Prisoner of Destiny

Note: This historical fiction, Prisoner of Destiny, was written in English and French by Uchenna Kennedy Nwakamma. Both versions are included in this book.

 

Description of Prisoner of Destiny (English)

The play takes place around Umuariam, a consanguineous community in Obowo Local Government Area of Imo State. “Prisonnier du Destin” tells the story of Uche, a young medical graduate and orphan, who requested a sponsorship from his community to go and practice abroad in order to earn a lot of money and develop his village.

His request was eventually granted, however, when he became wealthy, he decided to bite the hand that fed him by neglecting his village people, but what he didn’t know was that with the help of the village Chief Priest, his kinsmen indirectly made him swear before he traveled that he was going to develop the village once he becomes rich, and the only feedback he received from the Chief Priest that day was “If you forget us, your people, we will also forget that you’re our son and treat you like an enemy.”

In this novel, Prisoner of Destiny, the author clearly demonstrated that through our actions, we (humans) are allowing the spirit of fatalism to enter our lives, which signifies that an individual’s destiny is predetermined by a power beyond human desire, particularly witchcraft.

Uchenna Kennedy Nwakamma equally used this novel to highlight the key aspects of the history and culture of Umuariam, his native town. He advises all the traditional rulers in Africa to carefully read the last chapter in order to see the importance of a ceremony such as the Ntumaka ceremony in a consanguineous community.

 

Description of Prisonnier du Destin (French)

Prisoner of Destiny

L’intrigue se déroule à Umuariam, une communauté consanguine située dans l’arrondissement d’Obowo, dans l’État d’Imo. “Prisonnier du Destin” raconte l’histoire d’Uche, un jeune diplômé en médecine et orphelin, qui a sollicité sa communauté pour qu’elle le soutienne financièrement afin de pouvoir travailler à l’étranger et contribuer au développement de son village.

Sa demande fut acceptée, cependant, lorsqu’il devint riche, il mordit la main qui lui a nourri en abandonnant les habitants de son village, mais ce qu’il ignorait c’est qu’avec l’aide du marabout du village, les anciens de son village l’ont indirectement fait jurer avant de voyager qu’il allait développer le village une fois qu’il deviendrait riche, et les seuls mots qu’il avait entendus du marabout ce jour-là étaient « Si tu nous oublies, ta communauté, nous oublierons aussi que tu es notre fils et te traiterons comme un ennemi. »

Dans cette œuvre, l’auteur a clairement illustré le fait qu’à travers nos actions, nous ( les humains ) invitons l’esprit du fatalisme dans nos vies, ce qui fait en sorte que le destin d’un individu échappe à la volonté humaine et soit fixé à l’avance par un pouvoir supérieur aux êtres humains, surtout la magie noire.

Uchenna Kennedy Nwakamma a également fait usage de ce roman pour mettre en lumière les éléments clés de l’histoire et de la culture d’Umuariam, son village natal. Il recommande à tous les chefs traditionnels africains de lire avec attention le dernier chapitre pour comprendre l’importance d’une cérémonie comme la cérémonie de Ntumaka dans une société consanguine.

 

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Prisoner of Destiny (Prisonnier du Destin)

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