‘The Quest For The Gem Of Arubia’, the highly anticipated children’s fantasy book by top movie critic, entertainment lawyer and lead Film Adaptation campaigner in Nigeria, Augusta M. Okon will officially be released on April 28th 2016 at the Goethe Institut, Lagos, Nigeria.
The book which tackles issues faced by the ‘Child Albino’ is woven around riddles, that will trigger one’s imagination and set the young minds on course for an exciting adventure.
The story takes the reader on a journey of self- discovery, to know who they really are and the greatness that lies within them. Children learn that irrespective of the Nature of their birth, or what society, friends, families have tagged them as, they can achieve their dreams.
The book tells the story of the Kingdom of Nsewe that has been thrown into confusion over the birth of a strange looking baby born, Omorege, under mysterious circumstances.
Omorege grows up as a ‘reject’ by the people and is nicknamed ‘Odd boy’. Dominus, the evil one who was locked up in the valley of Acridon, in the realm of the Aspirathis two centuries ago escapes and is determined to rule Nsewe including the seven kingdoms beyond the Human realm with an Iron rod.
According to the ancient scroll of the kingdoms, once every century, a guardian is born to defend the kingdoms and prevent the evil one from ruling and is called the ‘Chosen One’.
He alone can stop Dominus from succeeding. Armed with an ilujo and accompanied by the greatest Riddler of his day, the ‘Chosen One’ must face grave danger while traversing the kingdoms, overcome all challenges, and face his fears in his quest to get the Gem of Arubia to stop the evil one. He alone can stop Dominus from succeeding. Armed with an ilujo and accompanied by the greatest Riddler of his day, the ‘Chosen One’ must face grave danger while traversing the kingdoms, overcome all challenges, and face his fears in his quest to get the Gem of Arubia to stop the evil one.
“In The Quest for the Gem of Arubia Augusta Mmakamba Okon,” says Nduka Otiono, award-winning writer and professor of African Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, offers us a spell-binding African sci-fi that would fascinate children and adult readers as a parable of courage, hope, and redemption. The folktale-like narrative bristles with teeming characters, fantastic episodes, and the triumph of the human spirit represented by Omorege, the rejected Albino and The Odd One who becomes the cornerstone and avatar of his community. Laced with mystery, riddles, and suspense, the didactic tale encourages the reader to confront their worst fears, and to recognize that “Danger wiggles her waist delighted to see the one who dares her.”