In a society where marriage is considered the be-all and end-all, Munachi rose to challenge the status quo by doing the unimaginable. Like Maggie Carpenter in the Runaway bride movie, she eloped to the chagrin of everyone, on her wedding day thus putting an end to the celebration of a marriage painstakingly arranged by her parents.
She confided in just one person- Adanna, her timid elder sister who was trapped in an unhappy and abusive marriage arranged the same way. Both sisters were haunted by a past- a past they struggled to overcome. However, unlike Adanna, Munachi refused to be stampeded into marriage.
The Domestication of Munachi is a courageous novel written by an author who had long nursed an irrepressible urge to address social issues of domestic violence, women independence, marital infidelity, materialism, and false religiousity. In this thrilling chronicle of social conundrums, Ifesinachi Okpagu tells her society that marriage is not the answer to all of life’s problems and should not always be viewed as a woman’s ultimate goal.
…Two sisters walk in on their father’s sexual liaison with the family’s hired help which leaves them both scarred in different ways.
Unable to bear the thought of marriage to a man she barely knows, the younger and more adventurous one, Munachi, runs away from home on the eve of her traditional marriage, unwittingly resurrecting a long buried feud between her religious mother and eccentric aunty. This conflict leaves a door open for the family’s destruction.
The Domestication of Munachi is a novel about the unnecessary pressure on women to take on life partners, regardless of who these partners are and the psychological impacts seen through the stories of two sets of sisters—Munachi and Adanna versus Chimuanya and Elizabeth.
About the Author
Ifesinachi Okpagu is a Lagos based marketing communications executive with over six years’ experience, including being an Associate Producer of a Pan-African TV show and managing FabulousCity- a community for young and ambitious business women. Her first book, a novella, was published when she was fourteen. She was educated at Queens College, Lagos and at the University of Benin where she studied a B.A in Fine and Applied Arts. Ifesinachi also holds a Masters degree from the Pan-African University. She has written several stories, some of which have been published in Sentinel Nigeria, the Femrite Anthology and Saraba Magazine. Ifesinachi has produced several screenplays.