TITLE: Words of the Wind
AUTHORS: Elikem M. Aflakpui and Leslie A. Akplah
NO OF PAGES: 78
YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2017
In 2016, Elikem and Leslie launched their first book titled GROWING UP which was an anthology of the experiences of 21 young men and women as they transitioned from childhood to adulthood. WORDS OF THE WIND is the second book by the two authors. It is a collection of essays, short stories and reflections.
HOW THE BOOK CAME ABOUT
The story of how the book came about is an intriguing one. The authors, in a bid to compensate readers of their website (www.2eweboys.com), for not giving them more stories and articles as they would have loved to do due to busy work schedules challenged themselves to write a book in a period of one week for their readers. To make it even more interesting the authors went to these same readers to ask them what they wanted to read. This seems like a daunting challenge any writer can ask for. Yet Elikem and Leslie rose up to the task and delivered excellently. WORDS OF THE WIND is a result of that challenge.
The first part of the book – chapters 1, 2 and 3 – are reflections on three different topics. Reading the first chapter (A Year Without You) was an emotional experience for me. I read it at a time when my family was commemorating a year of the passing away of my “old boy”. As I read, my mind was flooded with memories of the many special moments we shared and I realised “I was silly not to have enjoyed it as I should.” The next chapter (Between Boys and Men) which draws lessons from one boy’s failed attempt at wooing his dream girl will serve you with a good dose of encouragement, whilst the concluding chapter of the first part of the book (Growing up: Reality Versus Fantasy) juxtaposes the good old days of childhood with its silly fantasies of adulthood and the stark reality adulthood presents.
The second part is a collection of five short stories with varying themes running through them – love, obsession, pre-marital sex, the need for conservation of our rivers and why two women cannot share one kitchen. Some of these short stories are poignant, others are hilarious. Collectively, they are highly entertaining and thought-provoking.
The final part of WORDS OF THE WIND is a series of essays on a number of selected topics including life after death, mental health, pornography, etc. It also includes a practical guide on the art of public speaking. In simple terms, these essays are revealing. And the authors’ ability to write these essays using plain language is impressive.
Considering the authors interest in promoting young writers, I wish there was a chapter in the book on the art of writing similar to the chapter on public speaking. Nevertheless, I agree that they “did justice to all the titles.” WORDS OF THE WIND is a like a balanced diet and will provide the reader with adequate measure of motivation, insight, and humour. I enjoyed reading it. I hope you do too.
You can download a free copy of this e-book via the link below.
WRITER: Benjamin Varle Semah