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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English View all editions and formats. Search WorldCat Find items in libraries near you. He is a doctor to the people, a ekewnsi in making charms and amulets and also has the ability to tell the people their fortunes.

The Neighborhood the Story within the Story. Lovely review, I especially like the quote you’ve selected about sokugo’s enchanting magic.

Burning Grass – Fiction & Development

During that same period, Mai Sunsaye’s rival to the throne of Dokan Toro, Ardo, 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”. When I was reading Burning Grass-I felt as though Cyprian’s descriptions were more English than they were a depiction of true African traditions and customs. This tendency is well illustrated by People of the Cityin which Ekwensi gave a vibrant portrait of life in a West African city.


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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Mayan Maalug rated bh it was amazing Nov 08, Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here 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.

Cyprian Ekwensi: Burning Grass

It is a fun read but definitely not one of my best Cyprian Ekwensi novels. Probably your typical native doctor back in the day. This page was burnng edited on 14 Augustat Nana Fredua-Agyeman 20 April at Newer Post Older Post Home.

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An uns This tale, in all of its beautiful simplicity holds your interest, and effortlessly takes you on a journey through the life of Fulani Cattlemen of Northern Nigeria. An unsettled chieftaincy dispute with rival Ardo resurfaces, and Mai Sunsaye is struck with Sokugo, a wandering charm that deprives men of stable lives and causes them to wander.


His sons, Hodio and Rikku both develop a liking for the girl, but the former runs away with her leaving Rikku inconsolable.

Feb 03, Jerome Kuseh rated it really liked it Shelves: No trivia or quizzes yet. Agyeman Nketia rated it it was amazing Aug 18, The patriarch, Mai, is afflicted with the wandering sickness, which means that, ekwenzi warning or being able to stop himself, he suddenly disappears, wandering about, often chasing a bird. He wrote for children under the name C.

Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers. Mai Sunsaye paid for Fatimeh with his cattle and ordered man to leave. Cyprlan spell, known as the “sokugo” or the “wandering sickness” is a magic charm that “turned studious men into wanderers, that led husbands to desert their wives, Chiefs their people and sane men their reason”.