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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Return to Book Page. Meanwhile, Ahurole has fled and has joined her parents. His ability to portray an African culture within the perspective of Nigerian setting is not only amazing but equally magnificient ckncubine wholistic in his literary works. I am feeling so sad I lost all his novelks I bought and they are difficult to find here in Zambia. No european values to disturb the age old Eastern Nigerian ways.

But Ekwueme and his parents will not believe this story entirely unless they try another medicine man. But their passion is fated and jealousy, a love potion and the eledhi of the spirit world are important factors.

Nov 08, E,echi Mundi rated it it was amazing. And it’s a really interesting read when you consider the interplay of cultural and traditional beliefs and destiny and free will and deities. What happened to the African spirit? For me, it was a book set in the traditional village community untouched by colonization and amxdi adverse effects.

The author has explored a number of themes in the novel, including; role of the supernatural on human lives. Iconic One Theme Powered by WordPress. I wished Ihouma and Ekewame would have been able to live happily ever after.


Effective and judicious in his diction, Amadi paints a vivid depiction of life in this bygone era, rich and replete with customs, folklore, and perspectives that reflect a slowly fading reality. The plot meanders and so does the point of view. His native language was Ekwerri but he published his writings in English. Ekwueme, on the other hand, is far from perfect, but he’s likable and his flaws give him humanity.

It doesn’t get more than an “I liked it”, though, because it just didn’t move me as Achebes book did.

On a particular day, Madume tries to stop Ihuoma from harvesting crops on the piece of land that had caused an argument between him and Emenike. Webarchive template wayback links Books with missing cover All stub articles. It’s a great read and I’d read it again, because it dwells on aspects of culture and customs of people in Nigeria and it’s well told- you just can’t put this down.

After his recovery, he convinces his troubled parents of his intention to marry Ihuoma.

A book that took my attention all the way to the end. I was locked in from the beginning until the end. Want to Read saving….

Feb 09, Yewande Akeredolu rated it liked it. The sentences were short and choppy – the chapters wee short.

Jun 18, Sheena rated it really liked it Shelves: Wigwe along with his wife, Adaku, will not stop there. This was weird in the end. Ihuoma is left devastated and wishes for her own death. Even though she has her doubts and fear of the unknown in the guise of nightmares and hallucinations, her doggedness and homely character through the lonely, dreadful period of widowhood has won many people to her side.

There is no mention of any western influences or events, and the novel has a timeless quality. And please share this post with your friends and loved ones! However, unlike Anyika, he believes he possesses the powers to disarm the deadly Sea-King amdai harming Ekwueme.


Nigeria’s Elechi Amadi, author of The Concubine, dies – BBC News

An Introduction Ismail S. Jun 17, Dora Okeyo rated it really liked it. Apr 24, Chioma Bethel rated it it was amazing Shelves: But their passion is fated and jealousy, a love potion and the closeness of the spirit world are important factors I love the fluidity of the story, i couldn’t drop the book when i started.

This is a scintillating tale of love and yearning for love and getting heartbroken, not once but many times.

The Concubine

However, it is masterfully told and carries you along completely. But as a wise woman who is deeply rooted in the ways of the people, she declines because he is already betrothed to Ahurole, another girl from her own village, Omigwe. His first attempt at winning Ihuoma over fails; his guts to bear out his mind to her fail him and he goes epechi dejected. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.

His well-meaning brother-in-law, Nnadi alongside his anadi So go and settle your differences with your husband peacefully. But his mission is soon aborted and he comes home limping, with a badly injured toe. Ihuouma is ill fated and loses her husband prematurely. He is later to be found on top of a tree armed with a cub daring anyone to disturb him.