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Moriamo Onabanjo

Moriamo Onabanjo

Moriamo Onabanjo was born in Plainfield New Jersey. The entire family moved to Nigeria where she spent the next 30 years. She studied Architecture and became an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife. She obtained her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Creative Writing for entertainment from the Full Sail University.
Moriamo Onabanjo’s love for mystery and history has led her to write her first novel. She lives in Las Vegas where she spends time taking pictures of Las Vegas architecture.

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The Missing Link

Mystery in the ancient city of Ile-Ife.

An archivist must find the link between a missing manuscript, and a lost relic before an ancient town witnesses a coronation gone wrong.

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Mystery Historical fiction
Las Vegas, Nevada
45,000 words
75% complete
3 publishers interested

Synopsis


Synopsis
At the heart of the ancient town of Ile-Ife, in a grotto, is an ancient relic. Its origin is said to date back to the town's inception. Worshiped as a god, the artifact was buried centuries ago on the grounds of the Oba’s (king) palace. The current Oba (King) by his oracle instructs that the relic be exhumed and then he dies. To their surprise they find it missing. A hunt for the missing artifact begins and it’s a race against time, for without it the new Oba cannot be crowned. Similarly in the Obafemi Awolowo University the town’s only college and Africa’s most beautiful campus, a famous manuscript on Yoruba History, missing for a century suddenly appears in its library. What links both events? Renowned archivist Professor Folashade Benson has the onerous task of connecting both events before the ancient town for the first time in its history goes without an Oba (King).

Background
This book is based on my personal experience. I lived in Ile-Ife, most specifically the Obafemi Awolowo University for over thirty years. The ancient town of Ile-Ife, Nigeria is said to be the cradle of the Yoruba civilization. The Yorubas (of which I am one) is one of the three main ethnic groups in Nigeria. They can also be found in the Republic of Benin, the nation next to Nigeria.

Over the years my father describes the story of his great grandmother, an Ile-Ife princess, who escapes slave raiders invading the land of Ile- Ife over a century ago. She flees her homeland and settles in another town far from Ile-Ife. This story has intrigued me for years and I have used this in my book as well as my experience in Ile-Ife.

The renowned Historian Reverend Samuel Johnson wrote a book on Yoruba History in the nineteenth century; however, his manuscript was misplaced while on its way to the publishers. His brother after his death completed the book. The first manuscript till this day cannot be found.  

My book revolves around these historical themes to create an interesting story.

Outline


 Introduction:    Historical Context
Chapter 1:    Prologue
Chapter 2:     Professor Folashade Benson arrives at Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife.
Chapter 3:   Professor Folashade Benson and her childhood friend Tolade Adedeji reminiscence. 
Chapter 4:     Elizabeth Adedoyin Benson- Chief Librarian and mother of Professor Folashade Benson- and the missing manuscript
Chapter 5:      The Obafemi Awolowo University Library is burgled.
Chapter 6:      Elizabeth Adedoyin is informed of the burglary
Chapter 7:      Folashade and Tolade discover the burglar
Chapter 8:     Folashade and Tolade discover the manuscript from the burglar
Chapter 9:      The Ooni (King) of Ile-Ife is visited by the members of the Ifa cult.
Chapter 10:    Folashade confronts her mother to retrieve the missing manuscript
Chapter 11:     The Ooni (King) decides to abide with the request of the Ifa cult members
Chapter 12:    The Ooni (King) dies and the ancient relic is missing
Chapter 13:    The committee meet to reelect a new Ooni (King).
Chapter 14:    Folashade and Tolade retrieve the manuscript.
Chapter 15:   A search for the missing relic and an eye witness tale of what happened.
Chapter 16:  Folashade and Tolade hire the services of Josh Miavepar David to decode the manuscript.
Chapter 17: Josh Miavepar David alias JM arrives in Lagos, Nigeria
Chapter 18:  JM and Folashade Quarrel.
Chapter 19:   An inner caucus in the Ifa cult
Chapter 20:  Chief Fadeyi the leader of the Ifa Cult discovers the inner circle and is furious
Chapter 21:   JM and Folashade resolve their differences and forge ahead with decoding the manuscript.
Chapter 22:   Decoding the manuscript.  Morenike, Folashade's great great grandmother is sending a message from the grave.
Chapter 23:    JM camouflages as a researcher of the Ifa cult and meets with Chief Fadeyi                                                                                           

Audience


The readers of "The missing Link"
age group : 30 -50

Location of the book: The book is located in Ile-Ife, Nigeria, West-Africa

Audience: For Male and Female who love historical fiction.

Income Level:  Middle Income to High Income

Education: College educated

Marital Status: Married, Divorced, Widowed, Seperated

Occupation: Academicians, Researchers, Professionals

Ethnic background: African, African-American, Caucasian

Residence of Readers: United States of America Cities

This book is a religious conspiracy thriller. Those interested in books like these are used to exotic settings  and stories with twists and turns. A book in this sub-genre would pique their interest especially since its based in the African continent. Something that is a rarity. 

Author


Moriamo Onabanjo is passionate about writing Historical Dramas and Architectural History. Born in Plainfield, New Jersey but raised in Nigeria, she obtained her Masters Degree in Architecture at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria where she taught the history of architecture for three years.

Moriamo's return to the United States inspired her to change career paths and pursue her love of writing. She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing for Entertainment at the Full Sail University where she studied a variety of writing mediums and genres. Fueled by her love of research and historical dramas, Moriamo published her first short novel, "Intervention", on Smash-words, her first children's book, "The Land of the Ostrich" on Amazon and “Prince Ekaladerhan,” an article for One Million Stories magazine.

She is busy writing a historical drama based on Zadok, the Jewish high priest, whose life drama unfolds in a two-part saga spanning several decades. Moriamo is also an expert on architecture and writes articles about the unique buildings found in Las Vegas, where she currently resides.

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Current Platforms
Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Whatsapp, Hangout

Blogging:  
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Author website: 
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Create a presence in Goodreads and LibraryThing.

Print a ton of business cards featuring the book cover, my website and email address.

Create a personal author website where I can sell my books.

Create a Facebook profile of my protagonist, Professor Folashade Benson.

Create a Twitter profile for Professor Folashade Benson.

Selling to retail outlets

Sell to non retail outlets such as Libraries, book clubs

Sell on Amazon.com

By the end of the year I want to have sold over five hundred copies of my book.

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[2]: http://toksbola.wix.com/moriamoabolanleo

Competition


1. The D'avinci Code:  A murder in Paris' Louvre Museum and cryptic clues involving  Leonardo da Vinci's famous paintings. 

2. Angels and Demons: An ancient brotherhood known as the Illuminati and the Roman  Vatican, 

3. Lost Symbol: Masonic secrets, hidden history,  hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, D.C., 

4. Sphinx: Alexandria, Egypt, 1977. A mysterious ancient device and a dangerous world of conspiracy and Egyptology.

5. The Gaudi Key:  A sacred relic to a prominent member of an order, and a desperate mission.

These books written by famous authors have taken historical facts and created an interesting read. My book has done the same thing with a twist. First of all it is based in Africa where little is known, secondly this is a place I have lived all my life and the history is from personal experience.

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  • Update #14 - Books Feb. 27, 2018

    Hello All

    Thank you so much for your patience. I will be sending you your books next week. Please let me know if your adressess ...


  • Update #13 - The Missing Link Nov. 7, 2017

    The long awaited book has finally arrived. I am pleased to announce that “The Missing Link “ is now on Amazon. I have sent the ebook ...


  • Update #12 - Thank you June 1, 2016

    I would like to thank Mr and Mrs Lolade Iheanacho for pre-ordering a copy of my new book. Thank you


  • Update #11 - Thank you June 1, 2016

    I would like to thank Mr and Mrs Oladele Lukman for pre-ordering a copy of my new book. Thank you


  • Update #10 - Update title June 1, 2016

    I would like to thank Ms Martine Mulamba for pre-ordering a copy of my new book. Thank you


  • Update #9 - Thank you June 1, 2016

    I would like to thank Ms Kebra Mckenzie for pre-ordering a copy of my new book. Thank you


  • Update #8 - Thank You May 23, 2016

    I would like to thank Pastor Ralph Enow for pre-ordering my new book . Thank you


  • Update #7 - Thank you May 22, 2016

    Thank you Mrs Abosede Olisa for pre-ordering my new book.


  • Update #6 - Thank you May 18, 2016

    I would like to thank Abosede Esho for pre-ordering a copy of my new book. Thank you so much


  • Update #5 - Thank you May 4, 2016

    Thank you Mrs. Kelly Oparanaku, Mrs. Adanna Ndulaka and Ms. Ogonna Ifeanyi for taking the time to pre-order my new book. I really, really appreciate it ...


  • Update #4 - Thank you May 2, 2016

    Thank you Ms. Roselin Jones for pre-ordering my book. Thank you so much.😀 


  • Update #3 - Thank you May 2, 2016

    Thank you Dr. BukkySanni-Alebiosu and Dr. Olugboyega Alebiosu for pre-ordering my book.  Thank you


  • Update #2 - Sale April 26, 2016

    Thank you Adeyinka Adeola-Hazzan for taking the time to pre-order my new book. The Lord bless and increase you. Amen


  • Update #1 - First Sale April 26, 2016

    Pre-order "The Missing Link" Book Campaign - First Sale

    I would like to say thank you to Pastor Rosemary Usim for taking the time to Pre-order ...


  • Roselin Jones on April 30, 2016, 6:10 p.m.

    You are very welcome Ms Mo, miss u at avta, but hope u have all the success on your book

  • KELLY OPARANAKU on May 2, 2016, 2:11 p.m.

    This is an interesting book to read. Thanks for writing it.

  • OGONNA IFEANYI on May 4, 2016, 5:43 a.m.

    I am so proud of you. And the Lord will continue to elevate you more and more each day. There is more publishing to come! Can't wait to receive my copy.

  • Moriamo Onabanjo on May 6, 2016, 7:32 p.m.

    Thank you Ms Roselin Jones. I will
    Thank you Ms Kelly Opraranaku
    Thank Sis O.G.

  • Raphel Enow on May 22, 2016, 10:39 p.m.

    amen

  • KM McKenzie on May 28, 2016, 5:42 p.m.

    Hey, I supported your campaign. Sounds interesting. Hope I can count on your support in return.

  • Martine Mulamba on May 28, 2016, 11:57 p.m.

    Thank you writing the book... May God continues to give you more inspiration.

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