Who Is the Bearer of History and Who Gets to Tell the Story?

Bukuru, the “madman,” and Femi, the journalist, are both memorable characters in Arrows of Rain by Okey Ndibe.

In this novel, a prostitute has washed ashore, and the only person who can provide information about what happened is a man who everyone believes is mad.

The story that unfolds merges the fictional history of Madia, a country that is reminiscent of Nigeria, with the biographical anecdotes of the madman.

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