Stella Ify Osammor

Within the pages of The Triumph of Water Lily, Ify Osammor has been thorough in her narrative, indicative of much research and diligence. I praise her for this excellent piece and for the great effort she has put in - for this, she deserves great respect and recognition both locally and internationally.
I have personally witnessed the agonising experiences of persons, who have been involved in situations such as those described so vividly in this book, making them feel, in some cases, that the pursuit of justice may be  ...See more >


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"Osammor’s book provides a snapshot of a woman’s life in Nigeria. Her use of accented English and her rich descriptions of the food and clothing of Lagos, Ibadan, and the surrounding regions are transporting. She touches on such cultural topics as war, politics, religion, and journalistic ethics, and also describes a traditional wedding in intimate detail."

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AWARDS, PRESS & INTERESTS

Africa Magazine , 2006: The Triumph of the Water Lily

FINAL SHORTLIST :ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIAN AUTHORS, 1996: The Triumph of the Water Lily

TES REVIEW , 2016

Good Read Review , 2014

Hometown DELTA

Favorite author CHINUA ACHEBE

Favorite book ANT HILLS OF THE SAVANNAH

Day job IN-HOUSE LAWYER

Favorite line from a book TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF MY LIFE.

Favorite word REDEEMED

Unexpected skill or talent SING FABULOUS LULLABIES

Passion in life EVANGELISING


BOOKS REVIEWED BY KIRKUS:

FICTION & LITERATURE
Pub Date:
Page count: 214pp

Osammor’s debut novel follows the life and love of a strong Nigerian woman.

Effua is a foreign correspondent for the British newspaper The Guardian. Her current assignment as an instructor at a three-month seminar for new journalists brings her back home to Lagos, Nigeria. She’s happy to be home but dismayed to learn that her good friend Nkem has separated from her husband. Though Nkem’s motivations seem sound and their own friendship remains solid, Effua is worried about Nkem’s emotional well-being. Nkem can’t conceive children, so when her ex-husband and his new wife announce the impending arrival of a child, Effua’s heart breaks for her friend. But despite her concerns and a busy work schedule, Effua finds herself entertaining romantic thoughts of her own. Norman, a journalist employed by the Nigerian president’s press office, has been pursuing Effua for years and has recently stepped up his game. Though she initially resists his overtures, she soon finds herself spending more and more time with the handsome, intelligent man. Osammor’s book provides a snapshot of a woman’s life in Nigeria. Her use of accented English and her rich descriptions of the food and clothing of Lagos, Ibadan, and the surrounding regions are transporting. She touches on such cultural topics as war, politics, religion, and journalistic ethics, and also describes a traditional wedding in intimate detail. But although Osammor successfully captures everyday moments, the overall narrative drags and wanders. There’s very little conflict or romantic tension to drive the plot forward; instead, the book reads more like a daily journal with anthropological details, and includes errors such as, “this is incredulous.” That said, there are passages of insight and beauty, such as Effua’s observation that Nkem,“through her pain and suffering and unfulfilled longing for motherhood; conceived within her generous self, something that was yet more precious than an offspring.” Yet sentiments such as these are lost in the rambling narrative.

An aimless read, despite occasionally beautiful moments.

ADDITIONAL WORKS AVAILABLE:

KADEJA THE FULANI PEARL QUEEN
Educational, History, Children's book, Teaching resource

The story of Kadeja is a haunting tale about the capture of a Fulani princess as she travelled through the African rainforest to her betrothed; the heir of the Ashanti throne. The book is an engaging tale about the ardent love and aspiration of 2 young people. The work is nevertheless a crucial teaching resource for Key Stage 2 and 3 History. The book “Kadeja the Fulani Pearl Queen” is a concise teaching resource; that enables teachers deliver excellent lessons about the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The book in its appendix section, examines the impact the trade had on different aspects of African life. Evidence from the various strands of social media,suggests that race relation is an important sociological element in the thinking of young people today. It must be mentioned that many young people don’t realise that white people of goodwill; such as William Wilberforce worked alongside fellow black Abolitionist such as OludahEquono (as life-long friends) to end the evil trade in human beings. The book flags this up in its appendix section and follow on work.

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ISBN: 978-1904213468
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