With the publication of Reincarnated Commodity to complete a trilogy, filmmaker and writer-director, Raymond Ladebo, has joined the conversation on global human trafficking which, most often, ends in sex trafficking. While his African perspective is fresh, it complements the works of Liam Neeson in the movie Taken [Blu-ray] and the quasi-documentary miniseries on Human Trafficking. Ladebo weaves his knowledge of an abiding Yoruba belief in reincarnation into his story by imbuing one of his main characters, Ivie, with extraordinary powers which she derived from being an Abiku. I had earlier reviewed a book, The Famished Road, by Ben Okri, which similarly had an Abiku as its central character. Ladebo painstakingly developed his story with an intricate characterization of the cultural environment into which Ivie was born in the historical city of Benin in Nigeria as well as the infamous (original slave trade post) historical town of Badagry. Ivie was finally "reborn" with the congenital disease of sickle cell which would have significant implications as the story unfolds. Meanwhile, some readers may have to suspend disbelief to imagine a child born with one gold earring. One needs to read this book to discover how the author unites the Abiku phenomenon with modern slavery.
The author does not disguise his righteous indignation at the seeming indifference, shown by African authorities in particular, to the rebirth of the slave trade. With a globe-trotting sweep by its characters, his book succeeds in drawing awareness to the horrors of modern slavery and combating forced migrant labor as well as virtual sex trafficking through the Internet, particularly the exploitation of children, as researched and related by writers such as Manuel Barcia of the University of Leeds. If you like this book, I recommend that you read the other two in the trilogy, FLIGHT OF LIFE: phenomenon that refuses to die, and JOURNEY OF HOPE OR DESTINY -Phenomenon that refuses to die.