As part of our internal improvement program, IFWG Publishing has rereleased one of its favorite non-speculative fiction titles: Blood Contract by Biola Olatunde. One key change was improving its cover – we believe Elizabeth Lang, of EL Design, has done a great job capturing the spirit and intent of the novel.
Biola Olatunde’s novels, whether they are speculative or not, hit at the heart of Nigeria’s culture, challenges, and virtues. She has the rare ability to combine social commentary with entertaining adventure. She proudly writes in Nigerian English, and IFWG Publishing has worked hard to balance this idiom with Western readability. A magical combination; a unique voice.
Blood Contract is about Ken (Kenawari), who left his village in the Niger Delta region many years ago, carrying with him emotional scars. However, he did make a life for himself in the city and built a reputation as a slick troubleshooter in inter-village disputes, of which there were many. He was one of the best operators on the books of the private security firm he worked for.
Then it happened. There was trouble in his tribal home. Reluctantly he agreed to return. Not only has he got to settle a dispute that resulted in kidnapping, and tread gingerly through the political minefield of the region – including local robber barons, but he also has to face the most fearsome obstacles of all – his past.
Blood Contract is not just an adventure set in the dangerous swamps of the Niger Delta, it is also the story of a man who is imperfect and must finally find some reconciliation with his past.