Our Children Are Coming is a great work of fiction which serves as a mirror of the society and every parent, teacher and child needs to own this mirror for a better perception of his role.”
In the novel “Our Children are Coming,” Chukwuemeka Ike xrays the level of moral and social degeneration in the society and its implication on the youth and society at large. The 341-page novel with 35 chapters published by Spectrum Books Limited in association with Safari Books Limited, Nigeria, was first published in 1991, however, its content is still very much relevant to today’s social system.
“Our Children Are Coming” depicts the yawning gap between parents and children in any average society today. The story highlights challenges everyone faces without loosing touch with the different social issues including the marginalization of youths and children.
The author weaves the story of many lives into an interesting tale of moral decadence in the society and how the negligence and negative behaviour of parents and teachers are affecting the children in our society who grow up into estranged youths.
In this view, the author raised provocative questions such as “How many parents know their children?” “How well do teachers really know their students/pupils?” The novel also stresses on the Nigerian bureaucratic obsession with commission of inquiry.
Chukwuemeka Ike’s “Our Children are Coming” also flaunts the defect of Western education on Nigerian society resulting to the demise of most indigenous languages, art and craft. It advocates for the resurge of a healthy learning environment that encourages local values and traditions.
As we celebrate yet another Children’s Day in Nigeria, we hope parents, teachers and everyone in Nigeria will make an effort to contribute positively to the growth and development of the Nigerian child.
It takes a village to raise a child! HAPPY CHILDREN’S DAY!