'Still on the Matter' is a collection of fiction writings spanning 25 years. What started out as a playful writing passion evolved into stories of life events from police brutality, religious diversity, corruption and government etc. The stories comically question African development based on ignorance and colonial mentality and ask the reader to relate with characters and situations in them. The book is dedicated to my siblings who have always been supportive of my writing and passion for cinema, especially Alero. My travels in Europe and West Africa early in life exposed me to a multi-faceted cultural world and I hope I have captured this in my writing style. Certain characters appear in more than one story even though the stories are not directly related and it is my way of creating a complete story book of different stories with similar underlying tones that can be related with by Africans in The Diaspora especially.
In this compendium of vignettes that are laced with coruscating wit and thought-provoking story lines, Ejiro Eghagha explores the myriad of mentalities lurking within the swathe of humanity residing in modern African settings.
Through an array of compelling characterizations that range from the con artists of the clerical class and the hard-bitten underclass to the intellectually minded chattering classes, Eghagha consistently keeps the reader enthralled with his disseminations on the mechanics of survival and the struggle to give meaning to lives lived in settings replete with moral ambiguity and social dysfunctionality.
They are parables which distill in frank and humorous tones the essence of the not so frequently documented 'dance of life' in contemporary Africa.
About the Author:
Ejiro A. Eghagha was born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1969 and is partly Okpe and Itsekiri. He attended St. Mary's Private School Lagos, Command Secondary School Ipaja, St. Gregory's College Obalende and the University of Lagos Akoka. His father worked as a diplomat and his mother was an educationist.
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