Ige Adubi happens to be one of those books I have a deep connection to. It’s the first adult-like novel (aside required ones for school) my mom got for me. I got it when I was eight and it has survived all my over reading it and lending out.
Ige Adubi is a story about a young girl (who later became a woman) Efunkunmi. She was a princess, the last and favourite child of her father. Her mother the first wife of the king, died after giving birth to her. She was a tomboy, having boys as playmates and closer to her older brother who taught her swordsmanship and horse riding.
Efunkunmi was no ordinary princess. She was destined to free her people from a future calamity and was originally the child of Oluweri, the river goddess. The themes include power, strength, feminism, restoration, the reward for good, punishment for evil and so on.
Ige Adubi was first published in 1998, thus making it a little hard to find but it is still in print. It’s simple, easy to understand but interesting enough to captivate the reader. As a child, it was a really big deal to me, I thought the story was perfect. However, as an adult, I find it a little fast paced and shallow although I still love the story and the concept behind it.