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 concubine is a fictitious novel by Nigerian author Elechi Amadi. The novel was first published in after which the author published a number of other literary works; which include: The book title The concubine is symbolic as its meaning is only revealed to the reader in the closing chapters of the novel. The concubine has its setting in rural Nigeria, as the author makes an effort to depict the African traditional Way of life in its totality; its religious, social, cultural and economic activities.
A number of Nigerian rural villages are mentioned in the book, all of which aid in building the African authenticity in the novel. The storyline of the novel revolves around the main character- Ihuoma, a beautiful and attractive lady in her village. She gains admiration by all and sundrynot only for Her beauty but how gracefully she conducts herself in her housekeeping duties. Later on an argument over a piece of land results to a fight between Emenike and Madume. Madume suffers guilt for being responsible for the death of a Kinsman.
She however refuses his advances, resulting in Madume harassing her. 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. Ihuoma tries to discourage Ekwueme, since she already has children and he is younger than she is. He becomes unable to cope with his predicament — blindness, and decides to end his life; which is an abomination in his community.
On the other hand, Ekwueme recovers from his sickness after being granted the permission to marry Ihuoma. Despite the revelation of impending misfortune, Ekwueme and Ihuoma consider it too late to reverse their relationship and opt to go ahead with their wedding preparations.
Ekwueme succumbs to the arrow wound and dies. Ihuoma is left devastated and wishes for her own death. The novel ends with Ihuoma in a state of devastation. The author has explored a number of themes in the novel, including; role of elexhi supernatural on human lives.
Supernatural forces are evidently seen to concubibe an upper hand in human relationships and have control over the course that such relationships take. In line with the theme of the role of divinities in human lives, is the theme of superstition. The theme of love is elechj explored in the novel. Emphasis is on the strength of love. Ekwueme is certain of his fate if he marries Ihuoma, but goes on, driven by love.
He was my most favourite African novelist. His portrayal of the African village way of life is second to none. I am feeling so sad I lost all his novelks I bought and they are difficult to find here in Zambia.
However, the Great Ponds stands out to be my greatest novel by Amadi. A friend of mine informed me about the death of Elichi Amadi a day after his demise.
Elichi lives on in his book The Concubine.
His ability to portray an African culture within the perspective of Nigerian setting is magnificient and wholistic in his literary works. What a great lost. Manju Kabba, Thank you so much for your comments that are really touching.
His ability to portray an African culture within the perspective of Nigerian setting is not only amazing but equally magnificient and wholistic in maadi literary works.
I studied this novel when I was in high school and it was interesting.
I see it like yesterday though it is 22yrs ago. I was shocked by the death of Elechi, may God rest him in peace. Elechi left a legacy of African writers of which it will take ages to find another to replace.
Hello Victoria, Look-out for an email from admin african-literature. What an interesting novel it is.
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