A heart-wrenching story of love, courage and honour…
“We have all experienced pain and struggle in our life’s journey. We have stumbled, bled, cried and ached in our hearts. We cannot control what happens – all we can do is control how we respond to what happens. This story will make you realise just how fortunate you are and inspire you to take the next step now.”
The story kicks off in the early 1950s when two orphan sisters are separated against their wish because their aunt cannot afford to feed two mouths. The first sister is weak and wilts away but the heroine, Nkiru, keeps on walking.
The Politics of Love…
In the wake of her country’s independence from British rule, Nkiru meets an aspiring diplomat with radical political views and hopes that love will put her life back on course. However, love only complicates things. Her new husband asks for more than she knows how to give and the past is filled with shameful secrets that threaten to erupt.
Lies and Secrets…
The plot thickens as Nkiru climbs the ladder of life, fearing the sudden loss of all that she has toiled for (her children’s love, her husband’s trust and the successful business she built out of nothing) all because of a single fatal mistake. At the same time, her country descends further into conflict and corruption as a single foundational flaw leads to a brutal war and lingering mistrust. Eventually she finds the courage to confront the past and seek forgiveness for an unpardonable sin.
Set in the politically charged colonial and post-independence Africa as well as in London, Egg-Larva-Pupa-Woman is a novel that fearlessly tackles politics and history, as well as universal themes such as betrayal and forgiveness, entrepreneurship and self actualisation. Through a language laced with passion, poetry and deceptive simplicity, we see sisters and daughters, mothers and wives who metamorphose over time, juxtaposed with a nation’s fight for freedom, fall from grace and pursuit of an elusive destiny.
“This suspense novel is not for the faint of heart! And yet it is also a love story, a story of hope – destined to inspire and empower you to defy the odds in your own life. Whatever they may be…”
Egg-Larva-Pupa-Woman: Buy it, Read it, Love it!
“Powerful Praise for ‘Egg-Larva-Pupa-Woman’ from Book Lovers Around The World!”
“Ogo Akubue-Ogbata tells a very human story in Egg-Larva-Pupa-Woman. Her voice is assured. A writer of great promise, she has added the needed dimension to Nigerian Independence and the marking of the Black History Month.” The Guardian (Nigeria)
“Ọgọ Akubue-Ogbata dares to walk where angels fear to tread… In Egg-Larva-Pupa-Woman she creates a heroine, Nkiru, whose history blends seamlessly into the history of the Nigerian nation and by extension the black world.” Caine Prize nominee Maxim Uzoatu for ThisDay Newspaper – Nigeria (www.thisdayonline.com)
“Ọgọ, this is wonderful. The language is rich, the voices audible, the motivations stark and powerful. There is lots of beautiful and unusual imagery in this story as well as emotion and tension.” Julia Mary Lichtblau, New York – USA: Veteran Financial Journalist (for Business Week, Dow Jones and Wall Street Journal), 2007 winner of The Paris Writer’s Workshop Scholarship and Member of The Writer’s Room NYC
“I absolutely LOVED this book!!! I discovered Ogo Ogbata with Egg-Larva-Pupa-Woman and I have to say she is an amazing writer!!! She can really tell a story and reading this book was such a great and inspiring experience!! It was deep, moving, funny and so many other things at the same time!!! This is a page turner, slept at 4 am in the morning as I could not stop reading and I was working the next day!!! I went through so many emotions reading it!! I would like to thank the author for sharing such a great work with us!! I would definitely recommend it!!!” Isabelle Djeni – Associate Director, Traded Products Legal at UBS Investment Bank, London
“This book isn’t content with just being a love story, or a story about the relationships women have throughout their lives. It is an amazing read on a culture and world many of us in America will never experience. Beautifully written and full of detail and mystery, it is a book that I would recommend to anyone looking for something different and unique.” Laura Wheeler, Amazon Reviewer
“This is what I call an amazing book. I thought that it was well written and I was sad when I got to the end. The title says it all. We all go through metamorphosis and it is important to learn to forgive ourselves. I think this was even better written than ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’… Do read this book, it will inspire you!” NN, Amazon Reviewer
“I normally finish a book of this size in 2 months but read this manuscript in two days – skipping church (I’m a deaconess!) and staying up till late at night! The characters are very memorable and the subplots unpredictable. A great book; I’d love to read more from you.” Sharon Pemberton, Northampton – UK: Team Leader, Nene Valley Family Refuge
“I feel that this book is indescribable and that my review won’t do it justice. The author has a way with words and really draws out emotions from the reader. I was rooting for Nkiru the entire time. It wasn’t simply life story, but also her change into a better, braver person. It was emotional and completely raw. Nothing was diverted or dodged. Ogo has an important, must-read novel to her name. This book will give you insight into another person’s life and help you to realise just how lucky you are.” The Book Owl
“This fantastic story gave me lots of new insight on everyday life in Africa and the human condition in general! I simply couldn’t put it down. Please keep on writing.” Joann Gilhooly, Kettering – UK: Marketing Manager, Twyford Bushboard
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The Journey So Far…
26th Sept. 2009 – Pre-publication reviews,
1st Oct – Published by Priceless Books,
8th Oct – Featured on SKY TV Network UK, Channel 184,
11th Oct – Interviewed by Mark Dean of BBC Radio Northampton,
20th Nov – First public reading at Southbank Centre, London,
21st Nov – First public book signing at The Ogidi Commemoration of Chinua Achebe’s classic novel ‘Things Fall Apart’, West Norwood Library Centre, London,
23rd Nov – Author interview on BBC World Service (premier breakfast show ‘Network Africa’) at The Strand, London,
14th Dec – First library reading and signing at Battersea Library, London… read more soon