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The Last Carver
Ositadimma Amakeze has been heralded as the modern-day Achebe. In The Last Carver, he narrates the story of a community, their culture, and the need to always keep tradition alive.
The Last Carver narrates the musings of the historian Mgbirimgba Atuegwu on the recent death of one of the most respected men in his community, the Omenka. From Mgbirimgba’s eyes, we are allowed to see the cultural practices of Umuokwe and the Igbos of South Eastern Nigeria in the early colonial period.
“I knew Ositadimma Amakeze as a poet of unusual ability. The effect of that flair on his creative story is so evident from the beginning to the end of this amazing novel.” — Dr P-J Ezeh, Anthropological Linguist and Literary Critic, University of Nigeria, Nsukka
“It is a brilliant, multi-layered story that encompasses a tale of ingenious portrayal of a culture on the threshold of extinction. A gazetteer of good backgrounds with a soupcon of nostalgic traditions, Amakeze joins the league of modern African cultural writers with a bang!” — Ijoma Onuorah-Anyakwo, Journalist
“The Last Carver is reliving Our Cultural Heritage to impact on the modern and future generation an everlasting knowledge of their identity. A very good ‘sociolinguihistoric’ masterpiece.” — Madubuko Ego Charity FCAI, Ph.D, Assistant Director FCT Education Resource Centre, Abuja
“…an ideal for writers of African literature, with an excellent juxtaposition of the ‘Oyibo’ (English) and Igbo languages. He gives a different perspective to the Igbo scenario of “those days” with so much clarity that I feel as though I were present. It’s a must-read!” — Anastasia O. Chukwulete
Ositadimma Amakeze was born on the first month of months, January, in the year of his birth. He is a Catholic priest and the founder Young Women & Men Creative Association (YOWAMCA). As an artist and a poet (by virtue of phenomenological necessity), he exploits the experiential and existential dimension of things and lays them down at the tribunal of faith and reason. He observes and interacts with nature, such that a close witness of a bird-couple teaching their fledging how to fly in a solitary shrub concretises his belief that we nurture nature. Bees and ants are among his creatures of admiration.
He talks about the Muse, as evident in his poetry collections, The Blazes & Buzzes of the Muse and The Medley of The Muse. For him, having written copiously in English language, every author should write in his or her own native language, for those in prints will not go extinct. His first Igbo novel, Ọgazị Amaka as well as his other books have found their ways into secondary schools and tertiary institutions.
The demiurgic force as it were, fashions the sensible world of his words. “In writing, one is powerful beyond measures; every character looks up to you to have birth, breath or death,” he says. These are evident in the eloquence and ingenious exploitation of events found in his novels The Last Carver, Teeth of a Snail, and his numerous short stories.
He is a native Nimo in Anambra State, Nigeria.