Storm in a Pot set for launch on author’s 40th birthday
As the popular saying goes, ‘Life begins at 40’, and for the Abuja-based lawyer and writer, Panshak Haggai, nothing will please him more than to celebrate his 40th birthday with a presentation of his literary work.
The event, which holds on August 17, 2019, at Mungo Park (Shashaz Delight) Garden, on Onitsha Crescent, off Gimbiya Street, Area 11, Garki Abuja, by 3:00p.m., will feature the unveiling of his maiden novel, Storm in a Pot.
The author had previously written two books: Principles of Nigerian Law and Nigerian Business and Cooperative Law. However, Storm in a Pot is his first attempt at writing fiction.
Being motivated by the resilience in the human heart and societal themes, which amplify faith in humanity, Haggai unleashes his deep-seated love for creative writing while communicating pertinent moral truths simultaneously.
Storm in a Pot centres on an incredibly resilient woman called Sikimi, a resident in Aisika village. The reader is taken through her turbulent experiences of non-fulfillment, acute poverty and a miscarriage that almost cost her life.
In addition to her personal challenges, she is faced with the task of parenting seven children after being abandoned by Edivo, her irresponsible husband.
Her relationship with her adventurous teenage daughter, Nemsi, highlights Sikimi’s personality as a typical lower level African mother.
The unexplained disappearance of Edivo adds pressure on Sikimi, but in spite of the challenges that follow, She remains strong and resolves to tow the path of integrity and honour as she plays the role of a mother to her equally desperate offspring.
The unforeseen appearance of Qauna, Edivo’s daughter from another woman introduces an interesting twist to the story.
It deepens the reality of betrayal for Sikimi but it also proves to be a blessing in disguise for the family as the story progresses.
Through the eyes of Sikimi, the reader is taken through a tortuous journey undertaken daily by a number of women in Africa who languish silently in poverty, oppression and diverse forms of economic, social and religious injustice.
They courageously bear all these for the sake of their children and families. The story highlights the fact that with determination and courage, the human heart possesses the capacity to rise above the storms of life.
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