- Publisher: Austin Macauley (January 6, 2023)
- Language: English
- Paperback: 88 pages
- ISBN-10: 1638290008
- ISBN-13: 978-1638290001
- Genre: Cultural Poetry & African Poetry
The BookViral Review:
A fascinating and distinctive account of African culture and heritage ‘Pilgrimage into the womb of a Bantu dynasty’ follows the life of a young 14th Century orphan, born of tragedy, but intimately fated to wield great power as he grows up in a Bantu village. Ostracised by his townsfolk and their superstitions, his fight for life and wisdom culminates in his acceptance as a prophet in his community.
Clementakuo- Ehohnzi weaves historical culture, hardship and tradition throughout his verse, creating an astoundingly beautiful picture of human kindness and decency juxtaposed with a darker side of human nature. Carrying his reader on a journey of both darkness and light, he engenders great empathy for his protagonist, Nnam, as he struggles against time and unforeseen occurrences.
Whilst the word choice is sophisticated, Clementakuo- Ehohnzi writes in a style reminiscent of the Bantu language and flair for storytelling, each stanza presented with a simplicity rarely achieved in prose. With his verse echoing the cultural rhythm and style of the African homeland, Clementakuo- Ehohnzi effortlessly captivates his audience deeply into the Bantu way of life and belief system, and eloquently represents the historical struggle against slavery and the fight to retain and expand control over land.
An underlying interplay of religious discourse introduces Bantu beliefs about life, death, the soul and the spirit, along with traditional ideas of a Creator, demonstrating how spiritual belief runs parallel throughout the earth, despite being framed in alternative narratives.
An interesting tale, written with unique insight and great detail, ‘‘Pilgrimage into the womb of a Bantu Dynasty’ is recommended for all who seek a fully immersive poetic experience.