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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It is the only book I’ve read about the ways of the nomadic Fulani and their interesting customs, beliefs and prejudices alone make this a worthwhile read. Wonderful Cinema Short reviews on high quality films. 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.

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Cyprian Ekwensi: Burning Grass

Heinemann captured the market with the AWS and because they have the widest distribution network they were able to publish more authors. This is an enthralling tale of Northern Nigeria where, when the grass is burnt on the plains, the Fulani cattlemen move southwards towards ekwsnsi banks of the Niger.

This is an author I long to read eventually, but his works have proven more difficult for me to track down.

He taught at Igbobi College. Under the sway of this wanderlust -inspiring spell, Mai Sunsaye is launched into several adventures, in the burniing 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”.


Reading this book, I could hear the footsteps of Fulani boy taking that trek that will prove him a man.

Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item Burning Grass Mai Sunsaye and his sons made me understand a little bit about the lives of the fulani herdsmen.

Burning Grass by Cyprian Ekwensi

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. The gender balance in this book is commendable. I have faith I will prevail one day though ; Thanks for this review!

Aug 17, Toluwa Abudiore rated it it was amazing. The specific requirements or preferences of your reviewing publisher, classroom teacher, institution or organization should be applied. For all the years he has lived with his most cherished identity as a Fulani, Mai Sunsaye can tell from nature when it is was time to move South or North.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Mai Sunsaye, the hero of the story, is afflicted with the sokugo, wandering sickness. This story portrays the life, struggles, and travails of cattle herdsmen and their aversion towards city life and its sedentariness. London, Heinemann [] Series: She wore only white, traveled with a lion, owned a herd of cattle and journeyed only in the evenings.

Lovely review, I especially like the quote you’ve selected about sokugo’s enchanting magic. Pieces of Development All things international development from a young african’s perspective. Similar Items Related Subjects: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Robert rated it it was amazing Feb 13, February Learn how and when to remove this template message.


However, formatting rules can vary widely between applications and fields of interest or study. Published July 18th by Heinemann Cypiran Books first published 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.

Burning grass; a story of the Fulani of Northern Nigeria.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. Mai Sunsaye is the chief of his Grasx cattle herding settlement called Dokan Toro. 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 and without shame and everything moves.

Despite the lapses in storytelling, this book, which I first read as a child, is a classic. Finding libraries that hold this item When asked about his wandering, Sunsaye will tell anyone that cared to listen that he was in search of Fatimehthe Kanuri slave girl whom he saved from her masters.

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Sokugo Magic causes men to wander off deserting their families and leaving their previous lives behind. It should be expanded to provide more balanced coverage that includes real-world context. During his wanderings, he has various adventures, including coming across a village, deserted because of sleeping sickness except for one somewhat insane man; finding his oldest son, Jalla, who now has a thousand head of cattle and has done very well for himself, except that his younger brother Hodio, has stolen his wife though he does not seem too concerned about thisand meeting a lion.

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