Nigerian born author, Obioma, has written a novel about love and loss. His second work of fiction is the story of Chinonso, also known as Solomon. He is a poultry farmer in Nigeria who is quite content living on his farm, but is willing to sacrifice it for the woman he loves. Ndali, the woman, is from a wealthy family that values a good education. Without much thought, Chinonso sells his farm and applies to a college in Cyprus. What ensues is tragic, but Chinonso continues to love Ndali despite everything.
The narrator of An Orchestra of Minorities is a “chi,” which in Nigerian lore is a guardian spirit. The narrator is Solomon’s chi, who seems powerless to prevent all that happens to his host. This chi is also extremely wordy and tends to digress often, which I think will frustrate many readers.