Creative writing news welcomes you to the online book tour of Beyond The Trial by the talented Chigozie Anuli Mbadugha. This is the first of five (5) tour stops in her one week book tour. Attend the other blog tours for more insight into this life rewarding book. See the Tour schedule HERE.

We thoroughly enjoyed reading this collection of short stories. The stories evoked a mixture of emotions which is expected of most excellently written stories. We cannot wait to hear Dr Chigozie Mbadugha answer all our questions. If you have not read the book, here is a summary of the plot below for your benefit. Further down is an audio excerpt from Beyond The Trial. Chigozie Anuli Mbadugha is available to answer all your questions. You will  probably have questions for her after reading and listening to the excerpt. Write your questions in the comments section. Join in the discussion with the author. Share. Invite your friends. Enter the draw by asking questions and participating in the tour. Triple your chances of winning by ordering a copy of the book and participating in all the book tours.

Book Description

image001 Beyond the Trial illustrates a gradual mental shift that has already begun to take place, in terms of how women now view themselves and their blossoming sense of self-worth, at least. While the older generation of its women have felt that they have to endure so much to keep their men happy and their homes together, the younger, more educated women are having none of it. Mbadugha’s younger female protagonists do not give in to the hopelessness of their situations; they are refusing to be relegated, or to become bitter and resentful. They do not accept labels society would like to put on them, or how it makes them out as unfortunate, disadvantaged, downtrodden, and mere castaways simply because of their unfortunate circumstances of life, even when their troubles are not of their own making. They do not wallow in self-pity or cower from their problems or throw sighs at them.

Relax and enjoy the readings from Beyond The Trial by the author.

An excerpt from Shadows from the Past in Beyond the Trial

Jude, Justina and I returned from school tired and hungry on that fateful day. Mother had prepared my favourite food – vegetable yam garnished with locust beans. We had eaten cheerfully with our bare hands. My siblings ate from plates. I preferred to eat mine from Mother’s small mortar. I believed the food tasted better from there. We had just finished eating when Onyeasiri, the village talebearer, ran into our compound panting.

“Where is your mother? Where is she?” she asked.

“In the kitchen,” replied Jude, pointing towards the back of the house.

“I hope there is no problem,” I said.

She ignored my question and ran towards the kitchen. I got up and followed her. Mother was cleaning the portion of the kitchen that housed our stove and cooking utensils. It was an open cooking area shared with the occupants of the other three apartments. Onyeasiri ran to my mother and told her she had some news for her. Mother stopped all she was doing and waited for her to speak.

“Water! Water!” she demanded, “I have been running from near the Ogbaru health centre. Please give me water.”

I left her with my mother, went into the house and got her some water. She gulped it quickly.

“What is this news that you have been running to come and deliver to me?” asked Mama.

Onyeasiri looked around, as if to see if there were any new additions to her audience.  There were none as my siblings had not stirred from the front of the house where we had just finished our lunch.  Onyeasiri savoured being the one disseminating breaking news in our area. She looked at my mother and me.

“Nne Ada, I saw your husband being taken to Ogbaru health centre about twenty minutes ago. He did not look too well. They had to carry him in. That useless girl Clara was with him,” said Onyeasiri, finally.

“Which health centre did you say?” asked my mother, instantly looking very worried.

“Ogbaru,” replied Onyeasiri.

“Could he have been involved in an accident?” asked Mother.

“I don’t know,” Onyeasiri replied, “But I did not see any obvious wounds on his body.”

I had watched their interplay with curiosity and trepidation. My siblings Jude and Justina were probably still recovering from our heavy lunch and had not stirred from their seat in the front balcony. Well, this piece of news was definitely going to stir them from their comfort zone.

“Ada, let’s go to the health centre,” said Mother.

She ran into the house, put on her brassiere, and changed to a more befitting wrapper and blouse. She came out adjusting her wrapper, and I noticed the free end of her wrapper had a small bulge in it. Knowing my mother, that probably represented her entire life savings tied to her wrapper for safe keeping. Sometimes, I found her devotion to my father bewildering. While he was used to rationalizing and equivocating on every gift or act of kindness to members of his family, Mother gave of herself sacrificially, again and again.

Thank you for taking time off your busy schedule to chat with us. I have a few questiions I’d like to ask you.

  1. As a medical doctor, you probably see a lot of drama in the hospital. Do you draw inspiration from events encountered in your course of duty?
  2. In the second story, Rude Awakening, Chidi was so mean to his sister-in-law, I wanted to reach into the  the book to slap him. How did you create such a character? Ever encountered anyone like him?
  3. How do you set writing goals? Any rituals you’d like to share with us?

Now leave your questions in the comments section. Do not forget to join the tour tomorrow on lolaopatayo.com

About The Author

image005Chigozie Anuli Mbadugha wrote her first unpublished novel at the age of six and has been writing poems, scripts, short stories, and songs since then, mainly for leisure. One of her poems, “The New Yam Festival,” won second prize in a nationwide poetry competition in 1983. She was the recipient of the silver prize at the Kanagawa World Biennial Children’s art competition in Japan in 1987. She was educated at two Federal Government Colleges (Enugu and Ijanikin, Lagos) and at the University of Benin Medical School. She holds a Masters degree with distinction from University College London.

Her debut publication Beyond the Trial is an inspirational collection of short stories published in 2015. It was nominated for the 2015 Dan Poynter Global EBook Award. In 2015, Beyond the Trial was featured in the London Book Fair, Book Expo America, Beijing Book Fair, Frankfurt Book Fair and the Guadalajara Book Fair. It was also featured in the 2016 Nigeria International Book fair in Lagos.

Chigozie Anuli Mbadugha is constantly trying to maintain a balance between medical practice, family commitments and her passion for writing. She is grateful for the inspiration and support she gets from her husband, family and friends. She is undecided which gives her more pleasure – writing songs or words.


image003You can see the book trailer here.

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Miriam David

Miriam is a creative writer, short story blogger, editor and contributor on creativewritingnews.net . She is an alumnus of the great University of Benin, a philosopher and an aspiring author of best sellers to come. When she is not writing, she is either working, keeping up with social media trends,reading novels, listening to good music, seeing movies or dreaming up stories.


  • Oct 24, 2016 at 7:23 am

    Thanks Chioma & the creative writing news team for hosting and coordinating this book tour. These are my answers to your questions:
    1. Yes, I do see a lot of “drama” at work, but even more so in everyday life. Sometimes I get inspiration from events happening around me, at other times a character just pops into my head and I am forced to craft in words the picture or story in my head.

    2. The stories of ordeals that Nigerian women endure after the death of their spouses are rife and all around us. I have heard several true life accounts of such ordeals. The character “Chidi” popped into my head when I was writing Rude Awakening. I cannot say I was writing anyone of the stories I had been privileged to listen to. I wanted to write a story that would inspire young widows to pick up the pieces of their lives and work hard to give their children a good education and hope for the future. Thankfully, I have never met anyone like Chidi in real life. I am sure my reaction to them will be similar to yours if I ever do.

    3. With a young family and a full time demanding job, I must confess that I have no writing ritual to boast of. I however carry an outline book with me wherever I go. When ideas pop into my head, I write them down so that when I have the time, I can sit down and add flesh to my outline. I work best early in the morning so when I can, I get up an hour or two earlier and write before I go about my daily chores and work. I would advice young writers to belong to a writers’ group and get honest critique from their peers. They can also learn a lot from reading and critiquing other people’s works.
    Accept constructive criticism and don’t stop writing because your work was rejected after a submission. Keep writing, keep improving… Let’s soar!

  • Oct 24, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Hello Chigozie. I enjoyed reading Beyond reproach. Your voice is simple and endearing. All the stories passed across their messages clearly. My favorite is Shadows from the past. I like how you could show the effects of the abuse Ada and her siblings went through in the hands of their father. I especially like how the story unfolded like a box of mysteries.

    I have two questions, how were you able to keep from revealing too much in the beginning and what do you think the Nigerian government is doing enough to protect her citizens against any form of abuse, external and internal?

    • Oct 24, 2016 at 1:57 pm

      Thanks for your kind words, Miriam. It is deeply appreciated.

      I wrote the story Shadows from the Past as it came to me. I did not, in all honesty, know the end from the beginning and so I wasn’t able to reveal much. I just flowed with my thoughts as they came.

      A lot of people who are victims of abuse will tell you that the abuse was perpetrated by close and trusted family and friends. That makes it very difficult for victims to disclose their ordeal. Sometimes victims report to parents who are either unwilling or unable to get justice for them. It also gets swept under the carpet because of the social stigma associated with the disclosure. Government agencies charged with the responsibility of protecting the vulnerable ones in the society often do not get notified often. When as a society we say NO to abuse in all its ramifications, the Nigerian government will do more. There is room for agencies and government parastatals to do more than they are doing presently.

      • Oct 24, 2016 at 5:04 pm

        I appreciate your input. Thank you for adding your quota to fighting abuse and encouraging victims of abuse to speak and deal with their ordeals.

        • Oct 24, 2016 at 6:17 pm

          Thanks, Miriam!

  • Oct 24, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Hello Chigozie.
    Nice stories you have written. Why did take on the issues surrounding women and also having female characters as your protagonists? Does it mean you’re also a feminist?

    • Oct 25, 2016 at 10:08 am

      The choice of female protagonists was actually incidental. I wrote the three stories as stand alone stories at different periods of time. I was writing the third story when I suddenly realised that the three of them had a unifying theme. That was when I made the decision to publish them as a single collection of stories.

      Being a woman, I am passionate about things that affect women. I am equally passionate about things that affect children. However I can write about any theme I am inspired to write about.

  • Oct 24, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Do you find literature as a necessary tool with which to address some societal issues?

    • Oct 24, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      Thanks for your comment Okeke Okechi. Literature for me when I write is a way of expressing myself. I may write to address societal issues, or simply to entertain, but I daresay that there is often a lesson or experience to learn from in most stories no matter how subtle. Serious societal issues that would otherwise generate a heated polity can be discussed in literary works without rustling too many feathers.

      When I read fiction, I read for pleasure; to relieve stress (much needed in our days if you ask me) or to learn how to be a better writer. I can become so engrossed in characters in a book and the world they live in that for the period I am savouring the book, I feel as though I am a part of their experiences.

  • Oct 24, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    What were the experiences and challenges you had during the course of writing your book. And how did overcome such?

  • Oct 24, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    What were the experiences and challenges you had during the course of writing your book. And how did you overcome such?

    • Oct 25, 2016 at 10:15 am

      The major challenge I had when writing the book was creating time to do it. I had given myself a deadline which I had great difficulty meeting. I had to find a way to create time for it. I had wanted to be able to type as I was writing but that proved difficult. I had to find someone reliable to entrust the typing to and she was prodding me to complete the stories since she was keen to get to the end.

      Shadows from the Past was set in Nigeria’s post colonial era and I had to write bearing that in mind as much as possible.

  • Oct 27, 2016 at 4:41 am

    The excerpts have wet my appetite. I will be asking my local library to stock your book. I think it’s great to have such examples of empowering stories widely available.


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