Obi, the smoke writer ventured the City of Porta to redefine the art of storytelling, instead he rediscovered his true identity.
The Smoke Writer is a story about having a dream, working hard for it, and hoping that luck come your way. The idea that we can reach any height is reinforced in a society that encourages us to dream and aspire for greatness. All we need to do is ask, and we shall be given. Strengthened by those assurances, Obi wakes everyday eager to claim his rightful status as a wordsmith.
Why can’t he? After all, he is a legitimate descendant of Uche; a legendary storyteller from Ntu village, immortalized in the minds of the people for his magnetizing storytelling ability. Uche’s protege once enchanted the king with a story, and the king froze in awe for five minutes after the story have ended. Even in war times, the Uches were indispensable. Not only did they fought alongside their comrades, they also motivated their fellow warriors with victorious tales of their predecessors.
Conceived in the age of Windows and Macintosh, Obi took upon himself the burden to keep Uche’s legendary alive. Convinced that whoever endeavored to be a storyteller will have to write it, Obi maintained that, tales by the moonlight was for a time long gone, he
A lit lamp covered with a basket is of no use, unless it is place on a stand where people can benefit from its light. Obi needed to get his stories out. To this end he set his eyes on the shining City of Porta. Certainly stars are born in the villages, but it is in Porta that they are illuminated, or forever dimmed. Every author whose work saw the light of the day, went through Porta. For Obi to succeed as a wordsmith, he will have to pass through Porta.
Self-rediscovery in Porta
Crashing his way into the Porta was one thing, but getting a publisher to listen was a different issue. He was on the verge of giving up when he met Ken, a man not limited to conventional publishing rules. Obi then told him one of the saddest stories ever; the misadventure of Raj. The vengeance seeking Raj had arrived the heart of darkness, bent on conniving with the devil to destroy his magician opponent. Consumed with bitterness, Raj made a fatal mistake that got his transformed into a tree.
However, it was with the story of Oji the shape-shifter, which eventually got him a publishing deal. Not only was Oji a shape-shifter, he was also a lover, and he punished severely anyone who dared to make advances to his beloved.
As fate had it, the very tradition of oral storytelling he wanted to change, became his key to fulfillment.