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Teran Za are sent to find her In a story rich with atmosphere and taut with suspense Oil on Water explores the conflict between idealism and cynical disillusionment in a journey full of danger and unintended conseuencesAs Rufus and Za navigate polluted rivers flanked by exploded and dormant oil wells in search of the white woman. Heading Disillusioned and DisheartenedOil on Water is the masterful third novel by Helon Habila and once again the author tackles another timely topic this time the deadly politics of oil in the Niger Delta The wife of a British oil executive has been kidnapped by a group of militants and this in itself is not necessarily newsworthy as it is a common enough occurrence in the region with its own rules for the exchange of monies and the release of the kidnapped person As journalists are usually involved to help facilitate the process Rufus a young journalist takes the assignment to find the white woman as he senses this could be his big break He is excited to work with his mentor Za a once renowned journalist who has fallen from grace and now lives in an alcoholic haze But a seemingly routine event takes an unexpected turn which leads Rufus and Za on a life threatening and introspective journey Through this adventure both Rufus and the reader will be often reminded of Za s sage advice Remember the story is not always the final goal One of the strengths of this enthralling story is the unfolding of the tale through Rufus memory that is often patchy and hallucinatory matching it to the environment with its twists and turns in the river and the hidden islands appearing and disappearing before your eyes This provides a cinematic uality as the scenes are vividly painted for the reader making the Niger Delta as much a character as Rufus and Za The expert storytelling allows the reader to feel empathy for the characters that live in an environment where often who is the good guy and who is the bad guy is dependent on the breathtaking tricks of chance that can result in life or death in a secondUsing Rufus as the detective in this mystery allows for the exploration of journalism as a vehicle for being the voice of the people and showing the frustration of reining in the truth when political and money forces are spinning the tale to their own making Through Rufus starts out searching for the white woman he ends up finding something transformative and profound and the reader is right there with him feeling the potent mix of humanity with the sharp edge of nervous anticipation of the truthI thoroughly enjoyed this book as it was part armchair adventure part cautionary tale and part social documentary Oil on Water provides a portrait of the Niger Delta and the people who live there The author deserves the accolades as he took an unsettling subject and captured it in a calming and haunting way that stays with me long after I have read the last pageI recommend this book to readers of literary fiction and those who are interested in environmental and energy issuesReviewed by BeverlyAPOOO Literary Book Review

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They must contend with the brutality of both government soldiers and militants Assailed by irresolvable versions of the truth about the woman's disappearance dependent on the kindness of strangers of unknowable loyalties their journalistic objectivity will prove unsustainable but other values might yet salvage their human dignity. This book revolves around the Niger Delta area the struggle for oil and power the contaminated water the fleeing Niger Deltan residents and the conseuences of greed Helon Habila takes the reader on a ride exposing the environmental conditions poor health insecurities and the harsh realities that people in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria are experiencing through the eyes of two journalists Za and Rufus Za who was nibbling on his past glory as an accomplished journalist was on a mission to reclaim his fame and his reputation after a lost love affair a fall out with his past employer and a past criminal record smeared his name He decided to go on a dangerous but newsworthy trip to rescue a British woman who was kidnapped by the militants for a ransom which he believed would resuscitate his glory Tagging along with him is Rufus a photo journalist whose goal was to gain some recognition while pursing this story and to be accorded some respect among his journalist peers As these two men began their journey Helon visually captured the effect of oil spill in the area There are ferocious fires bulldozing villages daily which can be seen through the orange glows There is also a lack of security in this area Homegrown militants who are residents of the area but are against the oil companies who have exploited the lands are terrorizing people stealing and threatening anyone who is not in support of their mission Their goal is to secure their lands and partake in its glorious financial output The environmental degradation of the area is captured by Helon s words which informed the readers about the negative economic impact of oil spill Rivers that habited big fishes and crabs and was a source of their livelihood have degraded because of the pollution Dead fishes and dead bodies often washed off the shores and many residents in the area travel far in other to get uality fishes and crabs to sell I did not know much about the Niger Delta area and their struggles but this book opened my eyes to what is currently happening there I often read about the militants as thugs and jobless young people from a negative perspective but this book humanized and shed a positive light on them I cannot imagine being a resident of this area and not feeling a pang of pain over what the oil companies are doing to my people and to my land After reading this book I developed a new perspective about the Niger Delta militants and actually applaud them for fighting to keep these greedy politicians and expatriates at bayI hope someone from the government reads this book and begins a reconciliatory process about this issue which is damaging lives and have rendered thousands homeless How can a whole village move from their ancestral home because they feel unsafe in their land How dare the Nigerian government kidnap a chief who is the most respectable person in a community from his home and return his dead body to his community because he refused to sign off his lands to hungry and selfish oil company CEO s I recommend a sincere apology to be tendered to the Niger Deltans and for these residents to get a fair percentage from any profit made from oil sales They should be compensated by awarding everyone a monthly stipend security free healthcare and uality education at no cost to them In addition I would suggest that a member from each community elected by the people should be a member of the Executive board in every oil company in the area This would help prioritize and consider the needs of the Niger Deltans before any decision is made by the boardI rate this book 9510 and highly recommend it to every young Nigerian especially those who desire to take up leadership roles in the country Our decisions matter and have ripple effects So when we seat at the table lets be on the right side of history for posterity Thirteen Plus One (The Winnie Years, revolves around the Niger Delta area the struggle for oil and power the contaminated water the fleeing Niger Deltan 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The new generation of twenty first century African writers have now come of age Without a doubt Habila is one of the best Emmanuel DongalaIn the oil rich and environmentally devastated Nigerian Delta the wife of a British oil executive has been kidnapped Two journalists a young upstart Rufus and a once great now disillusioned ve. Rufus a young journalist on his first major assignment travels into the troubled oil rich Nigerian Delta hoping to land his breakthrough news story interviewing the kidnappers of a British oil engineer s wife and proving that the captive is alive The dangers lurking among the oilfields and the pipelines that meander snake like across the Delta s waters cannot deter him especially as he is in the company of his much admired former mentor the erstwhile prominent reporter Za Helon Habila s new novel Oil on Water is a confidently crafted and absorbing in parts totally gripping chronicle of human ambitions tragedies and failures but also of love friendship and perseverance of the human spirit Evoking the rich and beautiful yet fragile environment of the Delta that is slowly being devastated by the greed for oil and money Habila perceptively guides his different narrative strands into a poignant story that is profoundly personal even where he raises broader political and societal concernsHabila weaves his story in a non chronological way it flows back and forth in time reflecting the reporters meandering voyage through the vast intricate river delta We first meet Rufus and Za on the ninth day of their uest In flashbacks we learn about their back stories and over time that of other memorable characters Past events are hinted at early on Now they are on their own traveling by slow canoe dependent for guidance and safety on a local fisherman and his young son to find a safe place to stay while charting their next steps However their time among the mangroves and later on a very special island of worshippers is suddenly interrupted and they have to leave their journalist role behind and use all their talents to stay aliveObserving events through Rufus s eyes and mind the author takes us behind the news headlines and deep into the complicated uagmire of the violent conflict between the opposing sides and their claims for oil land and control Emotions run high suspicions and fear are constant companions Not only are deadly accidents common from fires and illegally tapped oil pipes the local military units tasked with protecting the oil business s interests are known for excessive vicious force when confronted by any type of resistance passive or not The militant rebels also have a reputation of violence and kidnapping as a means to raise the money for their ongoing struggle against the government authorities and the oil companies The local population of fishermen and farmers with memories of a simpler and healthier life and happier times are caught in the middle but also tempted by promised riches from the oil wells on their shoresHabila is an accomplished storyteller as well as a poet having won numerous awards in both fields His imagery is vivid at times cinematographic and his lyrical language comes to the fore in particular when he connects the reader with the atmospheric seascapes of the Delta Midriver the water was clear and mobile but toward the banks it turned brackish and still trapped by mangroves in whose branches the mist hung in clumps like cotton balls Ahead of us the mist arched clear over the water like a bridge our light wooden canoe would be so enveloped in the dense gray stuff that we couldn t see each other as we glided silently over the waterDespite the oftentimes violent events that Habila describes he softens their impact with his sensitive characterization of people who rarely are totally evil or totally good they are human beings A less rounded and skilled storyteller could have succumbed to the dangers of taking on a didactic preaching tone Not so While Habila has definite deep concerns on his mind he never allows these to take over or skew the balance in this richly imagined story of complex human beings in a many sided challenging situation To me the late writer and journalist Ken Saro Wiva the human rights activist and until his execution in 1995 foremost non violent defender of the rights of the indigenous Delta populations comes to mind as a likely and strong inspiration for the author


10 thoughts on “Oil on Water

  1. says:

    This novel deserves all the kudos heaped upon it The clarity of the writing the construction of the central mystery the steady buildup of tension the detailed character development—all are remarkable and accomplished The story is simple and straightforward but becomes nail bitingly tense as the cub reporter Rufus pursues the kidnappers of a woman on the Nigerian delta Rufus wouldn’t have volunteered for the dangerous mission but for wi

  2. says:

    a stunning novel one I highly recommend it to people who want to be enlightened about human and environmental conditions in other nations Maybe some people think it's not cool to be reading fiction about the damage caused by big bad

  3. says:

    Rufus a young journalist on his first major assignment travels into the troubled oil rich Nigerian Delta hoping to land his breakthrough news story interviewing the kidnappers of a British oil engineer's wife and proving that the captive is alive The dangers lurking among the oilfields and the pipelines that meander snake like across the Delta's waters cannot deter him especially as he is in the company of his

  4. says:

    This was a wonderful glimpse into the confusion violence desperation and hope of the Niger Delta region and its people It was up close and personal in the way I like when reading about conflicted parts of the world Too often

  5. says:

    Heading Disillusioned and DisheartenedOil on Water is the masterful third novel by Helon Habila and once again the author tackles a

  6. says:

    The opening chapter describes a harrowing river journey that immediately brings to mind Heart of Darkness It is not the same story but the physical surroundings the fog the fearful emotional atmosphereI'm thinking Mistah Kurtz he dead It was a strong powerful chapterThe story is of an ambitious Nigerian reporter who is trying to fi

  7. says:

    The most interesting thing about this book is the subject matter of the political and environmental disaster caused by oil companies in Nigeria Eventhought this is an extremely important and interesting topic I must say that I don’t think I would have finished this novel if I didn’t have to read it for university Regarding this book as a novel rather than an important piece of Nigerian literature I couldn

  8. says:

    This book revolves around the Niger Delta area the struggle for oil and power the contaminated water the fleeing Niger Deltan residents and the conseuences of greed Helon Habila takes the reader on a ride exposing the envir

  9. says:

    This book opened up my eyes to what is happening in the Niger Delta Two journalists head out to find an English wo

  10. says:

    Oil On Water by Helon Habila is a novel that takes in Nigeria where oil has become the main concern The oil companies are b

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