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Afirca's best storyteller

Press Release: September 22, 2020

“Africa’s best storyteller” 

Press release: For immediate publication

In the early 20th century, a German archeologist named Leo Frobenius encountered a warrior tribe in the north central region of Nigeria on one of his numerous expeditions to Africa.  The tribe that Frobenius discovered were the Tiv. The Tiv are a warrior tribe from north central Nigeria who speak a Bantu related language. At the time Frobenius visited Africa, Tiv people were mostly subsistence Farmers. With modernity, the Tiv have now combined farming with other more lucrative professions. Leo frobenius discovered that the average Tiv man though largely uneducated at the time were very excellent story tellers. Frobenius observed that One Tiv man could on average tell five complete stories from memory at any social gathering. He therefore gave them the title “Best storyteller’s in Africa.” Not much has being heard about the Tiv until now.

Enter; John Henison and the Silver Calabash.

Eric M.M. Ikpah, An avid bookworm from the Tiv tribe and a graduate of Mass Communication From Benue State University in Nigeria, put his tertiary education knowledge together with the Tiv’s world renowned story telling ability to use.  He braved sleepless nights and endured back pain to write the fantasy fiction book titled “John Henison and the Silver Calabash.” The novella follows the story of a boy named John Henison on his quest to retrieve a mythical silver calabash in order to stop the appearance of mythical creatures called waterlord’s on his University campus.

The book is really an enjoyable read as it introduces one to several knowledge filled African proverbs.  One of them; “Instead of the child of a herbalist to die, all the herbs in the bush will be exhausted” shows the level of desperation to which a person would go to in order to achieve anything worthwhile. The proverb is creatively crafted into the body of Eric’s Novella, John Henison and the Silver Calabash. The book’s content is devoid of porn, lewd and offensive language/scenes and is completely suited for both kids and adults.  Additionally it would be an interesting read for first time readers of African fiction.

 The book is the first in a series of 5 fiction novella’s based on African mythology.

Price and availability

John Henison and the Silver Calabash is available in hardcover and ebook on Amazon.com, Barnes and noble.com and other retail outlets near you at the introductory price of $26. The ISBN for the Hardcover version is ISBN: 978-978-968-915-6.  The direct link is https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/9789689152?pf_rd_p=2d1ab404-3b11-4c97-b3db-48081e145e35&pf_rd_r=252WQ08GH36Y41VVQ3FX 


  It is also available in digital format on the kindle bookstore for $3. Efforts are being made to make the book available on the ibook store, kobo and other online digital retail outlets. The ISBN for the ebook is ISBN: 978-978-968-916-3.

Wholesalers/resellers can also order the book online via Ingram’s(@ingramcontent) ipage at market standard discount rates.

 Audio, video game and translated versions of the book will be produced and made available on later dates. As you read this, Eric Ikpah is in talks with Movie production firms  for movie  adaptation.


About the author

Eric Mnguter Moavetyo. Ikpah is a graduate of Mass Communication from Benue State University, Nigeria. Eric is single and as you read this, he is writing the remaining books in the John Mayor series.

For more information about Eric Mnguter Ikpah, follow him on Twitter  at  www.twitter.com/erictoffboy

About Wallago Productions Ltd

Wallago Productions Ltd is Nigeria’s Newest global book publisher and its headquartered in Makurdi, Benue state Nigeria. Wallago publishes all types of fiction novels.

Notes to editors

For more information, please contact:

Eric Ikpah

Tel: +2348170948770

Email: mnguter2011@gmail.com

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