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JAMB Introduces A New Book For 2017 UTME Candidates – “In Dependence”

According to the information on the official
publication announced the registration
details and process for 2017 UTME, a new
book: “In Dependence” by Sarah Ladipo
Manyika, has been introduced for
candidates sitting for 2017 UTME.
Irrespective of your course of study or
method of testing, you will be tested on this

A Little About The Book: “In Dependence”
The book is written by a Nigerian named
in Ibadan (South West Nigeria) in the late

“In Dependence” tells the story of Tayo
Ajayi, a Nigerian man who gets a
scholarship to study at Oxford in the 1960s,
and Vanessa Richardson, the daughter of
an ex-colonial officer. Tayo meets and falls
in love with Vanessa Richardson, a British
colonial officer’s daughter. And they
negotiate their relationship against a
background of race and racism. While it is
a story of their love which spans from 1963
to 1998, it’s way more than that.
It’s also a story about Nigeria, its
independence and the changes that occur
in the country post-independence – the
Biafran war, the first coup and the
numerous countercoups, military
dictatorships, the brief return to civilian
rule, exile of Nigerians, and towards the
end of the book the eventual return to

There are also issues of race, racism and
cultural differences.

It is no longer news that 2017 UTME candidates will be
tested on the book “In Dependence” by Sarah Ladipo
Irrespective of your course of study or method of
testing, you will be tested on this book.
The book is to be given to candidates after paying for
the 2017 UTME registration.
However, for most candidates who would prefer a soft
copy of the book. Here is a summary of the book based


Tayo Ajayi, a Nigerian, and Vanessa Richardson, an
English lady, had their affair boiling when it began,
however as circumstances have been meant to
intervene, the connection went sore and it appeared
nothing may ever carry them collectively.
The book (In dependence) has characters that behaved
in like-patterns, like within the case of Tayo’s pal,
Yusuf, who had dated tons of white English women.
He (Yusuf) ended up marrying a Nigerian Lady as
predicted (Yusuf knew what he needed and appeared to
get it).

Tayo additionally ended up the identical method in as a
lot as his affair with Vanessa Richardson had been
gleaming, though he had been out of the error of
getting a younger lady (Miriam) pregnant.
And speaking of sample, the novel’s (In dependence)
starting had opened up introducing Tayo’s affair with
Christine, a Nigerian Igbo woman. One would suppose
that Manyika needed to finish Tayo’s relationship with
Christine for the sake of bringing in Vanessa into
Tayo’s life, however nonetheless, Tayo needed to find
yourself marrying Miriam. And nonetheless the
wedding failed, giving in to the acquainted sample.
Miriam in Manyika’s novel (In dependence) represented
the breeds of the Nigerians that may all the time run
away to reside overseas because of the collapsing
picture of their dwelling nation.

Miriam went away together with her daughter leaving
Tayo behind. In as a lot as she persuaded Tayo, he
wouldn’t go. She didn’t like an inconveniencing life.
She needed the perfect life for her daughter.
Tayo, on the opposite facet represented the crude
breeds of Nigerians that felt dwelling was dwelling
despite the fact that the nation was boiling in
corruption. In as a lot because the failure of the nation
stared firmly at his face with daggers, he selected to
In direction of the late pages of the novel he needed to
depart the nation underneath threatening
circumstances towards his life from the ruling navy

The complete novel is informed from the great days of
Nigeria’s independence down into the nineties. I
applaud Manyika’s ink, right here. In as a lot because
the setting of this novel floated by way of England,
Senegal, USA, and France, she was ready to make use
of her third eye to attract out Nigeria’s journey into the
more serious lanes of corruption, and hopelessness.
Religion is one other situation that Manyika (In
dependence) handled. It didn’t matter to her if one was
a Muslim or Christian.

Studying by way of this novel, one couldn’t inform if
Tayo got here from a Muslim or Christian household
however we did know he embraced extra of the
Christian religion. She didn’t level out the difficulties
of inter-religious marriages within the novel (In
dependence), however centred extra on the difficulties
of interracial marriage.

Throughout Tayo’s life as an element time lecturer in
Sans Francisco, the creator used a scene to unbolt
some deeper points of racism.
She identified the racist ties between the African
American and the pure African. These points she raised
apply in all places even inside Nigerians.

A Yoruba would check with an Igbo as a grasping cash
monger and doubtful monster, and in flip the Igbo
would check with the Yoruba as a unclean, loquacious
and silly character who spend all he earns on events
and alcohol. It needed to be understood that racism
was one these existences that may reside for a very
long time so far as misunderstanding between folks

I captured traces which are coated with humour on this
novel, however might be referred to as racial remarks.
Younger black Yusuf got here clear in his dialog with
Tayo. He mentioned white ladies have been for
intercourse treats whereas black ladies have been for
respectable relationships that would result in marriage.
He added white lady regarded so previous when she
turned thirty.

The worst racist on this e-book (In dependence) is
Vanessa’s father who was a one time colonial grasp in
Nigeria earlier the 1960

He was towards Tayo marrying his daughter, and had
refused to just accept Vanessa’s adopted half-cast
son. He appeared extra racial towards half-casts earlier
within the novel (In dependence) confronting Tayo
about his fears for a half-cast grandchild. It was later
understood that his hatred for the blacks was
consequently of an affair his spouse had with a black
man through the colonial period.

Manyika, whose image reveals she is probably half-
cast, was capable of make a degree right here. She
drew a distinction between being black and being a
half-cast (brown). This could have been fairly a storm
for her to jot down about as a result of of the racial
wind towards the brown folks residing in whitely
dominated areas. In distinction to a pure black nation,
half-casts are seen lovely which Manyika didn’t level
out. In reality within the black continent, the standard
black man could really feel inferior to a half-cast.
Manyika was additionally capable of painting the
polemic assault Nigerians obtain from all over the
world nowadays. She didn’t carry this to print however
the picture was represented, and I needed to determine
it out. I can say it clouds across the ache felt every
time an IELTS or TOEFL examination is required earlier
than a Nigerian may research overseas. This doesn’t
exclude a masters’ diploma. Does the world suppose
Nigerians converse Latin or Greek or some sort of
language referred to as ‘Nigerian’?
‘I said I haven’t heard you converse Nigerian,’ Joyce

Joyce is one of Manyika’s English characters. And I like
the way in which Yusuf replies this. ‘Nobody speaks
Nigerian, you daft thing,’.
A coincidence on this novel which I refuse to just
accept was the scene during which Vanessa had simply
come throughout one of her finest music, Hugh
Maskela, a music that reminded her of Nelson Mandela
and on the same day, not even up to two hours if I
could rightly predict, her white husband is presenting
her with ‘Long Walk to Freedom’, Nelson Mandela’s
What a coincidence! I additionally don’t embrace the
truth that Manyika noticed hope for Nigeria by way of
the eyes of Tayo solely when Abacha died. There are
nonetheless Abacha loyalists in Nigeria as we speak
who will discover this offending. She ought to have
saved the road in a
Vanessa did meet with Tayo on the finish of the novel,
nevertheless it was laborious to foretell if in any
respect a love relationship was ignited between them.
Vanessa was nonetheless married, however Tayo
wasn’t. Manyika maintained a non-adulterous plight
between the 2 right here. The happy-ending-formula
which most romance writers adapt was by some means
blurring within the novel.

Posted by on March 27, 2017.

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