This is a tale of friendship, love and tragedy set against the mystery and magic of colonial Africa. In this epic tale, love is set to clash with tradition. Zakka, the lead character falls in love with Matta, but the lovebirds cannot consummate their love on account of the fact that Matta’s family is still beholden to her estranged husband, Gora. By tradition, dowry paid on Matta’s head is expected to be returned to the husband when the marriage breaks, but this was not done. In the eyes of tradition, Matta is still Gora’s wife. What’s more, Gora still nurses the hope of reclaiming her hand in marriage. But in the end, love triumphs over tradition.
Kola King is a journalist and novelist. He worked for over two decades as a reporter, correspondent and editor in major national newspapers in Nigeria. He’s currently Managing Editor, Nigeria Now, a public policy magazine based in Abuja. He is also Country Director, Africa Institute For International Reporting (AIIR); Consultant, Public Review Newspaper, Freetown, Sierra-Leone. His debut novel 'A Place in the Sun' was published and released in May 2016 by Verity Publishers, South Africa. His writings have appeared in some literary journals including The Kalahari Review, The Missing Slate Literary and Arts Journal, Litro, Ovi Magazine, Finland, The New Black Magazine and The African Paper. He earned a degree in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos.