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ULR Feature: Rise by D. U. Okonkwo

A young artist paralyzed by past rejection
A life shackled by lies
A truth waiting to be discovered

In this thought-provoking debut, author D. U. Okonkwo weaves an emotionally intense tale of one young artist’s journey to overcome past rejection and discover the true source of self-esteem.


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At age eleven, Ria Ofor was caught in a fire that left her facially-scarred. Devastated by the apparent rejection by her father, Ria, now twenty-seven, is a gifted sculptress but lives a semi reclusive life. Avoiding art galleries and their consequent publicity, she sells her artwork online, scraping a living through online sales. But when she’s hit with a repossession notice on her home, it rocks the shaky foundations she’s been living on.

On borrowed time, Ria knows she must land a gallery contract in order to survive. That means stepping out of her comfort zone and coming face to face with what she’s spent the last sixteen years trying to avoid: rejection.But competition for lucrative gallery contracts is cut-throat, and Ria soon discovers that some artists will stop at nothing to keep the spoils of London’s glittering art world for themselves.Torn between the events of her past and the lies threatening to also destroy her future, Ria makes a decision that changes her life forever.

Provocative and inspirational, RISE is a story of scars, courage and enlightenment. It is also the story of a young woman forced to search inside herself to discover a truth that conquers all lies.

About the Author

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D. U. Okonkwo was born and raised in London, United kingdom. She writes contemporary fiction with strong spiritual (not religious but spiritual) elements.

An avid reader from childhood, she began writing her own stories at the age of ten. She holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Business with Spanish from Salford University.

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