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Reader’s Testimonial

Bradford Moore, Racine, Wisconsin

“Joseph vividly recreates places and setting in his book. He tells childhood stories like they just happened yesterday.”

Ranee Chambers, Camilla, Georgia

“Very informative way of storytelling. Would surely recommend this book for cultural studies!”

Obidimkpa Kenenna, Marquette, Michigan

“The book made me love my roots even more. I miss the festivities of my own tribe.”

About the Book

A market day in Igboland, no matter the name—Afor, Nkwor, Eke, Orie, or Oye—is a memorable day for the community where the market is situated. It is a day everyone loves to see and be associated with, regardless of age or class. You can feel the benevolence, love, and peaceful interaction in the air.

The Nkwor Market Day is truly a special event as various cultural activities culminate to define what Nigeria is. You need to be in the marketplace to fully understand the uniqueness of the experience, but this book taps into the wonderful and memorable experiences of a typical market day in Igboland.

You may also check his other book, The Escape.

About the Author

Joseph Ohanugo was born in Nigeria to a well-knit family. He considers his parents to be his closest friends, empowering him to tell stories of his childhood experiences.

He holds an MBA degree in finance from Saint Joseph University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After graduation from Saint Joseph University, He returned to Nigeria. For twenty years He worked as a company director in the family owned trading business, Ohanugo Brothers & Associates Limited which was based in Lagos Nigeria, as a director. He was in charge of sales and human resources. While in Nigeria, He served as National General Secretary of Nigerian Association of Master of Business Administration (NAMBA) an organization for holders of an MBA degree in Nigeria.

Joseph is a Christian by faith and a church organist for many years. He is happily married with two sons, a daughter, and some grandchildren.

Excerpt

Nigeria is a country with a population of over 170 million. The people speak over 140 languages. These languages denote the ethnicity of Nigeria. One of the prominent ethnic groups in Nigeria is the Ibo tribe. The Ibos speak the Igbo language. The Ibos inhabit most of the eastern states of Nigeria.

The orderly dissemination of information makes Osina governable, peaceful, more cooperative, and united. This unity has led Osina to go into common projects in the town successfully. Osina was the first town in Mbanasaa to embark on borehole and successful tap water distribution in the town. Osina was the first to build a common town hall for general meetings. Osina built the first general hospital in Mbanasaa. Osina people independently created a network of local roads in the town to make access to various villages possible and easier. This was before the divisive political era.

Osina became divisive in the 1970s and ’80s not because of inter-town conflicts but out of individual awareness and desire for personal recognition and greed. Each man in Osina wanted to answer his father’s name rather than looking at the town collectively. Greed, individualistic desire abound. Families fell apart out of individual personal recognition. Acquisition of personal wealth and neighbor’s land at the expense of everyone else. This was a mark of development without premise to some people. But it was borne out of ignorance and poor education. Personal recognition and acquisition of wealth are good and sometimes necessary, but you cannot achieve these by destroying others through wicked coalition and blackmail, which was what prevailed. There were prevalent land disputes between brothers. The wealthy acquired and dispossessed land from the poor.

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