finds that faith in the will to survive, which is stronger than any absentee fairy godmother, will propel her to find herself. And it'll lead her to the thing that was always meant to be …

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The mourners wept even harder, when they looked at Obande's children. Afoma, who was 15, had been the apple of her father's eye. She was responsible, industrious and humane. Even during the times her mother maltreated Ifechi, Afoma got into trouble because she would always console Ifechi. Shortly after Ifechidere’s disappearance, Afoma had decided that she would become a lawyer in future, so that she would be able to fight more effectively for the less privileged. She also promised herself that she would look for Sister Ifechi and live with her.

Onukwube was now nearly 13; he was a different story. He was wild, rebellious and flagrantly irresponsible. Egged on by his mother’s pampering, he saw no reason to be any other way. Ogolo never allowed him to do chores in or around the house. She called him Onochie, insisting that males, especially those who were Onochie, were not supposed to any work. The house chores were therefore passed on to Afoma, as Ifechidere wasn't there to do them. If Afoma was not around to do the work, their mother would do them.

Yet, Onukwube seemed to have a soft spot was his sister. It was either that, or he just loved any excuse to get into a fight. One day, their mother tried to punish Afoma because she dared to ask him to wash some plates. But he stood between his mother and sister, absolutely refusing to move and daring Ogolo to touch Afoma. On another day, Afoma returned from school, with her clothes in tatters. Onukwube was the only one at home. In tears, she said that a boy in her class, named Okenna, had fought with her. Onukwube went and sought out Okenna. Though Onukwube didn’t win the ensuing fight, he gave his opponent an unforgettable mark. He hit Okenna on the head with a stick, even after Okenna felled him to the ground. This was before passers-by separated them. They reprimanded Okenna, asking him why he chose to fight with the mad boy that everyone knew as Onukwube.

There was one incident that stood out in many people's memories. It happened one morning, when Afoma had gone to fetch firewood and her mother had gone to fetch water. Obande woke up and called Onukwube to sweep the compound, when he noticed that Afoma and Ogolo were not at home. Onukwube refused to do the sweeping and Obande beat him. When Ogolo returned and met her son crying, she picked a fight with her husband. They created such a ruckus that villagers assembled to pacify husband and wife. Ogolo was insistent that her husband was trying to kill her only son. She claimed that Onukwube was the reincarnation of her late father; instead of respecting him, Obande wanted to send him into a second exile. Thee villagers sighed because they knew even before she said anything, what Ogolo would say. Onukwube usually had his mother as a shield. He was her favourite. Whenever she was not in school teaching, Ogolo could be seen fighting one teacher or the other, for disciplining her son. There was no limit to the lengths she would go, to protect her son. Even his school-mates were not spared; Ogolo had physically engaged with children who quarrelled or fought with Onukwube. It was no wonder he had no friends.

Onukwube was known as one of the villains of Nimbo community. Petty stealing was not beyond or beneath him. Whenever Onukwube entered any compound, something was bound to go missing. His infamy even extended to neighbouring villages of Uzo-Uwani; everyone called him a bad son and parents warned their children to avoid him. On one occasion when yet another case involving Onukwube had to be heard by the Igwe and his cabinet, Obande and Ogolo were summoned. But Ogolo was more defiant than usual, that day. She told the Igwe, in the hearing of all present, that he and his cabinet were envious of Onukwube; that was the only reason they often accused her precious son of stealing and other social vices. She then said that the Igwe was 'an enemy of progress' and that was why he didn’t have a son. It was because of the hardness of his heart and the atrocities he had committed, that the gods had punished him by withholding a son who would carry on his name, from him. That was why no matter how hard he tried, he had ended up fathering eight daughters.



IFECHIDERE is available in all Amazon markets on Kindle. It is also available as an EPUB and iBook on Smashwords, Overdrive.com, Kobo, Apple, Okadabooks.com and major online stores.



Author Bio

Chinedu Enechi is a Philosophy graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and an MA student of Political and Social Philosophy at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. His hobbies include cooking, reading, watching movies and hanging out with friends.

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Tell us a little about yourself?
I am honest, determine, ambitious and kind.
How did you realized you wanted to write?­­
I like telling stories; I started with folktales.
What books have most influenced your life most?
Hmm… I can’t say one particular book but some of the books that have an impact on me are Chinua Achebe’s Chike and River, and Things Fall Apart.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything?
No, absolutely no.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Yes, meeting the expectations of my readers/audience.
What projects are you working on at the present?
I am writing something on domestic violence in marriages and relationships that I hope will be adapted for the screen.
What book are you reading now (or the last book you read)?
“The Kingmaker” by Brain Haig and “The go-giver” by Bob Burg and John D. Mann.
If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
It would be Ifechidere. I would ask more questions about the Osu caste system.
One of your hobbies is cooking, is there a particular dish/recipe you’d like to share?
There is a native delicacy from my place ofe akwu (palm fruit stew). It's made with the liquid squeezed out of palm nuts.
Favorite food?
White rice with ofe akwu.
Favorite movies? Black American movies or action movies.
Last song you listened to? John Legend's “Tonight best you ever had”.
Dragon or Unicorns?
Dragons.
Superpower of choice?
The power to influence.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Try to learn the positive from any positive book you read.
Are there misconceptions that people have about your book? If so, explain.
None that I've been made aware of
What is the biggest thing that people THINK they know about your subject/genre, that isn’t so?
That all African literature is the same.
What is the most important thing that people DON’T know about your subject/genre that they need to know?
All African literature isn't the same; there are so many aspects and different sub-genres.
What inspires you?
My family and my experiences. Ifechidere is actually based on my mother's life story!
How is the best way for readers to connect with you and learn more about your books?
They can get in touch with me through my publisher, The Fearless Storyteller House Emporium Ltd – info@chiomannani.com I am also on Facebook (Chinedu Enechi) and Twitter @chineduenechi


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