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Chapter One

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pp. 1-5

"Have a seat,” I declared politely after my visitor from Ireland was ushered into my office and I shook hands with . . .

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Chapter Two

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pp. 6-11

Along, long time ago, even before my country, Mungo, came to be administered as a colony of the Europeans, in the northern . . .

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Chapter three

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pp. 12-16

Caught up in this sad situation, which was not of her making and which she knew nothing about, it was natural that Yaa`s childhood . . .

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Chapter Four

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pp. 17-23

Yaa soon turned ten. In the light of her age, she was forced to abandon the rather rich but boring chore of supplying water to her . . .

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Chapter Five

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pp. 24-29

The eve of the day the entire village had been waiting for finally arrived. While people braced themselves for the event, those . . .

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Chapter Six

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pp. 30-35

By now, the wrestlers were all geared up and kept their ears opened for the names which would soon be announced by the master . . .

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Chapter Seven

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pp. 36-39

The wrestling was over. Even though the induction event had not come to an end, many villagers were already walking away . . .

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Chapter Eight

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pp. 40-44

There was no more excuse to deny her a land grant. The Tabih cut out a large, fertile piece of land along an old river valley as her . . .

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Chapter Nine

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pp. 45-49

It was not very long after Chacha had died. The villagers started to notice some very weird patterns of behavior in Yaa. It started slowly . . .

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Chapter Ten

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pp. 50-56

Old Bangsiboh got up early that morning. At night, on that day, he had a dream in which he saw a leopard hanging from a . . .

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Chapter Eleven

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pp. 57-64

Tabongwa sat on a rock under a baobab tree not far from his compound. Even though the base of this plant was very broad and . . .

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Chapter Twelve

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pp. 65-76

Darkness had just begun to gather. Tabongwa had finished the day’s work and was about to prepare his dinner. He popped some . . .

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Chapter Thirteen

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pp. 77-83

When the last word of the incantation had been uttered, Tabongwa held the palm bearing the ashes to his mouth and asked . . .

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Chapter Fourteen

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pp. 84-88

It must have been around the year 1884. European statesmen were poised to meet in Berlin, the capital of Germany. Long before they . . .

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Chapter Fifteen

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pp. 89-93

It was more than a year since Sangbong and Ndah first met at the marketplace. Not very long after the meeting, the communities from . . .

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Chapter Sixteen

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pp. 94-96

The people looked very hungry and destitute. They had come across beautiful flat land where they had hoped to establish their . . .

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Chapter Seventeen

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pp. 97-101

Good news in Ireland has often meant good news for humanity. This became evident on a cold Friday afternoon way back . . .

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Chapter Eighteen

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pp. 102-103

Sangbong wasted no time after Yakiri had been established. Within the span of half a decade, he moved quickly and created five . . .

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Chapter Nineteen

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pp. 104-110

It was in 1940. Bernard Nso was then a student at Oxford. Yakiri was already more than half a century old. Ireland was bracing itself . . .

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Chapter Twenty

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pp. 111-114

As they drifted progressively towards the tropics, the hotter it became. Fr Sean could feel sweat streaming down his whole body. He had . . .

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Chapter Twenty One

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pp. 115-123

The hotel was situated just next to a botanical garden. The garden was very green and made up of different types of tropical plants . . .

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Chapter Twenty Two

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pp. 124-128

It was evening when they finally got to Abakwa. The priest was taken to Ayaba where the biggest mission in the region had just been . . .

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Chapter Twenty Three

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pp. 129-133

Back in Yakiri, the messenger dispatched to announce the arrival of the Irishman was received to a tumultuous welcome . . .

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Chapter Twenty Four

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pp. 134-138

It was still not dark when the priest arrived at his house. It was a three-room house, with two sleeping rooms and a vast sitting room. It was . . .

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Chapter Twenty Five

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pp. 139-147

The good instinct of prevention is better than cure having had the better of the priest, he decided to lock his door. Still, he could . . .

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Chapter Twenty Six

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pp. 148-151

The priest had planned to hold a meeting with the villagers at the church in the late afternoon and it was getting to time. He had seen . . .

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Chapter Twenty Seven

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pp. 152-156

Two days later, the emissary arrived with the whisk. Their journey to Kimbo was set for the following day and was to comprise Fr Sean, Tela . . .

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Chapter Twenty Eight

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pp. 157-159

It was late in the afternoon when they left for Yakiri. They arrived around dusk when the chickens were coming back to roost. Tela used . . .

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Chapter Twenty Nine

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pp. 160-175

Fr Sean recalled all that Bernard Nso had told him before he set out for Africa. How could he forget the useful tips which had already . . .

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Chapter Thirty

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pp. 176-182

After spending some years in the small African village, the Irishman was perfectly at home. At least, this was what he thought. He was . . .

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Chapter Thirty One

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pp. 183-185

Nkar sat on a hill on the main road from Yakiri to Kimbo. From this imperious position, it overlooked Yakiri. Its first . . .

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Chapter Thirty Two

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pp. 186-190

About twenty years had elapsed since the priest arrived in Yakiri. It was evening and Tafon was standing in his compound, concentrating . . .

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Chapter Thirty Three

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pp. 191-201

Tafon raised his head and saw the giant figure of Mbinkar, the sub-chief of Nkar, framed by the door.
“Let God and the ancestors guide your steps Mbinkar,” he greeted . . .

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Chapter Thirty Four

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pp. 202-205

Fai, who started to doze off after the meal, was now snoring. His sleepy body was at war with gravity as he struggled to keep it . . .

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Chapter Thirty Five

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pp. 206-214

After his trip, Mbinkar had every reason to celebrate. From his discussion with Tafon, he was convinced that his family’s notoriety . . .

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Chapter Thirty Six

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pp. 215-227

Owing to the tragic circumstances which surrounded my birth, I was compelled to grow under the care of my grandparents. The death . . .

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Chapter Thirty Seven

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pp. 228-235

After my grand mother had applied some ointment to soothe my bruises and had tried to calm me down, I sat back and reflected on what . . .

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Chapter Thirty Eight

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pp. 236-238

The year came to an end. My relationship with Forche was going from strength to strength, even in the midst of all the gossip. To make . . .

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Chapter Thirty Nine

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pp. 239-248

If by our becoming involved in joint activities, Forche and I had started to dream of romance of some sort, a jarring note occurred which . . .

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Chapter Fourty

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pp. 249-253

During the holidays, I received a letter requesting me to appear at St Augustine’s College for the interview which would determine . . .

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Chapter Fourty One

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pp. 254-260

It was around 3.30pm when the car of Fr Sean screeched to a halt in front of the main building. There, I noticed another kind of rivalry . . .

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Chapter Fourty Two

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pp. 261-278

With Achini and his friends gone, I opened my box and took out some sheets and a blanket and proceeded to make up . . .

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Chapter Fourty Three

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pp. 279-281

In the course of that year, a girl dismissed for bad conduct from Our Lady of Lourdes College in Abakwa washed up in SAC with her fat . . .

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Chapter Fourty Four

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pp. 282-285

At his small but sumptuously decorated and furnished house in Azire, a neighborhood in Abakwa, it was getting to 9am when Mr. Arata was . . .

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Chapter Fourty Five

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pp. 286-293

Father Nielen was at his office in the afternoon when there was a knock on the door and a gnarled old man walked in. He pulled a chair . . .

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Chapter Fourty Six

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pp. 294-297

The final college results were out. The names of those who had succeeded were already posted at the college campus. The successful . . .

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Chapter Fourty Seven

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pp. 298-303

Arguments on whether it was proper or not to send me to the university began to spread in the village. These discussions soon . . .

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Chapter Fourty Eight

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pp. 304-315

The men carried on with their drinking and debate. Some eavesdroppers picked up the most damning elements of their discussions . . .

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Chapter Fourty Nine

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pp. 316-327

Like the news of my success in the examination, the one that I would enroll at the university took my village by storm. Almost everyone . . .

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