By Chinua Achebe
A stunning and pleasant vintage within the making from one of many world's such a lot fashionable and spell binding storytellers.
When Chike, an eleven-year-old Nigerian boy, leaves the small village of Umuofi a to dwell together with his uncle within the urban of Onitsha, he's uncovered to more than a few new experiences--from bicycle driving to fortune telling, vehicle washing to letter writing. As he turns into settled in his new domestic and faculty, Chike reveals himself constantly desirous about the River Niger, and attempts desperately to elevate adequate funds to buy a price tag aboard the ferry that crosses the river to the town of Asaba. as soon as he fi nally makes it throughout, Chike realizes that lifestyles at the different part of the river is much varied from what he anticipated, and he needs to locate the braveness and resilience inside him to make it home.
A poignant story of limitations and event, braveness and progress, Chike and the River is a hot and gorgeous fantasy for readers of every age.
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Urbanisation has a long history in the Sudan, connected with both administration and commerce. In the context of the Nile Valley, Shendi and its sister-town al-Matamma are located in a relatively fertile and well-populated area. Shendi could therefore have grown out of an earlier village; in fact, Shendi retained many 'village' features. However, its geographical position as a meeting-point of caravans, at least during more peaceful periods, as well as its function as the 15 Prelude to the Mahdiyya seat of a local king, were factors which turned the town into a major trading centre.
The eye-witnesses, English and Cailliaud, say that he made his submission on the arrival of Isma'Il Pasha. According to Caillaud it took place immediately, but English says that it happened several days afterwards, even after the submission of makk Nimr, a delay which was due to illness. 31 Isma'il Pasha rested some time in Berber while he waited for the submission of makk Nimr. He had earlier sent a merchant as a messenger to Shendi, and he now returned with letters from the king and with messages from certain religious leaders and merchants of that area.
Some of the spacious houses were located side by side of courtyards of up to 300 square feet, which served to store the merchandise and keep the caravan camels. Broad and airy streets intersected the town. 17 An important factor in the economic development of Shendi was the growth of al-Matamma on the opposite bank of the Nile. It was described for the first time in 1821 when, according to English, it had a slightly bigger population than Shendi, 6,000 as against 5,000. There were three market places where people exchanged dollars and durra for what they needed.