The latest addition to my website is Cyprian Ekwensi’s Burning Grass, a well- written and lively novel about a Fulani family in Nigeria. Burning Grass was first published in and like a lot of novels by Cyprian Ekwensi, the plot takes place in the northern part of Nigeria. This is. Cyprian Ekwensi’ Burning Grass is a story about the life of Fulani herdsmen narrated through Mai Sunsaye. Mai Sunsaye is a leader of his.

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Cyprian Ekwensi: Burning Grass

Cyprian Ekwensi Find more information about: The patriarch, Mai, is afflicted with the wandering sickness, which means that, without warning burninng being able to stop himself, he suddenly disappears, wandering about, often chasing a bird. Please re-enter recipient e-mail address es.

He lectured in pharmacy at Lagos and was employed as a pharmacist by the Nigerian Medical Corporation. But when love sick Rikku and Fatimeh reunites as Mai Sunsaye had hoped for, things were different as even love can wander away. Under the sway of this wanderlust -inspiring spell, Mai Sunsaye is launched into several adventures, in the course of which he crosses path with Jalla, his oldest son, and other characters, including Baba, an old man he meets in the deserted village of Old Chanka which was evacuated by the British authorities, and its inhabitants relocated to New Chanka, due to an outbreak of the tse-tse flythe vector of the sleeping sicknessand a herds-woman known as Ligu, “the champion cattle-herder”.

Meanwhile, his youngest and favourite son, Rikku, learns to grow up as he deals with tax collectors, a cattle stampede and being kidnapped by a woman who claims to love him. First, Rikku, Mai Sunsaye’s youngest son seems to have fallen in love with Fatimeh who is much older than him. Finding libraries that hold this item Cyprian Ekwensi September 26, —November 4, was a Nigerian writer who stressed description of the locale and whose episodic style was particularly well suited to the short story.


This is the third novel in our series on works by Cyprian Ekwensi.

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Mar 22, Nana Fredua-Agyeman rated it it was ok Shelves: Nana Fredua-Agyeman 20 April cyprixn Reading this book, I could hear the footsteps of Fulani boy taking that trek that will prove him a man. There is no irritating and oppressive representative of white money and culture, the coming of age elements are played down, the juju is integrated quite naturally ekwensj without shame and everything moves.

Many of the details he gives of the Fulani herdsmen, serves to understand their socio-economic pattern, and why town dwellers and the nomads continue have conflicting relationships. Sep 05, Amadak Ubeng rated it it was amazing. The Neighborhood the Story within the Story. I Was quite impressed with the representation of Fulani culture. Nonetheless-he is a remarkable story teller-and he knows how to go about dialogues.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. A Fulani girl a slave of the fearful man Shehu was being chased by a man with whips. Jagua Nana has been touted as Ekwensi’s best. As soon as Sunsaye reaches one sought-after person, he departs in search of another.

At the time I thought this was something from a Chinua Achebe story. This story portrays the life, struggles, and travails of cattle herdsmen and their aversion towards city life and its sedentariness.

Burning grass; a story of the Fulani of Northern Nigeria. (Book, ) []

An uns This tale, in all of its beautiful simplicity holds your interest, and effortlessly takes you on a journey through the life of Fulani Cattlemen of Northern Nigeria. Similar Items Related Subjects: However, it was Hodio who eloped with her.

Notify me of new posts by email. Ekwensi began his writing career as a pamphleteer, and this perhaps explains the episodic nature of his novels. burningg


We love simple life which makes men free and brave and gives women a strong position. Where can one get a soft copy of this book? Books by Cyprian Ekwensi. Mai Sunsaye is a leader of his people and a medicine man, a man who knows how to treat people. I have faith I will prevail one bruning though ; Thanks for this review! I burnibg no idea. Recent Posts Travel Destination: One of my favourite books of all time.

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This website uses cookies to improve your experience. At New Chanka, Shehu’s men had attacked Hodio and he had defended himself but could do nothing to the re-taking of Fatimeh as a slave.

Sokugo Magic causes men to wander off deserting their families and leaving their previous lives behind. In the course of his journey, Mai Sunsaye opened a window for readers to view the nomadic life of the Fulani. Reviews User-contributed reviews Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Though language may serve as an impediment, there is also the lose of grazing areas which may make it impossible for nomad children to negotiate herding and schooling within the same space. Please create a cyprisn list with a new name; move some items to a new or existing list; or delete some items.

And before religion and politics were infused into the occupation turning a peaceful vocation to a dreadful and warring sects with a motive to kill and to occupy territories for themselves. English View all editions and formats.