Thursday, March 23

Omenụkọ, A Classic Igbo Novel

Omenụkọ was the first Igbo published novel in 1933. It was written by Pita Nwana.

The writer did not go to any primary school, college or university. He was a carpenter. He learnt the art of writing by attending Sunday School at Methodist Church, Ụzụakọli.

In 1933, Omenụkọ won several awards, representing indigenous African Literature.

Pita Nwana hailed from Arọndizuọgụ, Imo State. The story depicts resilience, doggedness of an Igbo man to surmount obstacles, travel, take risks and achieve greatness. It also shows that Arọ people are travelers.

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