By Mmaduabuchi Onwumelu
The book titled, “Rhythms Of Agony”, authored by a young publisher, Mr. Chukwunonso Jephtha, has been unveiled in Awka, the Anambra State Capital.
Speaking on what informed his decision to author the book, Mr. Jephtha stated that he was inspired by the happenings around him
“In line with the entire scenario that transpired from chapter one to chapter twenty one, the last chapter of the book, one can assume a blunt imagination that ensues when we give ourselves completely to selfishness, both on the part of leaders and the led Chinua Achebe of blessed memory.
He highlighted what Prof. Wole Soyinka said in his work, “Conspiracy theories abounds when a government seems to be pursuing a course that is not in the interest of the masses.”, saying that building a better society was the duty of all.
He noted that Rhythms of Agony aimed at improving a morally structured society, and unsparingly analyzed some societal maladies, and suggested workable remedies to those misfits.
“The story line as would be seen on John’s case, who out of frustration and uncertainty, dabbled into ritual, having waited for many years after attending University. Just like we have in today’s society.
“Thus, the storyline critically reexamined and suggests possible ways to enhance career building and promote a self-reliance spirit among youths. Another bullet point as embodied in the text is the proposal of a better opportunity to reevaluate the public moral rectitude, decency and personal ideal”, he said.
According to him, the book as well aimed at asking very important questions if average youth, perchance found themselves in such deplorable circumstances
What should be the necessary attitude and steps to follow? Secondly, to arrest and curtail the surging ill ambition towards wealth making among youths, what is, or are the roles of the government as a stronger entity to the weakest in the society? And what are the roles of the family as the smallest unit, and also as an agent for socialization in society?”, he queried.
“To draw the conclusion, I’d maintain that, it is not enough to sow the seed of human life in quick and repeated sessions of reckless ecstasy. Yet, beyond the delight of tears, beyond the passionate intensity of our countless orgasms, the future of our youths, of our own morality and ancestry awaits our constant vigilance and careful nurturing. When we abuse the society, posterity will not forgive us.
“I believe that the significance of “Rhythms of Agony” cut across individuals, family and society at large. As a passion driven novelist and a gospel singer, of whom literary buds barely got unveiled at my early stage of life, I never cease to pace my unvarying steps into the delightful world of creativity. I’m mostly motivated when I see myself adding voice to solving certain societal technical ailments through acts of writing.
“I remain passionate in exploring my comparative advantages in African Literature, while I continually look forward to creating a knowledge and receptive environment that would gain marginal fame on the global canvas through the act of writing. And of course, in the long run, make our dear society proud”, he concluded.
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