Bullied by his father for not being as smart as—or qualifying to enter the prestigious Nigerian Defence Academy like—his elder brother, Assim hopes for an escape, which he gets when he is accepted into the University of Maiduguri. There, he discovers Muhammad Yusuf’s gathering. Isa is disillusioned by his lack of fulfilment in the Army when he is informed that his only brother has been killed by Boko Haram insurgents. He vows to avenge his death and goes to the war front to fight the extremist sect.
Camsi’s dreams of freedom from extreme poverty through education are cut short when she is abducted by insurgents while sneaking out of her boarding school to meet her childhood sweetheart. When the three paths cross in unexpected life-defining circumstances, they are forced to confront the choices and actions that led them there and question their power over these choices.
The Paths That Take Us explores the root of insurgency in Nigeria and the damage it has caused society while unveiling the average Nigerian child’s struggle to make their own choices—when they cannot earn the support of their parents—in pursuit of their purpose in life.