For a quarter of a century, Lemona has been held in a Nigerian prison, her crimes reflecting her passion and despair, her silence masking the truth. On the last day of her life she is visited by Ola, whose parents Lemona killed. To this woman Lemona recounts the events of her upbringing in poverty, the kindness of friends who took her in, and the abuse, corruption and betrayal by men which led to her downfall. though she is awaiting execution, Lemona's desire to understand the forces that shaped her life resonates throughout her story, leading Ola towards a new interpretation of her own history. -- Publisher description
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'You are Lemona,' I said, managing to force a smile. 'Yes. And you are Patricia.” “
Shall we sit down some place?” She walked to the Controller's seat and sat on it,
to my surprise. I took the seat I had been occupying directly opposite the ...
“My first meal since breakfast yesterday.” “Ah. You spent a long time in the prison,
I dare say,” Mr Dabibi said. 'Yes.” 'And did you see Lemona?' Mrs Dabibi asked. 'I
did. We spent over fourteen hours together. She told me the story of her life.
I recalled distinctly the endearing terms in which John spoke of Lemona, for that
was her name, and of her love for him. And I felt deep in my heart that the death
could only have happened by accident. However, there was nothing I could do.
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I jumped at this book when I saw the author. I recognised his name from Amnesty International articles I read years ago. Ken Saro Wiwa was a tireless environmental campaigner in Nigeria. He advocated ... Read full review
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Lemona has been silent in prison for 25 years but, the day before her execution, she permits a visitor to whom she finally recounts the story of her life. It is a woman’s compelling story of passion ... Read full review