Crime fiction or conspiracy stories, if you like, is not a genre Nigerians write about a lot; this year, I think I have just come across just one of such books (Easy motion Tourist by Leye Adenle) so I was very excited to read A Conspiracy of Ravens by Othuke Omniabohs. I must say first of all, that this was a very refreshing work of fiction in a market crowded with immigration stories and poverty porn, and I was very happy to be read this book which tried to portray the very many issues bedevilling Nigeria and painted a picture of Nigeria as a giant chess board with just a few actors essentially playing the game.
A Conspiracy of Ravens tells a story of a grand scheme fuelled by greed, revenge, lust, and violence. It unveils a Nigeria controlled by a few people, each one with his own agenda none of which is in the interest of the country or its citizens. Othuke depicts a Nigeria in which its citizens are busy going about their daily lives and not realizing that very little of their daily existence is directly controlled by them. He deserves praise for weaving what is essentially a very complicated and interlocked story; it was almost as if he had several stories running concurrently in the book and somehow he was able to create some harmony with these stories. I was impressed by his character development which was something he didn’t do well in his debut novel Odufa; several of the charact ... Read Full Review