Africa has always produced literary giants. From Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka to the author of the international bestseller Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe, and Ayi Kwei Armah, The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born, and legendary playwright Ola Rotimi, author of The Gods Are Not To Blame. These wordsmiths have produced literary works that have spanned decades and inspired millions of young people worldwide.
One such person is Enitan J. Rotimi, whose new work, Stories Untold, weaves a simple tale of love, strategy, the basest human emotions and the evil they can bring, and the joys of triumph when all hope is lost. It must be
The story is set in an imaginary West African kingdom in the early nineteenth century; Stories Untold follows the life and travails of Prince Makati. What was supposed to be a joyous occasion, a marriage to seal an alliance between two mighty kingdoms, ends in tragedy? A jealous and scheming rival seeks the King's and Makati's life, but providence intervenes.
Instead of losing his life, the prince loses his freedom and ends up on a slave ship bound for the plantations in the Americas. The King's death and the crown prince's disappearance create a vacuum on the throne that Makati's half-brother Ika fills.
However, Ika is just a puppet for the puppet master and the reason behind the turmoil in the kingdom, his mother, Queen Nyoka. Ika and Nyoka manage to bring a formerly prosperous nation to the brink of collapse as extreme poverty, violence, and disorder become the norm. Setting the tone for the return of the rightful heir. Does he succeed, or do the forces now entrenched in the kingdom emerge victorious again? You have to get the book to find out.
With Stories Untold, Enitan weaves the tale so that it becomes difficult to put the book down until the end. Incorporating slavery was a reality in West Africa for centuries, adding other themes like betrayal, enduring love, the jealousy that polygamy breeds, and the enduring human spirit. With the book, Enitan is like a spider weaving intricate web after web of interesting characters and actions, drawing you in until you have no choice but to read to the end.
This is not Enitan's first work; he has written two other books, Mega Millionaire and Breaks the Curse. However, as their first foray into fiction, Rotimi must be satisfied with his work. We can't wait for his next work of fiction. Stories Untold: Escape From Slavery, like his other books, are available on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Enitan-Rotimi/e/B004TGYOK8%25Fref=dba_a_mng_rwt_scns_share).
Apart from being an author, Enitan is also a cyber-security expert. He is New York City'sCity's first Regional IT coordinator for its bio-terrorism program and serves as a consultant for several other government agencies and Fortune 500 companies. He is also the son of one of Nigeria's greatest playwrights and Theatre Arts professors, Ola Rotimi. Enitan wrote Stories Untold in memory of his father.