THE SPLIT ABSOLUTE

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It sounds most bizarre, and simply incredible, that a biological mother would indeed should choose to trust the diabolical judgments of her male siblings against her own son's academic and business pursuits in his struggling ambition for sound, healthy life growth for himself, and, perhaps, for society. This hatred stance Prof. Oti-Ansere, hero of The Split Absolute, discovers to his chagrin has become his lot for who and what his mother is. Why, the professor of Philosophy ponders, should Afua Nyarko, his biological mother, absolutely unread and illiterate, as are her male siblings, this much secretively but openly now, and this much wickedly, endorse her male siblings schemed persecution of him, her biological son.

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The Split Absolute by Gregory Ofei Obuobi.

It sounds most bizarre, and simply incredible, that a biological mother would indeed should choose to trust the diabolical judgments of her male siblings against her own son's academic and business pursuits in his struggling ambition for sound, healthy life growth for himself, and, perhaps, for society. This hatred stance Prof. Oti-Ansere, hero of The Split Absolute, discovers to his chagrin has become his lot for who and what his mother is. Why, the professor of Philosophy ponders, should Afua Nyarko, his biological mother, absolutely unread and illiterate, as are her male siblings, this much secretively but openly now, and this much wickedly, endorse her male siblings schemed persecution of him, her biological son.

Now in the prime of his struggling ambition, a very successful published author, and a teacher, Oti-Ansere takes a momentary pause to reminisce his immediate past in Afua Nyarko's single mother parenting care at Bibiani. He would discover for himself the reasons for this tacit but weird, untoward attitude of his mother's towards him. Mother and son, struggling, had lived in troublous, precarious circumstances at Bibiani, eking a living their own peculiar, poor, hard way. They would not go hungry, though. They made subsistence farms, cultivating virgin tropical forests. At Mamponteng, Afua Nyarko owned three farms, at Tano-Dumase in Atwima Mponua district one.

Harvests from these farms would keep Afua Nyarko's hearth with the essentials of food supplies. Once a leopard, Oti-Ansere never saw it, scared mother and son out of their wits on Afua Nyarko's number one Mamponteng subsistence farm. A leopard lowed, so Afua Nyarko believed. Instinctively, Afua Nyarko raised her nose and eyes in the direction of the warning cry. Terrified past her emotional ceiling, Afua Nyarko turned and shot away past her son, who had been a few yards behind her. She had whined, "Yaw, follow!" Mother never stopped in her frenzy to turn to monitor her son's response. She had torn through brush and brambles to safety, abandoning son, farm implements and farm to danger. Thirty minutes later, Oti-Ansere prowled home to Afua Nyarko at her stall in the market. Mother was tending her merchandise for money! Oti-Ansere took umbrage. Oti-Ansere would never pardon his mother her display of lack of care and love for his safety. He was the preferred prey, he divined, for the predator by her response to the threat! He has borne his mother a grudge since. However, he has consequently learnt the need to learn to protect himself first against all odds and threats. Life preservation is always an individual and personal responsibility as much for the individual person as for the group as for the nation. This is a topical theme that permeates the story of The Split Absolute. Never sacrifice self to the whims of threats and persecution by others.

Alone on the second Mamponteng farm his mother owned another occasion, Oti-Ansere observes Afua Nyarko suffer the beginning of a life-long disfigurement harvesting a ripe bunch of palm fruits. The stunt of a palm branch wickedly bounces back out of control and gives Afua Nyarko a mortal hit close to the elbow end of her left arm. She has not been careful enough performing. The hurt grows to a cyst, packed with developing gore to form a growing mountain of flesh at the hurt spot. Her left arm is left disfigured as a result. Oti-Ansere empathizes with his mother. He queries where is her husband, my father? He regrets their situation. 16:30 hours. It was early gloaming. Mother and son sat in the shelter of their Bibiani Old Town market stall, frying and selling aweasu corn cakes. As if in a hunch, Afua Nyarko turned to her son and directed, "Yaw, go and relieve the old woman of her head-load." She would send succor to a hurting old woman. Afua Nyarko would.

The basket-load of farm harvests weighed heavier than a lead bullion would. Oti-Ansere queried the appropriateness of the wisdom in his mother's decision. The head-load of farm harvests had impinged its killing weight on Oti-Ansere's being sitting on his skull taking away, temporarily, his thinking power. Later Oti-Ansere complained to Afua Nyarko, "Human beings should never ever put any load of any weight on the skull of the head." That basket-load of farm harvests, Oti-Ansere believed, had already hurt and harmed his brain. He resolved he would pass a legislation, when he became the chief-executive of the Republic of Ghana later, that banned any native from ever carrying any load of any description on the skull. The human person works to improve the health of the being and to give himself some comfort, not to inflict pains and hurt on the body. Out of ignorance, perhaps, and for wrong reasons unacceptable to Oti-Ansere, his mother was wont to hurting him with impossible assignments The Split Absolute points out.Another important theme the novel carries: Work should always improve the healthy growth of the person, providing useful services.

All these mother-son self-help services notwithstanding, Oti-Ansere complains he never once benefited a pesewa from the hard earned sterling savings that accrued to his mother's coffers. So hard iron-fisted was, and is, Afua Nyarko where her son Oti-Ansere's welfare is concerned! The son had to work. Oti-Ansere did work extra-hours to earn extra-income to meet the costs of his essential body needs. Nor would Afua Nyarko elect to foot the bills, the son alleges, even of his elementary school education. Oti-Ansere sold candies at odd hours.These facts Oti-Ansere throws into the face of his mother on mobile telephone confrontations in the book, a novel introduction Gregory Obuobi introduces into the contemporary novel writing as a literary device. Yet another theme: What are parents there for? Then some luck of sort struck. Oti-Ansere got admitted to a secondary/seminary institution. Till then Oti-Ansere had never owned any footwear!

At a Catholic university in Europe where he studied temporarily, Oti-Ansere saw his academic ambition and pursuit whet up, outstripping the university restrictions that deny true knowledge acquisition and impedes wholesome academic pursuits. As a way out to reach proper secular education, Oti-Ansere turned his back on Catholic education. He left Rome. His quest he would get at his own way. He has been pursuing unadulterated knowledge, and is searching yet. Knowledge never must be sanctioned. Never! It always serves some human purpose.

Then Oti-Ansere discovers, to his quiet shock, the true stuff of which his mother's male siblings are made: sleazy, villainous, sly murderers, envious of gifted, rare talents in their clan. It is this vicious evil Oti-Ansere confronts in The Split Absolute, and is determined to defeat. All the villains, including Afua Nyarko, the hero's mother, are idolatrous, operating a clandestine witch-craft machinery. Through a conference call the hero operates in the development of the story, the author gets the evil nature of the virulent chief villain of the story, Yaw Saffoh, exposed. A gossip this villain unwittingly plants gets the entire college of the idolatrous Aketegu-Bomso witches and wizards into trouble; they are brought to book. After the court trial at Manhyia Bantama, under the aegis of the reigning Asante-hene, an aerial battle breaks. The Aketegu-Bomso villainy is brought low. The pollution Yaw Saffoh constitutes is wiped out. A thorny theme:Should uncles and aunts be tolerated anywhere near the responsible parenting of children?

The Split Absolute, thematically, points at the major flaw that holds back the healthy growth of the community: the flawed nature of the nuclear family. The nuclear family in contemporary technological setting is sacrosanct. It holds the key to the healthy growth of the economy. Idol worship and witch-craft, endemic and operating clandestinely specifically in contemporary Ghana communities, hold back growth. They are sub-human, anti-intellectual and destructive. Would any honest person today doubt there are wives hereabout who drug their husbands' dishes with their body's 'critical essence and some other fetish poison substances' for some clandestine unholy motives? Professor Oti-Ansere would not allow the evil, idolatrous indulgences of a biological mother to impede or hold back his ambitions. Protective, he keeps his wife and children out his mother's and siblings' harmful reaches. The three lectures he improvises, scientific and instructive, in the story come to offset the woes criminal religion is wreaking in the Ghana Community, holding back worthwhile healthy growth: the gullible are at risk. Anybody who knows Bertrand Russell by his immortal article: A Free Man's Worship, 1903: and Albert Camus by his famous short story: The Myth of Sisyphus immediately gets a feel of the central theme The Split Absolute carries:Your life is your chief responsibility for all the worth life is where you are. It is a monstrous but simple moral question that drives, and should drive growth where human life is concerned. Civilizations have spurt into being and collapsed because they were built on misinformation and falsehood that were deemed knowledge. Faulty knowledge anywhere and everywhere is dangerous. It hurts criminally destructively.

The quiet but incisive study and search Professor Oti-Ansere conducts into the weird nature of how his mother has performed and run her life this far has unearthed some of the troublous and disturbing causes why the Bomso and Aketegu clans are where they are now as fossils of backwardness, underdevelopment, corruption and abject poverty. Witch-craft and illiteracy are anti-intellectual and destructive. Illiteracy and idolatrous indulgences dwarf growth and healthy development. They are iron-stiff blocks to the ardent pursuit of classroom learning of the sciences and the arts. Witchcraft, furtive and covert, in the Kojo Wusu-Akua Yaa clan setting is anti-intellectual and positively harmful and harming; they undermine healthy growth. Yaw Saffoh and Kojo Amponsah are evil arch-products of devious fetich witchery who descend into the terrain of a sister's family to obstruct and destroy. Unfortunate them; they run into Oti-Ansere who never one second compromises his faith in self-defence and in his pursuit of learning for self-growth.

Yaw Saffoh and Kojo Amponsah, most active but covert wizards of the Akua Yaa-Kojo Wusu witchery, lurk in the dark, exploiting, destroying, cheating, stealing and plotting murder by poisoning, borrowing and begging to stay alive. Their evil clandestine pursuits blunt their senses even to the harm they constitute to their evil selves. The evil danger they constitute they are able to infest Afua Nyarko with to do evil; Afua Nyarko follows their trail. Nor would Oti-Ansere tolerate them. All their vomites are active witch-craft elements. Corruption is deeply seated here. Dependency is rooted here. Poverty is their lot as are diseases and filth. If anybody cares to know why the nation state economy of contemporary Ghana is in the doldrums, and will continue to be a shambles, here are some of the root-causes, which are clearly delineated and defined. They are problems endemic in the nuclear and clan families. Anti-intellectualism, dependency and diabolical idolatrous indulgences are counter-productive to the free pursuit of healthy growth and wealth. Gene-cast criminality in the clan The Split Absolute frowns on. It is these problems, native to clans such as these, that come writ large on the nation state's conscience. Contemporary Ghana must sternly grapple with the situation at the nuclear family level to be able to grow its economy to robust health. Consanguineous vices are dangerous and destructive to the health of the community as a whole. Oti-Ansere does not condone evil, he proves in the pages of both The Split Absolute and Scars of a Calabash Misdeed.

The Split Absolute is a novel that casts a mother villain who appears mysterious.The mystery conceals and carries Afua Nyarko's psychology. Afua Nyarko is nursing a life-long loss of hurt for her first ever husband, Oti-Ansere's father. Akwasi Tenten's son by her must never be allowed to give his love to a woman, whom he might hurt as his father has hurt her.With his wife secure in his care, Oti-Ansere might begrudge her, the mother witch, attention. Afua Nyarko would work hell to prevent this. Afua Nyarko is vengeful. She is nursing a deep-seated revenge, which is a problem for her, even now; and, strange enough,she is already jealous of the woman her son would marry! Oti-Ansere reminds his mother of his father, Ohene Akwasi Tenten.

Afua Nyarko's problem from her son, whom her father has hurt and insulted, is far removed from what problem Oti-Ansere is to her male siblings. Kojo Amponsah and Yaw Saffoh envy their nephew his mind, build and ambitions. Oti-Ansere overshadows and dwarfs the uncles. They feel hurt. They go to work to frustrate and smother Oti-Ansere. He resists both.

Oti-Ansere, however, has a fitting solution to the problems these are for him: He throws them out of his life - his mother and her siblings. He splits clean, clear from the danger they constitute for him. The Split Absolute frowns on consanguinity's plotted, corrupting, vicious, evil misdeeds; in contrast, it endorses and promotes, even in his adversity, the singular, healthy virtues the maverick individual displays, resisting and fighting plotted imposed vicious destruction from within the clan. It could be real enough, the break a son hurls into the faces of a sinning consanguineous clan.

The viciousness of their demonic persecuting operations resides in the secret pact these djinns, the Aketegu-Bomso wizards and witches, have made with a black demon, their witch-craft machinery source: the Aketegu Kojo Wusu calico draped calabash source. Their black demon, their bosom, runs them, pulling the strings. They do not possess independent wills their own, these djinns. They are puppets, all these consanguineous groupings of Bomso and Aketegu:Kojo Wusu, Kojo Manu, Kwabena Nkrumah, Teacher Amponsah, Kojo Amponsah, Yaw Saffoh, Kwabena Awotwe, Akua Yaa, Afua Nyarko and her brood of children and grandchildren, vicious senseless acolytes of their black demon-idol, their Lucifer bosom, anti-intellectuals, all, given to invidious, insidious operations.

Oti-Ansere must needs break free from vicious, demonic anti-intellectualism, he decides. This is the ultimate of blood breaks; he cuts free from his umbilical cord source to Afua Nyarko, his biological mother. In Biology the break smacks of mutation. Oti-Ansere is a mutant!

Let Afua Nyarko dangle loose, buffeted by the inclement elements. The Split Absolute.

The story is designed for children fifteen years and above. It is a literature material, and is a sequel to the first three titles that precede it: The Split; The Freak; and Scars of a Calabash Misdeed.