The voice by Gabriel Okara
Heinemann educational publishers, 1964
Soft cover, 127 pages
The Voice is one of the most important experiments there has been at reconciling African tradition and language with the European form of the novel. Okolo lives in Amatu. He comes back from studying with a desire to find out the meaning of it, of life. Chief Ozongo and the elders think that his questioning attitude threatens their traditional position. The Chief sends his sinister messengers to find Okolo. He takes temporary refuge with Tuere, a girl branded as a witch. But he is dragged before the council and exiled. He goes up the river to a town. But he is trapped again, partly by hypocrisy and partly by his own indiscretions.