A universal story of betrayal, neglect, forgiveness, redemption and love – The launch of the debut novel, ‘Burning Hurt’, a literary fiction novel, by Unyime-Ivy King on Thursday 6th June, 2013 in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state. The book is a work of literary fiction which appeals to the dictates of moral values of Christians, with the aim of promoting good moral values in the home and society by encouraging youths to sow ‘righteous oats’.
Set in the planes of Southern Nigeria, the book also emphasizes the importance of the family unit as the key to reducing dysfunction in the larger unit which is the society. It is a seamless blend of both the Ibibio dialect of Akwa Ibom State, and the English language. Activities that marked the book launch included a red carpet, a theater presentation of ‘Burning Hurt’ by the Burning Hurt Play House (the stage play was a compendium of dance, music and drama), release of the book’s theme song: I am Letting Go, sang by GreatGift Nicholas, and book trailers, including an audio trailer of chapter one of the novel.
Sanvee Schools selected some of their best readers to read excerpts from ‘Burning Hurt’ as part of the side attractions of the day. On the other hand there was a review panel, made up of some notable minds, readers and writers of repute to mention a few. These included: the wife of the Ambassador of the High Commission Trinidad and Tobago to Nigeria, Her Excellency, Dela Obika, Wife of Hon. Onofiok Luke, Executive member, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Uduak Onofiok Luke, Barrister Andem Ndem, Martin Akpan, John Ekphikhe and Ime Ikpe. They spoke about the ‘burning issues’ in the book and how the book impacted them.
The author, speaking on her reasons for writing the book said “The consequences of some of our wrong or ill-advised decisions in life may not always play out the way it did in this story, but if all I succeed in doing, is make many people have a re-think, before embarking on an irrational course of action, I would be fulfilled”. View photos from the event.
Burning Hurt is available for purchase in on line stores including amazon.com, Barnes&Nobles, e-bay, as well as book stores such as
Cassava Republic Bookshop, Abuja, Tabitha’s Kids, Area 11, Garki, Abuja, Terra Kulture. Tamiyu, Lagos, Excel Scholars Bookshop, Festac, Patabah Bookshop, Surulere, Boldoz Ventures, Uyo, Wordworks, Uyo, Sheer Grace stores Uyo.
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