By Odera Odenyo,Dr. Amos Otieno Odenyo
It starts in colonial Kenya, while at age seven, Otieno is pressured to lie on his again and stare on the equatorial solar. in basic terms the traditional herbs of the wooded area may be able to shield his sight. At age fourteen he endures the painful adult-initiation rite required via the traditions of his Luo group in Gem, Nyanza Province. Now thought of a guy, Otieno is needed to depart his father’s apartment and construct his personal. Barefoot, negative, and dwelling in his earth and grass “simba,” Otieno is wealthy with own ambition and the precious proposal of the village elders.
After graduating from Kisii highschool, Otieno turns into certainly one of Kenya’s first African police inspectors. besides the fact that, his wish for greater schooling propels him to hitch the 1961 “Kennedy Airlift” and begin a brand new lifestyles in South Dakota, U.S.A. it's the peak of the civil rights period in the US, and Otieno’s own fight has simply simply begun.
Otieno’s American-born son, Odera, grew up hearing his father inform inspirational tales of Nyanza. Odera heard stories of the Luo migration from Uganda into Kenya, the increase and fall of the nice Luo warrior (Luanda Magere), the legacy of leader Odera Akang’o of Gem, and the contributions of pre-independence leaders from Nyanza. even though, of a lot of these nice tales of Nyanza, that are documented during this ground-breaking memoir, it was once the tale of his personal father that almost all encouraged Odera.
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