Jembe, the Journey Home
“Are your secrets guardians? Or do they hold you captive? Come take the journey home.”
Jembe the Journey Home is the first novel in the Kembrekki Trilogy by P.D. Casely-Hayford, which follows the journey of the Ancestors, and their influences over their descendents. The first book explores how identity is changed when people adopt new cultures, and the subsequent challenges that occur when traditional cultures and beliefs are re-visited.
Jembe, the Journey Home is the story of Edward and Cecilia, who attempt to resolve the issues of deceit and indifference that plague their long suffering relationship by taking a journey together to West Africa. The story begins by the fireside in a London apartment where Cecilia sits brooding after discovering a letter, which reveals the truth about Edward’s childhood. Cecilia resents Edward’s secrecy, blaming it for their problems. She persuades him to face his past, head on, by traveling with her back to West Africa to meet his family.
The story jumps straight to West Africa, as Cecilia and Edward haphazardly venture through new worlds in search of Edward’s birthright.
Instead of unraveling their secrets, the journey unravels their relationship, and opens up old wounds. They are diverted cross-country, through a series of strange and, at times, hilarious events, where they meet eccentric ex-pats and mysterious locals. They finally make their way to Edward’s family home. With no more distractions and a series of adventures behind him, Edward has a greater test on his path. He now faces his past, as well as the expectations of his family to carry out certain rituals for the sake of his grandfather. Meanwhile, the journey transcends Cecilia. She finds the strength to release her fears and inhibitions, which leads to a profound shift in her relationship and her sense of place in her world.
Throughout the journey, Cecilia and Edward encounter Ancestral Spirits that seemingly lead them on The Road to Kembrekki. This expands their experience into an augmented reality that embraces all tenses of time, and the dimensions of the Ancestors. “Are your secrets guardians? Or do they hold you captive? Come take the journey home."
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Author, Yema Lucilda Hunter was born in Sierra Leone, West Africa and now lives in Ghana, West Africa. Her novels include, Road to Freedom, Bittersweet and Redemption Song. Her new book is a biography, " An African Treasure, in Search of Gladys Casely-Hayford, 1904 - 1950."
When Freedom Kissed Her... she broke through Walls. These are the first lines of a poem by P.D. Casely Hayford, and the title of the book of poetry. This publication is a collection of previously published works, as well as new ones that " have been resting on the shelves for years."
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