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The setting of THE VILLAGE BOY is in the 80s & 90s, about Frank, in Cameroon. Frank’s father was a peasant farmer, a polygamist, with three wives and several children. As early as 8, Frank took care of his Dad’s goats and supplied his Mum, with firewood. He therefore accompanied other boys to raffia bushes, after school bare footed, to fetch wood. How did he handle the challenge he faced, while executing the latter? Frank was taken to Nigeria at the age of 11, by Jack a relative. This journey was on foot; it was very tedious and under perilous circumstances. How did he and Micky, another lad Jack was taking along to Chris, keep up? “…Jack got them up at 4 AM and said; “Get up boys it is time to go; we have to take advantage of the moonlight. Frank and Micky staggered as they awoke, like drunkards, under the influence of alcohol; whereas, it was the toll of the trekking, of the previous day. They were not even aware of the time; as the moon was at its full bloom, illuminating the clear skies, full of dazzling stars… Jack was a primary school teacher and an illegal immigrant. Frank found out about this, when they got there. Why was Frank suddenly left behind in Wukari, with the Sams? Why was he moved to Ken? “The following morning, Ken brought a tray and some money, as they sat down and handed them to Frank. He then said; “This is all the money we have left; our survival now, depends on you, henceforth. You will have to buy and retail bread.” What did Frank do and where was Jack? Why was he further moved to a third home, before finally moving with Jack, to Shendam? How could he have simply blended with kids in Shendam and had a wonderful time of his life? “After school, they went to either hunt rats, or snakes; and in some days, they went fishing… Each hole had a store section, for food storage; and a secret emergency exit, not visible to the diggers. …the rats after sensing danger will shoot out, through the emergency exit, like an arrow from a bow…, the beholder of the action immediately starts the chase, while shouting; there it is, there it is… and the rest will join in the chase. And there was no rest, nor retreat, until it is caught.” Why did Jack and Ken fall out? “Jack was infuriated and said; “How could Ken say that, I was dismissed from the teachers training college, for being a Cameroonian and I had to…?” Frank sat there and watched Jack, as he verbally lambasted Ken…, Why did Jack turn against Frank, when he was making money for him? “…Jack after hearing this, skipped from his seat, as a fighter pilot, ejects from the cockpit …and got hold of Frank, who was seated on the other side… Trembling and full of rage, said to the surprised truce brokers “Don’t consider his size, for he is like a tree with an incredible taproot….” He then started pulling him out of the house, to theirs, located on the other side, of the compound… Due to Frank’s resistance, he became very frustrated… he bit Frank under his chin; as if, he narrowly missed his throat. Frank then shouted in Hausa, “Ya ciji ni, ya ciji ni…” in English meaning, “He has bitten me, he has bitten me…” Jack successfully pulled Frank up to the veranda, a few meters from the door… And as they struggled, Frank got hold of the pole in the middle and swiftly spun around it, successfully letting go of his shirt, with Jack. Jack was taken off guard and therefore, could not keep up, with the speed of the spins. In a bid to catch Frank, he fell. Frank immediately took off in terror, with full speed, bare body and bare feet. He headed straight, to…” What next?
This book is full of suspense, engaging and captivating. The last chapter has an epic true love story. “Rose indeed came into Frank’s life, with beauty; as a rose flower in its bloom, and as the queen of the night flower, with its lovely fragrance, at night. …but her family was like thorns to them and like a dark cloud, over their horizon of love.” How did they handle this?

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