Author Imoh Essien Pens a Deeply Moving Tale of Love, Hope and Faith in New Book

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The story of Odudu and Sikiratu, two people caught in the midst of life’s most precarious situation.

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Odudu possessed enough mental strength and resilience that enabled him to cut a neat path to wealth and fame. But love, that sweet ethereal feeling, surprisingly brought untold suffering, uncertainty, and heartache to his world and that of his close associates.

Quagmires of Life written by Imoh Essien is a fictional novel that tells the story of love, hope and faith for two people caught in a precarious life situation that both could never have imagined. Clara “Sikiratu” Umar, the object of Odudu’s love is a Hausa princess and a fiancée of a big brain within the underworld. With the inebriety of love beclouding his sense of reasoning, Odudu took no cognisance of the risk surrounding him in his affair with the princess.

Odudu is a man born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but later got acquainted with poverty due to his father’s fall from grace to grass. In the course of time, he still achieved greatness, thus restoring the family’s fortune. He fell in love with Sikiratu and light seemed to shine with a greater luminescence on his world. Yet danger was lurking around the corner, inching nearer, closing in on him.

He was kidnapped and whisked away by unknown persons, and his family was thrown into chaos. In the hands of his assailants, he suffered starvation, torture, degradation. How will he be able to escape this certain death? Will he still be able to look forward to a fulfilling life with Sikiratu?

Quagmires of Life is a deeply moving love story that will allow readers to realize a much deeper issue about a system where, behind the mask of power, wealth, and high social status, evil men will steal and inflict pain among their victims; seize power while others suffer in silence under their tyranny. Even in the midst of all the daunting quagmires of life, this book will teach readers that it is by having perseverance, love, hope and faith that deliverance will come to those who are truly incorruptible and God-fearing.

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About the Author
Imoh Essien was born on 3 February 1978 to Mr and Mrs Michael Essien of Iffe Town in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. He has a BSc and an MBA in banking and finance. He has had an interesting career working first in the banking sector from 2003 to 2005 and in the oil and gas industry as an accountant since August 2005 to date. He has varied experiences, having travelled both locally and internationally in the course of his work. He is married, blessed with two children, and likes writing.
Quagmires of Life * by Imoh Essien
Publication Date: January 30, 2013
Trade Paperback; £13.99; 125 pages; 978-1-4797-7982-6
Trade Hardback; £23.99; 125 pages; 978-1-4797-7983-3
Ebook; £3.99; 978-1-4797-7984-0

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