Creative writing news is elated to host Umari Ayim’s novel ”Guardian of the fall” online book tour. This book tour promises to give you insights into the supernatural aspects of our African belief system. This novel poses a long standing philosophical question ”Are our actions solely ours or are they predetermined by forces stronger than ourselves?”
To win a copy of Guardian of the fall, we implore you to participate by asking the author questions in the comment section. As seen in the image above, creativewritingnews.net is the first of 5 online book tour stops. Participate in all the book tours and increase your chances of winning a copy of Guardian of the fall.
This is an interactive book tour. Do not be shy to ask the Umari Ayim questions in the comments section. She is available to respond to all of them. If you are a budding writer, this is an opportunity to seek some sage advice and gain first hand information on how to improve your craft (just saying).
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The story is spun around the Guardian, the eponymous character, and keeper of a picturesque forest and waterfall in Agbokim village, in Cross River State, Nigeria. The Guardian is a force, a deity of some sort, which exhibits formidable powers, including shape shifting (appearing as a child, an old woman, an owl, a snake, a satyr-like creature, and a goat with a baby’s face). It attempts to match make its messenger, Erom, with Ken, a developer who wants to build a resort near the falls. Erom, with no say in the matter, is chosen, as a messenger of the Guardian; Ken’s parents decide his profession, university, where he’ll work and even the day he should start work; and the Guardian, through dreams and visions, essentially pulls Erom and Ken together, which, upon introspection, asks the philosophical question – how real and true is human love if it is predestined and fated by the gods? From the Kikuyu creation story, to the subtle painting of Omom as almost an allegory to Jesus, faith in the supernatural is also big in the novel.
Umari Ayim is a lawyer, writer and poet. Umari has always had a passion for writing since she was a little girl living in the bustling city of Lagos. As a member of the Literary and Debating Society of her secondary school, Umari served as the director of poetry and also wrote stage plays for the society. Her first book, a novel, ‘Twilight at Terracotta Indigo’ won the ANA/NDDC Flora Nwapa Prize for Women Writing in 2011. Her second book, a collection of poems titled ‘Inside My Head’ won the ANA Poetry Prize the following year in 2012. As a social commentator and gender activist, Umari has also published several articles published in both traditional and online media platforms.
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Umari Ayim is an award-winning writer with a respectable body of work both in prose and poetry. Guardian of the Fall stubbornly refuses to fit into the genre box. Favourite line? When the Guardian tells Erom, “…Not all questions in life will be answered”. Favourite scene? The haunting one involving the murder-sacrifice of a child: for some inexplicable reason, it reminded me of the death of Ikemefuna in Things fall Apart. – Chiemeka Garricks, author of Tomorrow Died Yesterday
The Guardian of The Fall is a beautiful blend of African myth and fantasy colliding with the modern world". Umari Ayim awakens our five senses in the pages of his book; her words make you see, smell, hear, taste and touch the elements of the pages. She paints a beautiful image of nature encompassed by mystery and takes us an extraordinary adventure through the forests of Cross River.
– Princess Abumere, Founder, The Sunshine Book Club
Enjoyed the book tour? Ask Umari your questions in the comments section. She is available to answer them. Do not forget, one lucky person stands the chance to win a copy of this enthralling book. Increase your chances of winning a copy by participating in the tour tomorrow on lolaopatayo.com. See other tour stops here.
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