Author Nwanganga Shields Features the Ill Effects of Marriage of Convenience

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New novel reveals how marriage can become one of the most important decisions that one has to make.

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Marriage of convenience has indeed proliferated in today’s society. What many describe as marital bliss is just merely a desperate course of action for others, a means to an end. This has been evidenced by the arrest done recently in Canada where the Canada Border Services Agency has charged seven people who were allegedly involved in a marriage of convenience scheme. According to Brandon Sun News, “the agency says the accused acted as go-betweens who arranged for Canadian citizens to marry and sponsor Chinese nationals”. This just goes to show how such marriage has indeed become a rampant business for many opportunists. In line with this, author Nwanganga Shields shares EJITURU, a compelling book that features the journey of a young girl forced to marry for the sake of security.

In this touching story, readers will meet Ejituru, a bright and determined eighteen-year-old girl whose dream is to complete her medical degree in her own country, Nigeria. Although his daughter is a diligent student, Ejituru’s father has other plans in mind. He wants her to marry Ignatius, an older man whom he believes to be a successful U.S. immigrant. Caught by the pressures of her father and the persistence of Ignatius, Ejituru eventually was convinced that marriage to a man she knows nothing about would be her ticket to becoming a full-fledged doctor. Little did she know that her life was about to change for the worse with this decision. In the end, Ejituru finds out the hard way that indeed there is nothing convenient about marriage of convenience.

Stirring awareness on the dangers and degrading outcomes of arranged marriages, this book is a perfect tool in teaching young girls to fight for their rights to pursue their own ambition, as well as to marry out of love, not money or status. Engaging, this book is a beacon of inspiration to all those who find themselves locked up in the limitations of their cultural, economic and social upbringing.

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About the Author

Nwanganga G. Shields was born and raised in Arochukwu, Nigeria and currently resides in Bethesda, Maryland. She retired from the World Bank and is a widow with four grown children and eight grandchildren. Shields studied at University of St Andrews and American University. Inspired by authors like Orhan Pamuk, Julian Barnes, and Robert Harris, she hopes to give her readers something to think about with her own writing. Ejituru is her first novel.

EJITURU * by Nwanganga Shields
Publication Date: March 19, 2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 293 pages; 978-1-4836-0180-9
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 293 pages; 978-1-4836-0181-6
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4836-0182-3

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