Odufa | Othuke Ominiabohs


4.00 out of 5

Date Published: February 2016
Author: Othuke Ominiabohs
Format: ePub
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My end was near … I could feel it.
I felt it in the cold of the pouring rain, in the glassy stare of the pedestrians and motorists racing for cover. But in the haze of my confusion and pain, I noted the crystals of ice falling from the sky, an oddity I had long gotten accustomed to. My face lit up for an ephemeral second as I remembered briefly my surprise, the first time I witnessed this ice rain during my first visit to Kano State, but that was a long time ago. A lot had since happened, a lot had changed and most likely, things were never going to be the same again.
I shivered as I thought of her.
Odufa … my love.
When did everything go so wrong?

Tears slid down my eyes as I reminisced. And as I replayed the past events in my head, I had a sudden urge to tell my story, to unfold its intimate details in its fullness, So that you who would be patient enough to follow me on this journey, may judge. So that one day my son would know what truly happened in the months preceding his birth, in the weeks after his birth, and in the months and years that were to follow.

I closed my eyes and journeyed to the beginning.

It all began in February 2010…

1 review for Odufa | Othuke Ominiabohs

  1. 4 out of 5


    Odufa is definitely not your typical love story. It is a graphic journey showcasing the giddy emotional heights and despairing lows of a young heart in search of acceptance and hope.

    At the tender age of 21, Anthony Mukoro is told by his doctor that he has a low probability of ever fathering children due to complications arising from untreated hypertension. The young man becomes disillusioned and ends up seeking solace in the arms of Odufa, a beautiful girl with a troubled past. Thus began a frenetic tango spanning three cities and phases.

    ‘Friends’ chronicles the tentative exploratory exchanges, ‘Lovers’ details the joy of acceptance and the discoveries of blossoming romance while ‘Strangers’ describes the miserable parting of ways.

    The book paints a vivid picture that makes loving with such intensity both desirable and scary in turns. It also resonates the most important lesson of all; that love alone, no matter how deep and well intentioned, is usually never enough to create a successful union.

    The reader races through Odufa with a sense of expectation, an eagerness to discover the ‘happily ever after’, but is left with a deep sadness at the way the story eventually plays out. Joy, anger, laughter, pity, and even disbelief jump out of the pages at different places. One can be forgiven for feeling this is not how the story is supposed to end.

    Personally, I feel the need for closure. Odufa’s dark past is not yet revealed; just like we never got to know the actual reason she went ‘rogue’ after initially warming our hearts with her altruism even in the face of huge odds. Was it all part of a plot, did she have an ulterior motive for her sacrifice or was she was just a victim of circumstances beyond her control?

    Odufa is a well thought out and beautifully packaged story, one which is totally relatable, and a recommended read for anybody that is old and human enough to be touched and affected by the idiosyncrasies of love.

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