Modestus Diko’s new book The Enslaved Virgin Girl is not your everyday read. It is a book that is though much needed in these times of social ineptitude and juvenile delinquencies. The most curious thing about Modestus’ book is not what is written in the book but what was going through his mind when he decided to write the book.
We are at a point in human history where nothing is wrong. In fact, you are only wrong when convicted by a court of law –whether or not you are guilty. People choose virtues and vices and make of them what suits their present condition and situation. They say it is okay to steal if it is to cure your hunger. They agree honesty depends on whether it will hurt the other person. Virginity, the major theme of the book has lost its meaning and essence. This is why Modestus’ attempt at bringing such an issue to the fore strikes my curiousity. Frankly speaking, this one will not go down well with teenagers and young adults whose virginity have long been lost to strangers and vultures but it is a special gift for those whose virginity in its purest sense can still be vouched for.
Ironically starting with an introductory that seemed to be the foreplay of sex, it delves into the mind of a virgin girl. It portrays the battle of the mind against opposing forces even when that is one on the slate of purity. Written in simple language, Modestus ensured the content of the book would be read and understood by all and sundry. I particularly enjoyed the yo-yo thoughts of the Virgin. She goes from celebrating her piety to almost cursing herself for not being like the others. She then even experiments and discovered the futility of chasing shadows.
Almost a monologue, the book is entertaining yet didactic, it teaches yet allows one to think and decide answers by oneself. I read
“I say to her, my dear
There is nothing on earth
More than a pure spirit
In order for one to have
The whole earth
His thoughts, his words
The secrets of his innermost
Heart all must be pure
That reads like a part of the bible but it sure connects with our pursuit of joy and happiness. Lines like the above run through the length of the poem which in length does not compete with the Iliad but has to be one of the longest you have seen in a long time. Each word lead on to the next like a flow of river, moving over itself yet looking like it is stagnant. It is a beauty to a mind that loves the flow of words – especially in its everyday simplicity.
Amongst the sub-themes is the ever loving concept of Mother. Motherhood was celebrated in his ability to instill love and discipline from cradle even the point of crucial decisions like the – should I or should I not that comes with having sex for the first time. If I was a virgin, these would not have stopped me from experimenting but it would have prepared me for the consequences of heartbreaks and the many evils that go with pre-marital sex and all. See this from mother’s advice ;
“Listen to this, my daughter
Do you know why ritual killers
Use virgins for sacrifices?
It’s because they believe
Virgins are pure and
I don’t know of many writers who would have come out all ballistic on a tasty and controversial issue as virginity and pre-marital sex, hence I respect the bravely and intelligence of the writer of this book. I enjoyed reading it and had to read it over and again.
If there ever was a book that should get into your library whether or not you have your virginity, it is this. It is a guide for the upcoming generation. Besides HIV/AIDS, we can stop the menace of unwanted pregnancies and heart breaks. If you must break the cord, you ought to at least know the consequences that come with the action. This is what makes THE ENSLAVED VIRGIN GIRL BY M.I.D a must read for all and sundry.