Abubakar Adam Ibrahim is not an unknown name in the world of African literature. Some of his many accolades include being shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African writing, a BBC African performance prize winner, and the Amatu Braide Prize.
His first offering was The Whispering Trees a short story collection with Season of Crimson Blossoms being the first full novel of the Abuja resident. The latter follows the lives of two protagonists Hajiya Binta Zubairu and Hassan ‘Reza’ Babale.
Hajiya is a highly respected widow in her fifties known for her adherence to the Islamic faith who lived in Jos before her younger son moved her to the outskirts of Abuja after there was skirmishes in the former town. She lives with her teenage niece Fa’iza and just started to go to school grand daughter Ummi. The minors are staying with her as a result of the struggles that affect their part of the country when religion and politics mix bringing an explosion to a uniquely Nigerian powder keg.
Reza on the other hand is the lead thug at the San Siro, a local hideout for a bunch of not outstanding members of Nigerian society that specialise in all manner of unfortunate acts like mugging and selling drugs. They are also on the payroll of a local senator who uses them whenever there is a need for enforcers at political rallies and other dubious activities.
These two meet while Reza is busy ...