,,Oil on Water” Book Review: A look into the tragic story of the Niger Delta
Oil and Water by Helon Habila is a book chronicles the story of two journalists, a reluctant mentor and a willing mentee, along their search for a kidnapped white woman in the heart of the Niger Delta islands. As the two journey in this conflict ridden area of Nigeria, they unpurposefully find themselves redefining the search itself and reflecting on their previous experiences. Beautiful yet tragic, Oil on Water captures the heart of a troubled people and nation: the islanders who realise they have sold of their homes for money, the rebels who kidnap foreigners and bomb oil plants for money and the soldiers who fight off the rebels to protect the oil plants and the foreigners working there. An unforgettable read, Oil on Water demystifies the Niger Delta as not only a place of great conflict and oil but a place that people hold dear, where things connect in the harshnes of it all and answers to nagging questions can be realised.