New Writer Adds Log to the Fire of African Literature

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Gozie Igweze’s Debut novel imparts African sensibilities on universal story of starting over.

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When Nigerian-born writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie debuted her critically-acclaimed Purple Hibiscus and was later shortlisted for the 2002 Caine Prize for African Writing, she helped usher in a resurgence of African writing that found high popularity amongst American readers. Author Gozie Igweze continues this literary wave with the release of her first novel The Witness (published by AuthorHouse).

Brimming with the nuances of African culture, The Witness takes place in Enugu, Nigeria, and tells the story of an unlikely heroine, Ama.

Ama’s story goes from fairy tale to hard times, as she finds herself as a school dropout, with no money and a young son to raise. She is estranged from her parents. Her fiancé and the father of her son is incarcerated by officers of a state agency. Compounding her current problems, Ama is subpoenaed to be a prosecution witness in a case against the suspected killers of a fellow student six years prior.

Ama’s struggles to get her life back on track by herself and on her own terms. With some help from her parents, now reunited with her, Ama begins to piece her life back together. This time Ama is older and wiser and has her attention fully focused on getting her architecture degree and raising her son. But as it often does, love knocks again, this time dressed up as a sharp police officer who wants her to help him nail the bad guys. This is Ama’s second chance at finding true love.

While always harboring a love for writing, Igweze has traveled a winding road to arrive at the publication of her first book. “My inspiration is my belief that a dream delayed is not a dream denied,” says Igweze. “I have always felt like I have something to say. My writing is my way of adding my two cents of commentary to the issues of my time.”

Igweze is also inspired by the idea of leaving a legacy for her children to follow. “I tell my children that one of the few ways you can stand out is by creating something. If you have been given a talent you are beholden to do something with that talent that is bigger than yourself.”

About the Author
Gozie Igweze grew up in Nigeria. She graduated from law school in 1985. She worked for private companies and for the government before moving to the United States in 1997 to begin a new life. She successfully embarked on a new career as a registered nurse as well as pursuing her love of writing. She lives in southern California with husband Ben and four children.

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