Plagued by the mysterious death of his older brother, the unassuming yet highly spirited 19 year old Ziik will be thrust on the daunting path to becoming a vigilante in the Third World. Progressively finding himself as a symbol of light through the shadows of Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria, Ziik must not only weave through the present day complexities of his homeland on his quest for justice; he must also learn to overcome himself to find peace.
Information about the Book
Title: Dawn of the Patriot: Heart of Ziik
Author: Okimi Peters
Genre: Graphic Novel
Page Count: 30
Publisher: Independently Published
Five interesting things about my main protagonist
The main protagonist of the Dawn of the Patriot story is known as Ziik. The name Ziik was derived from “Nnamdi Azikiwe” – the first president of the federal republic of Nigeria. Dr. Azikiwe was known as the “great Zik of Africa” for his numerous works and contributions to development on the continent of Africa. He was most notably known for leading the anticolonialism movement in Nigeria which led to Nigeria gaining her independence from the British in 1960. The character Ziik stands for liberation and he comes to embody this in the Dawn of the Patriot series. One of the primary philosophies which Dr. Azikiwe stood for saw no divide between humans based on tribe or ethnicity. I also share in this philosophy hence the name, “Ziik.” As trivial as it may sound, choosing a hero character for Africa is inevitably plagued with the question of what tribe the main protagonist would belong to. Considering there are several different tribes, the decision to pick one tribe over another may contribute to the separatist ideology currently plaguing the continent. Although Dr Azikiwe belonged to the Igbo tribe his name was selected because of the philosophy of non-separatism which he embodied. The main protagonist of a superhero story in Africa should be a representation of the collective and not any one particular group. Dr. Azikiwe would concur.
Another interesting thing about the main protagonist, Ziik is that he is male. A male character allows for a more dynamic and aggressive story to be told; in essence, a more action-packed story. Male characters have also been at the forefront of Africa’s triumphs through the ages thus allowing a male character dawn the suit of hero more readily than a female could. Nonetheless, the Dawn of the Patriot series boasts some very dynamic and engaging female characters. The lead female character strives to become the first female president of Nigeria, and she is involved in much problem-solving in the story.
Yet another interesting aspect of Ziik is that he loses his older brother, Victor to the world of crime. Prior to losing his only brother to crime, Ziik was the happy-go-lucky type – a teenager largely naïve about the world. Though he was well aware of the dangers on the continent, Ziik for the most part lived in his own world sheltered from all the raucus. The loss of his brother thrust him out of that narrow bubble of reality and immersed him into a much broader world he had only been a bystander to – the world of crime. Now Ziik must become a detective of sorts, investigating the details surrounding his brother’s death and the larger schemes at play, which his brother was researching. This sets the main plot of the Dawn of the Patriot story. The veil which covered Ziik’s naïve eyes was lifted by the death of a loved one.
Fourth on the list of interesting things about the main protagonist would have to be that he is not alone. Superhero stories often have the lead character be this superman character capable of taking on the world all by himself but Ziik is just a teenager. What does the average teenager know about investigating a murder? Not much I would guess but Ziik comes to fill this role with the help of Awo, his best friend and Simi, Awo’s sister and ultimately Ziik’s love interest. Awo makes him crude gadgets while Simi keeps everyone within the boundaries of good taste. Ziik is nonetheless the one who puts himself and often finds himself in precarious situations as the hero. Together they will embark on this journey of self-revelation and coming to stand for more than oneself.
Last on the list is Ziik’s parkour. Ever since he was a young child, Ziik took on an interest in free running. This adds to his dynamism as a hero character. It also helps to reveal his street smarts which will come in handy as he solves the puzzle behind his brother’s murder. The Dawn of the patriot story showcases some of his parkour but a true appreciation of it would best be captured when a movie is made about the story. If you are unfamiliar with free running, Youtube has clips.
As a first-time author Okimi Peters is new to writing books but he is not new to the world of writing. He has written scientific papers for reputable journals. His proclivity for writing began during his studies at McGill University where he pursued a Master of Applied Science degree. He wrote several papers and articles as a prerequisite to the attainment of his degree and this instilled in him a strong sense of writing. Okimi would go on to pursue a Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Toronto as an international student. It is here that he began his first book project, Dawn of the Patriot. This project sparked the birth of the Movie-in-a-book penchant; an initiative that saw Okimi writing his books for big screen adaptation.
Okimi has since shifted gears from the scientific world into the world of business and currently works as the Executive Director of a telecommunications company called Alpha Technologies Limited. In his own words, “Africa could use more business solutions in transforming her from a third world to a more developed region.”
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