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Prayers of an Igbo Rabbi

I slept long and deep, and so intense were my dreams that what I was dreaming seemed real. The old lady was chanting, but she became young and beautiful. She approached me and kissed me. Then she pointed with her index finger toward a thick fog. I heard moaning and crying and the sounds of chains clanking. A line of naked black men, chained together, appeared. One of them, a powerfully built man was leading them. They were chanting “Orimiri Omambala bu anyi Orimiri Omambala ka anyi ga ejina.” They continued to chant as they walked solemnly into what appeared to be a creek, and one by one, disappeared beneath the water. Then, the woman on the beach was smiling, beckoning at me to come to her. As I moved towards her, reaching out, she began to fade away until she vanished.
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Prayers of an Igbo Rabbi

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Roger Westerfield, a prosperous, New York City attorney, travels to St. Simons Island, Georgia, to write his first novel. After deciding to buy an investment property, he is drawn into a murder investigation and the mystery of Ibo Landing.

ISBN-13: 978-1-937622-02-2
Binding 1: hardcover in our online store
Pages: 240
Publication date: December 2011

Price: US $27.00

ISBN-13: 978-1-937622-03-9
Binding 2: paperback in our online store
Pages: 240
Publication date: December 2011

Price: US $20.00
Imprint: Africana Homestead Legacy Publishers

BISAC subjects: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General; FICTION / Ghost; FICTION / Occult & Supernatural; FICTION / Literary

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Richard Cummings was educated at Princeton, Columbia Law School and Jesus College Cambridge. The author also of The Pied Piper, he has taught at the Haile Sellassie I University in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and the University of the West Indies in Barbados. He resides in Sag Harbor, New York.

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“Richard Cummings has written a remarkable story of how the unaccounted events of American slavery are at the root of racialism; and how they continue to haunt American life today. It brings to life one of the most haunting stories of the slave era, Ibo Landing, and shows the tragic connections that have been forged between peoples across centuries and continents.”


Chinua Achebe, author of the global best seller, Things Fall Apart, and Nigeria and Africa’s foremost novelist





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