A Rose in Bloom
is a contemporary Nigerian cum African Tale. It is more than just an ordinary love story as it also catalogues the cultures and trials of a modern day Nigerian society.
It narrates the life a young lady on coming of age but in spite of the modernity of times, age old beliefs and tradition nearly derail all her wedding plans.
Life in the city and the rural areas are unraveled as the struggle between traditional tenets and western influences is traced in the life of Nkiru Ubaka, the heroine of the story. She was born of middle class parents and had the presumed good life.
On coming of age like a rose in bloom, Nkiru attracted many suitors which initiated a struggle. With that settled and Nkiru now engaged and ready to tie the knot but for another family secret to surface and derail all the well laid out plans.
The story showcases a dichotomy of ideas: it is as political as it is moral, as modern as it is traditional and as exotic as it is familiar. It ruffles the feathers of Politics, Religion and Tradition in the African context.
Ejine Okoroafor-Ezediaro is a Medical Doctor and Novelist. She originally hails from Oguta, Nigeria. She also attended University of Port Harcourt for her first degree in Physics before proceeding to Ukraine on scholarship to study Medicine. She subsequently relocated to the United Kingdom where she practiced Medicine until 2005 when she relocated to join her spouse in the USA. Ejine have always exhibited a flair for writing prose, poetry and an immense appetite for reading novels right from childhood. Her significant immersion in the Sciences failed to subdue this flair or love for Literary Arts. She was only able to pursue this gift diligently when she found herself in the position of a stay at home housewife while sitting for the USMLE. Her reignated passion has so far spanned A Rose In Bloom and its sequel, Pathos of a wilting Rose as well as a collection of poems, Whimsical Rhapsody. Some of her work have also been published in various anthologies including Twilight Musings, Songs of Honor and other sites on the internet. Ejine promises that her best is yet to come.