Book: Mami Wata - A Mermaid's Journey by Mercy Offorcategories: Book, Thriller, Traditional, Romance, Family, Historical, Inspirational, Royalty, Entertainment, Adventure
Mercy Offor, PhDabout this book: Mami Wata, a Mermaid's journey is the story of a sea princess - half fish and half lady that loved a fisherman who came to fish often in that part of the harbor. She took him to the water spirit beneath the ocean where she was transformed into a stunning beauty, and the fisherman was endowed with great wealth by the water spirit. The two came back and dominated the affairs of the village for 50 years as the water spirit promised.
This 40,000 words fiction is written to bring to light the deep beliefs of Oceanside and Seaside dwellers. Mermaid tales exist worldwide and my home country Nigeria is no different. A stunningly beautiful lady is seen as coming from the water spirit and nicknamed "Mami Wata." Such ladies are also seen as bringing great wealth to their husbands, though most times they remain unmarried and seduce as many men as possible or do very weird things to anyone who falls in love with them.
Mami Wata tales and beliefs are almost infinite and I have a first hand knowledge of the tales because my high school education took place in the large town of Port Harcourt. Port Harcourt is a large port at the Atlantic ocean front with a large harbor where ocean liners duck from other great ports overseas. My seven years spent in secondary and post secondary education in a girl's school close to the harbor was full of adventure. We visited the harbor often to explore the ocean liners from Europe on their maiden journeys to Port Harcourt, and went to expeditions to the large and small towns in the creeks. Mami Water stories were often told and some exquisite girls from the river towns were Mami Wata suspects! That was inspirational to the writing of this short story.
The story is told for entertainment and exposure of the rich culture and beliefs of the people of the Southeastern Nigeria.
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