Ahmed Momoh’s book, “The World We Once Had,” is more than just a novel; it’s a cinematic adventure captured on paper, drawing readers into its captivating narrative with a cinematic cover and compelling storytelling.
The suspenseful blurb sets the stage for an exciting journey, creating an anticipation akin to preparing for a cinematic experience, complete with popcorn and a refreshing beverage.
What sets this novel apart from typical Nigerian fiction is its exploration of the historical backdrop of pre-colonial Nigeria, delving into the intricacies of relationships within a spellbinding narrative of romance and loyalty trials.
The author’s exposure to enthralling stories from his dad, coupled with the storytelling environment of his upbringing, has unmistakably contributed to his prowess in crafting engaging tales. The family tradition of sharing stories has played a pivotal role in refining the author’s skill in creating narratives that captivate the audience.
The central character, Agbe, grapples with a challenging decision while serving a powerful king. This choice brings him fame and success but also disrupts his family, scattering them far from each other. It illustrates the profound impact of destiny, affecting individuals regardless of their location. The narrative also delves into themes of power and greed.
The author’s descriptive language vividly paints scenes, allowing readers to easily visualize the book’s settings. Despite the apparent length of chapters, the immersive storytelling keeps readers absorbed, creating a timeless ambience within the fictional world.
At times, readers may find themselves astonished, feeling that certain traditions and practices mentioned in the book could still exist in real-world communities. However, the book not only entertains but also serves as a window into the diverse and vibrant cultures of Nigeria, offering insights previously unknown.
Elegantly introducing characters with insightful background details, the author’s innovative portrayal of their ages, avoiding conventional years, adds a unique layer to character development, enriching the overall storytelling.
Ahmed Momoh’s book injects a burst of vitality into the world of stories, making it a must-read for those seeking a narrative that stands out.
In summary, immersing oneself in “The World We Once Had” transcends the typical literary experience; it unfolds as a delightful journey filled with valuable life lessons.
About the reviewer
Titilade Oyemade is a business executive in a leading organisation and holds a degree in Russian Language. She’s the convener of the Hangoutwithtee Ladies Event and the publisher of Hangoutwithtee magazine. She spends her weekends attending women conferences, events and book readings. She loves to have fun and to help other women have the same in their lives. Email: [email protected] Social: @tiipreeofficial