Uju Amanambu launches debut novel depicting woes of mental illness

Uju Amanambu, on Saturday August 1, 2015 announced the launch of her debut novel titled “A Broken Rose”.

Corporate banker and project manager, Uju Amanambu, on Saturday August 1, 2015 announced the launch of her debut novel titled “A Broken Rose” at a glitzy cocktail event which held at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos. The fun packed event featured book reading sessions, drama adaption of the book and acoustic musical performance by soul musician, Zubby.Book

A Broken Rose is a thrilling tale about a young woman who deals with abuse, alienation and torture from an impoverished and deeply religious village that stigmatizes anything strange.

Taking place in a poor, superstitious village in Eastern Nigeria and in a wealthy suburb of metropolitan Lagos, Nigeria, Uju crafts a story of a young woman who is ostracized and abused by her ignorant society for being different and thought of as “possessed.” She in truth suffers from mental illness, and without proper treatment she finds herself in a pitfall of disintegration and danger.

According to the author, the story was inspired by an encounter when she travelled to the eastern part of Nigeria as a teenager, she saw some mentally-ill people chained together and made to beg for alms to earn their keep in a traditional healing home. Decades later, Uju writes “A Broken Rose” as a call to action and awareness that a person may need proper medical help when they do not conform to societal norms, not isolation, churches or traditional homes.

A Broken Rose” takes readers on a startling journey from an erosion-ridden, superstitious village, through the practices of a dying pagan religion to the modern world of a wealthy and influential family troubled with secrets as it follows the life of a young woman burdened with the detrimental gravity of mental illness. It is a combination of fiction, stark reality and a call for reform in a society plagued with superstition and religion.

A Broken Rose is available for purchase online on Amazon and at local bookstores.

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