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By: James Obi


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The author was born and raised in a traditional rural village in the most violently homophobic country on earth – Nigeria. His memoir tells a harrowing story – how he negotiated ostracism, imprisonment, homelessness, violence, extortion and intense persecution. But he is never a victim – drawing on his own spiritual and emotional resources, he overcomes. He seeks to understand the root causes of homophobia, providing fascinating insights into Igbo culture, history, spirituality and cosmology. Moving rapidly from one hair-raising experience to the next, the tight prose and action-packed narrative will keep the reader engaged until the end. At the same time the author provides hope to those facing persecution and violence, and who find themselves in similar situations.

James Obi is from Anambra, in South East Nigeria. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Abia State University. He moved to South Africa in 2015. He holds qualifications in HIV counselling from Wits University, Substance Abuse Disorder and Addictions counselling from SANCA, psychology from the University of Toronto, sociology from the University of South Wales, and Child Counselling from College SA. He worked for the Wits Health Consortium as an HIV/AIDS counsellor, and with Jesuit Refugee Services as a trauma counsellor, focusing on LGBTI refugees and on women refugee victims of sexual violence. He provided end-of-life accompaniment to the terminally ill, and bereavement counselling to the family members and loved ones left behind.

Customer Reviews
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3 reviews
  • Clearwater is a wonderful book.
    The story is absolutely engaging and touching.
    I recommend this book to everyone who is interested in a gripping true life story and events.
    You will be glued !!

  • Nwachebe Clement Ikechukwu

    Wow, clear water is an amazing and interesting book. The story firmly holds attention, and it is exciting. I recommend this book for you if you are looking for true life history and story. So, make sure you buy and read for yourself, because you are missing a whole lot of true life story you would love to hear.

  • Helena Saayman

    Riveting and entertaining. I love memoirs, and this is one of the best in the genre.
    Readers just looking for hair-raising adventure and drama won't be disappointed.
    It is also a coming out, coming-of-age and living one's truth story, and I look forward to the sequel already.

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