Saturday, August 11, 2012
FREE KINDLE E-BOOK ALERT: Hope From Distant Lands by Chike Onyemelukwe
Hope From Distant Lands by Chike Onyemelukwe
This work of fiction highlights important but often hardly appreciated positive influences of the West on African Culture and peoples. Africans were, abinitio, suspicious of the White man’s presence in their midst, afraid that his mission and methods could seriously undermine their much-cherished beliefs, customs and traditions regarded as sacrosanct. But when they could no longer act in concert against the white man’s unwelcome influence on their cultural identity and pride, their collective resistance petered out!
However, the net effect of the ensuing encounter on the host community has generally been healthy and edifying. Western education remains principally instrumental in the dynamics of the evolving change. As the host community picks and chooses, much that is dropped along its road to social and economic development is its own objectionable customs and practices – a good riddance!
Through its principal actor, Olisakwe, this book demonstrates some of the objectionable practices in an African (specifically Igbo) culture being worn off as the Western infusion is appreciated and embraced by the community. It is the evolving blend that constitutes the fluid essence of the community’s cultural identity.
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