The Child of the Creek is a love story, which is surrounded by several conflicts stirred up by unforgiveness, pride, ego, selfishness, and personal interest. These conflicts began when Tobho beat up Ebiere at the waterside after a minor disagreement. Her elder brother, Keme, made efforts to retaliate and was also beaten up by Tobho.
This led to several other conflicts until it gave birth to major communal war, where Ayi, Tobho’s grandmother, and several other people were brutally killed by Keme and his men. The people of the community fled to other villages for safety due to the communal crisis as Keme and his men dominated the land and continued to kill those who were in opposition to their activities. They burnt down houses and destroyed several properties.
Soon, the news of the communal crisis reached the government and several troops of the military was sent to the community. When the military came to intervene, Keme and his men refused to take a bow. They stood against the military in another fierce battle but as they were running out of weapons, some of them withdrew and escaped into the forest but the military went after them and killed most of them. Consequently, several young men, including Keme, lost their lives in the fierce battle between the military and the village boys.
The news of the death of Keme and his men restored peace in Ebiama community but the impact of the communal crisis was unforgettable. Those who lost their loved ones silently nursed their pain. Tobho’s family was mourning the death of Ayi. Ebiere and her family was mourning the death of Keme, the only son of Perekeme’s nuclear family.
The warring families seem to be in an irreconcilable enmity. Nevertheless, Tobho and Ebiere, who ought to distant themselves from each other, suddenly revealed their intention of getting married through the lips of Gidigidi, the chief priest of Edeni, the god of war and protection. Their parents were shocked and left to decide the fate of the secret lovers, right before the presence of the leaders and elders of the village.
The novel is a fiction; however, real life occurrences and experiences are carefully pictured in the pages of the book. This deliberate style of writing serves to remind the people of Niger Delta about the impact of the violence that took place in the region in the years past. The novel was written to expose and highlight some of the elements that had contributed to the violence in Niger Delta Region of Nigeria in the years past.
The novel is a special novel for the Ijaw people. As we (specifically the people of the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria) read the pages of this book, we will find better ways of resolving our disputes instead of taking the part of violence that had brought about the loss of valuable properties and sadly the death of several young people in the region.
We can agree that most of these elements that had contributed to the violence in the region are still staring at the face of the people today. Moreover, even in recent past, these crises continue to surface with different monstrous faces in the region; however, we should learn from our past and make up our minds to resolve our disputes by adopting better approaches.
The Child of the Creek captures occurrences that took place before Independence to the present. It explores some of the fundamental cultural and traditional activities of the Ijaw people. The novel is historical, educative, and informative. It is captivating and thrilling, full of suspense. It has a very unique narrative style. The language of the novel is simple and can be read and understood by both children and adults. It is a great novel that can be used to study the unique cultures and traditions of the Ijaw People.
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