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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I think I love stories where women not only save men but save themselves.

Leart Muharremi rated it liked it Sep 16, Similar Items Related Subjects: Published July 18th by Heinemann Educational Books first published Books by Cyprian Ekwensi.

I do recollect that at time I lked Burning Grass so much and admired Mai Sunsaye and wished that he would be well in the end. Loizy rated it really liked it Nov 01, Oluseyi Bakare rated it really liked it Mar 09, 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.

The E-mail Address es you entered is are not in a valid format. 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”.


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I felt for Mai when he had the slepping sickeness. Being a Yoruba girl born and bred in Southern Nigeria, this book gave me an hint of a culture that I admire, albeit in an historic form. You may send this item to up to five recipients. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Preview this item Preview this item. He is a doctor to the people, a specialist in making charms and amulets and also has the ability to tell the people their fortunes.

Burning Grass

London, Heinemann [] Series: He later lived in Onitsha in the Eastern area. Loneliness was their drink, they are nomads; wandering cattlemen and women. The plot from then on follows Sunsaye on his wanderings through several villages, ekwesni and his eventual cure from Sokugo,reuniting with his family and eventual return to Dokan Toro. Your email address will not be published.

The story takes place in colonial North Nigeria, as evidenced by the Bodejo, a British tax-collector and veterinarian, and the burning grass of Northern Nigeria referred to at the opening of the novel.

Burning Grass – Fiction & Development

Initially, Mai Sunsaye set out after the bird, then the search turned into a search for his son, Jalla, and when Jalla was found it turned into a search for Fatimeh so that his son Rikku, who had suffered emotionally and physically by the elopement, would be well again. Sep 22, Dora Okeyo rated it liked it. I could see the jaws of cow grinding their cord, I could almost hear the hoots and guffaws of bu herdsmen, the clashing of horns.

Would you also like to submit a review for this item? Return to Book Page. 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.


During that same period, Mai Sunsaye’s rival to the throne of Dokan Toro, Ekwesni, casts a spell on Mai Sunsaye by the aid of a talisman bound to the leg of a “grey-breasted” and “red-toed” “Senegal dove”.

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

In the time they were apart, Fatimeh had brought forth twins and therefore was now a free-born who is free to marry, but the love Rikku had for her was no more. Cyprian EkwensiAuthor’s Country: View all 4 comments. Spiraling violence between the Fulani herdsmen and different communities in Nigeria; especially farming communities, aroused my need to understand the socio-economic culture of the herdsmen.

Pieces of Development All things international development from a young african’s perspective. Want to Read saving…. Ekwensi began his writing career as a pamphleteer, and this perhaps explains the episodic nature of his novels.

Sunsaye, father of three and Chief of Dokan Toro, is bewitched by a malicious rival into following anything that flies—a curse that disguises itself from him amidst the random missions that he sets himself. Reviews User-contributed reviews Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers.

Thus, Fatimeh became free. Create lists, bibliographies and reviews: You are commenting using your WordPress. Lovely review, I especially like the cyrpian you’ve selected about sokugo’s enchanting magic. The greatest mistake I made as a reader is to pick Cyprian’s book after reading Chinua Achebe.