This author is known for his intense and contemporary poetry. In this collection, he is branching out into seven short stories and brings that fierce feeling to each one. Using the depth of culture from his home country of Nigeria, he presents strong characters dealing with a myriad of life events. The collection starts with Black Lives Matter, where he examines the life of a famous footballer taking a chance in a European league where racism is a blatant and latent occurrence.
In the title story, Inferno of Silence, he dissects a marriage that started in love and admiration and has evolved into the day to day drudgery of two people living separate lives in the same space.
Showing a multi faceted personality, the main character of Return Journey is a womanizing businessman who has a softer side as a poet.
This wide range of characters, as well as the author’s ability to write about the heart of matters, makes this an enjoyably intelligent read and an author to keep an eye on.
The first collection of short stories by this multitalented author entwines everyday events that are articulated in excellent storytelling.
The title story “Inferno of Silence” portrays men’s societal challenges and the unspoken truths and burdens that men bear. While “Black lives Matter” shows the firsthand trauma of a man facing racism as a footballer plying his trade in Europe.
Stories range from “Return Journey” where we encounter a techpreneur/ Poet/Serial Womanizer confronting consequences of his past actions to “Blinded by Silence” where a couple united by love must face a political upheaval changing their fortune.
Completed with stories of relationships: “Trouble in Umudike” – family wealth and marriage, “Everybody don Kolomental” where the main character deals with mental health issues, and “In the Trap of Seers” when one’s life is on auto-reverse and with the death of her confidante, her mother as she takes us through her ordeal and journey to redemption. This is a broad and very inclusive collection.