Friday, 29 April 2011

Why the book, Makaira: the double edged sword?

Published  in  April  2011, the  book  Makaira: the double edged sword  has  attracted  different  opinions. Interestingly  and  so  far, the  response  i  have received  have  been  positive. I  am  happy  about  this  and  i  guess  i  should  be.
Below are some of  the  reviews  that  have  been getting  to  me  from  those who  have  purchased  the book or  have  read  it's snippet:

"It  sounds  like  the  next  big  motion  picture  in  cinemas  nation wide."

"I  find  it  engaging  and  as such  wanting  some  more......"

"This  book  is  screen  worthy"

"It  really  grabs  my  interest"

"It  makes  for  a  very  interesting  read"

"This  book  is  an  inspired  work"

"It  is  a  worthy  effort"

"A  well  written  and  gifted  work"

"Could  be  a  literary  masterpiece  in  my  opinion"

"Comprehensive, written  with  literary  prowess  for  contemporary  times"

"Well  written,  it  should  go  far"

"Absolutely  enjoyable  book, definitely  worth  reading........"

Those  are  some  of   the  reviews  i  have  got  so  far  and  i  know  more  is  on  its  way.
I  am  constantly  asked  what  the  title  of  the  book  means, "what  does  Makaira  mean? " A makaira  is  a  type  of  sword, it's  the  type  of  sword  the Apostle  Paul  was  refering  to  when  he  analysed  the  Word  of  God  as  a  double  edged  sword. It  is  a  greek  word  and  a  type  of  sword  armies  of  that  time  found  easy  to  use  and  efficient  during  battles. This  is  where  the  inspiration  for  it's  title  came  from.
On  a  number  of  occasions  i  have  been  asked  to  explain  what  the  book  cover  represents.
The images  on  the  cover  are  three  swords  positioned  across  each  other, they  are  right  over  the  flag  of  Nigeria. The  swords  are  meant  to  be  three  Makaira's. Why  three  swords  you  may  wonder? The Word  of  God  is  likened  to  a  sword  in  scriptures, and  the Word  we  are told  is  God. We  know  from  scripture  there  is  a  God  head- the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The  three swords represent  the  trinity. The  black  background  represents  the  people  of  colour  or  dark  skinned  people  of  African. You  can  also  liken  the  dark  background  of  the  book  to  darkness  over  Africa  or  Nigeria  and  the  Word  of  God  is  piercing  the  darkness.
I  choose  the  colour  red  for  the  word  Makaira  on   the  book  cover  because  that  is  meant  to  represent  the  blood  of  Jesus  Christ.
I  have  also  been  asked  "why  did  you  write  this  book ?" I have  written  this  book  for  two  major  reasons:
1) I  enjoy  writting, and i have quiet an imaginative mind. So  i  thought,  why  not  use  my  writting  talent  and  imagination  for  something  positive. That  where  the  idea  started.
2) I  feel  i  found  a  niche. At  the moment  and  i  stand  to  be  corrected  there  isn't  any  fictional  book  written  about  Africa  with Nigeria  as  its  primary  focus that's  of  the  adventure/fantasy  genre  that  glorifies  God  and  at  the  same  time  inspires  hope. (It  has  a  happy  ending)
Don't  you  think  you  should  get  a  copy?
It's  available  through Amazon, Waterstones, WHSmith  and  several  other  retail  stores.
I'm  looking  forward  to  receiving  your  own  review.

The Royal Wedding.

It's the 29th of April 2011, its exactly 2:07pm  and i have been watching the wedding ceremony the world has been waiting for. The long awaited marriage between Prince William and his fiancee of several years has eventually happened, theirs has been a love relationship that's attracted the attention of the world. Why wouldn't it? He is of royal stock and a major heir to the throne, she is a charming lady who has  married  into royalty. Sounds like one of those cindarella stories you would read about in a book. I am happy for them and i sincerely wish them well.
It's my belief they will be surrounded by well wishers all the days of their lives, and hopefully they must have learnt  from  history  how  it's done.