Puje – A success story is a narrative that relates the life of young Jibatswen in the face of opposition from his father and cultural superstition. But his determination and resilience brought him to light at the end of the tunnel.
Set in Puje, the namesake titled novel, Puje: A success story, is a narrative that relates the life of young Jibatswen in the face of staunch opposition from his father, and cultural superstition. In his teenage, the intelligent Jibatswen rejected the traditional rites performed on his contemporaries.
Consequently, everybody doubted his chances of surviving. But he survived. His father, Manu, a laborious farmer, could not stand his first son abandoning his farm work in favor of Western Education. Manu, therefore, left Jibatswen to struggle on his own in search of sponsorship. Thanks to Mr Appiah’s timely intervention, Jibatswen was able to not only complete his secondary education but also secure a scholarship to further his tertiary education.
Eventually, Jibatswen’s hard work and diligence earned him another scholarship to pursue a Master’s degree in Sociology at Oxford University. Suffice it to say Jibatswen’s determination and resilience brought ‘light at the end of the tunnel’.
Out of compassion, Jibatswen offered to support his younger sister Takhivyon, in her bid to return to school after the death of her beloved husband. Meanwhile, her secondary education was earlier cut short by her selfish father Manu. The marriage never lasted long when her husband died, leaving her with a little baby to nurse.
Puje A Success Story is a great literary piece that, in a subtle manner, paints the contemporary Jukun society.