How Far Can an Arranged Marriage Last?
BETHESDA, Md., Nov. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Living in the US, author Nwanganga Grace Shields has come across several Nigerian men and women who entered into an arranged marriage. Such marriages often end badly for those concerned. The success of such a marriage is dependent on the convergence of objectives of both parties in entering into such an arrangement. What could be the core reason why a person enters an arranged marriage? In author's book, Ejituru, Shields tries to portray an arranged marriage that failed because of competing objectives of the couple.
18-year-old Ejituru dreams to be a medical doctor. She is pressured by her father to marry an older man who she had only met for a few hours and who her father believes is a successful US immigrant. With her mother's consent, she agrees because she wanted desperately to have a US education even though she had spent two years in medical school in Nigeria. The prospective husband, Ignatius, who has had a very difficult life in the US and is at that time earning a living as a taxi driver, wanted the marriage because of the promise he made to his dead mother to marry from the village and have children with strong root in the village. But will this be enough for them to enter this marriage of convenience?
This book chronicles the clash between the couple's competing objectives for entering into the union and how they were able to eventually reach an individual resolution.
About the Author
Nwanganga G. Shields was born and raised in Arochukwu, Nigeria, and currently resides in Bethesda, Maryland. She retired from the World Bank and is a widow with four grown children and eight grandchildren. Nwanganga studied at University of St Andrews and American University.
Inspired by authors like Orhan Pamuk, Julian Barnes, and Robert Harris, Nwanganga hopes to give her readers something to think about with her own writing. Ejituru is her first novel.
by Nwanganga Grace Shields
Publication Date: March 11, 2013
Paperback: $19.99; 294 pages; ISBN 978-1483601809
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