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Ihuoma, a beautiful young widow, has the admiration of the entire community in which she lives, and especially of the hunter Ekwueme. But their passion is fated . The Concubine by Elechi Amadi The concubine is a fictitious novel by Nigerian author Elechi Amadi. The novel was first published in after which the author . The Concubine by Elechi Amadi centres round the year old Ihuoma, a beautiful, gentle and charming woman whose personality is second.

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The plot meanders and so does the point of view. I was shocked by the death of Elechi, may God rest him in peace. So off they go to Aliji, another village far away from Omokachi. Wigwe along with his wife, Adaku, will not stop there.

He becomes unable to cope with his predicament — blindness, and decides to end his life; which is an abomination in his community. Even though Emenike beat the stubborn, egoistic Madume in the fight, he is later to suffer from what is regarded as ‘lock-chest’.

Nigeria’s Elechi Amadi, author of The Concubine, dies

Easily the comcubine unpretentious romantic novel ever written. He worked in as a landsurveyor in Enugu and then as a science teacher in Protestant mission schools in Oba and Ahoada. She gains admiration by all and sundrynot only for Her beauty but how gracefully she conducts herself in her clncubine duties.


A popular young man, Emenike, is wounded in a fight with another wrestler, Madume, leaving his young beautiful wife Ihuoma alone with their three children.

Was Iheoma so lovely because she quietly suffered? Set in a remote village in Eastern Nigeria, an area yet to be affected by European values and where society is orderly and predictable, the story concerns a woman “of great beauty and dignity” who inadvertently brings suffering and death to all her lovers. In The Concubine, the reader is completel I enjoyed this.

In he served as Commissioner of Lands and Housing. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. As a tradition, his amqdi is to be taken far away from the village and thrown into convubine deep forest.

Refresh and try again. My library Help Advanced Book Search. I was locked in from the beginning until the end.

The Concubine by Elechi Amadi

But as per the rules, she keeps quiet about this and drives him away for him, through reluctantly. Ekwueme’s passion for Ihuoma, and the conflict between their love and the traditions and conventions of the society they inhabit, creates much of the tension in the novel.

I really enjoyed this book. My only issue was with the title. Manju Conubine, Thank you so much for your comments that are really touching. You trust the medicine man, because he is the authority in this place, and somehow that makes for quite a magical experience.


Ekwueme’s passion for Ihuoma, and the conflict between their love and the tradit This is a beautifully written and engaging story with interesting characters. Amadi has a rare talent for building up his characters through realistic, naturally flowing conversations and has a sense of how people react to different situations.

He is clearly proud of his culture and wants to conucbine the reader about it, but refrains from lavishing extended explanations of African life and society that too many novels force on the reader. This book is a masterpiece.

The best of his characters, though unashamedly primitive, are dignified, considerate, and moral, while those who are not are ostracized from the community. However, if the Sea-King is appeased through powerful sacrifices he could still allow Ekwueme to be Ihuoma’s concubine.

Aug 18, Nnedi rated it it was amazing. This article about a Nigerian concibine is a stub. Jul 30, Kihara Kimachia rated it it was amazing. If you insist you must go somewhere else. One of the most amazing books I have read in a while.

It’s a beautifully told story.