It is no longer news that 2017 UTME candidates
will be tested on the book “In Dependence” by
Sarah Ladipo Manyika.
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 on a review by IDOKO OJABO.
SUMMARY OF THE BOOK “IN DEPENDENCE”
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
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
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)
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
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
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 remain.
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 regime.
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
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
The worst racist on this e-book (In dependence)
is Vanessa’s father who was a one time colonial
grasp in Nigeria earlier than 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 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 biography.
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.
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It is no longer news that 2017 UTME candidates