Scarlet is a fifty-two thousand word, epic fantasy novel that beams on Africa's contemporary political and socio-economic conundrum. While Scarlet readily makes a bold inquiry into the absurdity of possessing absolute power or its pursuit thereof, it painstakingly and technically weaves a triad of folklore, afrofuturism, and historical fiction in making this novel a reference material for the strategic positioning of Africa in an ever-competitive global space where relevance is the currency. With strong allusions to the Grecian myth of Zeus and Hades, and Yoruba myths of love triangles among gods as told of Osun, Ogun, and Sango, or Yemoja, Obatala and Ogun, woven into and set in tales from Kikuyu, the plot, themes, characters, and settings, connect the dotted lines between the ultimate purpose of creation and what is tenable in the world, today. Are such happenstances as wars, political upheavals, stereotyping, gender inequality, racism, corruption, natural disasters, terrorism, crime, and climate change products of man's own creation? Is there more than meets the eyes with regards to leadership and development in Africa? Scarlet identifies these variables and investigates these questions.
The story of the protracted rift between the Sekus and Otutus in the book is a similitude of the unending conflicts existing along religious, tribal, racial, gender, and political lines, in contemporary African societies. Scarlet hopes to meet its ultimate goal of making a pleasurable read, while stirring up intricate conversations around the subjects of politics, abuse, and power in Africa, and serving as a tool for socio-political activism.
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