New Novel Puts a Human Face on HIV/AIDS in Nigeria

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Gozie Igweze’s A Woman’s Dilemma uses heartfelt characters to touch on important subject

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Why did no one question what this strange “mysterious illness” that is taking the lives of many young people in the country really is?

Gozie Igweze’s new novel A Woman's Dilemma (published by AuthorHouse) represents the culmination of her need to bring greater awareness of HIV/AIDS issues in Africa, through the use of a telling and compelling story.

Iqweze’s cast of characters is diverse but each of them shares a common thread: overcoming adversity. Ama finds herself a school drop-out with no money and a young son to raise. Estranged from her parents, her fiancé and the father of her son was incarcerated. Ogechukwu became a widow at the age of 30 and was left with four young children to raise and her diseased husband’s textile business to run. Uwanekwu is the diseased husband’s hateful brother, who did not allow death to end his vendetta against his brother.

An excerpt from A Woman’s Dilemma:

The news ended with the obituaries as it did every evening on the local TV station. The announcer announced, “With hearts full of sorrow, the Nduka family of Ogidi, in Idemili Local government area of Anambra State regret to announce the death of their beloved husband, father, brother, and uncle, Ugochukwu Nduka after a brief illness.” That was all Dr. Ifedi heard and he quickly turned off the television in frustration, sighing at the announcement of the death of yet another son of the state to the mysterious “brief illness.” Why did everyone just seem to so readily accept it? Why did no one question what this strange “mysterious illness” that is taking the lives of many young people in the country really is?

“The message in this book is to encourage at risk people to get tested,” Igweze writes. “The book also seeks to condemn the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS diagnosis which still exists especially in third world countries.”

About the Author
Gozie Igweze grew up in Nigeria, where she graduated from law school in 1985. She worked in private companies and also worked 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.

Igweze is also the author of The Witness.

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