Saying Goodbye A Special Farewell to Mama Nkwelle by Ifeoma Onyefulu
  

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Saying Goodbye A Special Farewell to Mama Nkwelle by Ifeoma Onyefulu

Seen through the eyes of a small boy named Ikenna, here is a very special account of how a small Igbo community in Nigeria traditionally honours the dead. Ifeoma Onyefulu's thoughtful photographs and text offer not only a glimpse into Africa village life, but also a positive introduction to a difficult subject. Ikenna starts to feel different as soon as he puts on his new white clothes. His grown-up relatives keep an all-night wake, dancing and singing for Mama Nkwelle. On the big day a 21 gun salute is fired to begin the celebration. In Mama Nkwelle's now empty house, her decorated bed is brought into the sitting-room, adorned with her picture. The priest says prayers, then kola nuts are offered and dancing begins to the sound of drums. Ikpuawa (gifts) of cloth are brought, and Ikenna is asked to offer a gift too! Seven days later Ikenna watches as people gather to remember Mama Nkwelle. Finally he plants his own special memorial, knowing that he will never forget her.

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The photographs are full of Nigerian life and colour. From the front to the back cover, stunning images, brimming with vitality and family pride, speak directly to the reader ! The book reads aloud well and the text is matched perfectly with the photographs. Scenes of contemporary Nigerian life give rise to many questions and discussion so it will also make an effective guided or group reader www.writeaway.org.uk

About the Author

Ifeoma Onyefulu was brought up in a traditional village in Eastern Nigeria. After completing a business management course, she trained as a photographer, contributing to a number of magazines. Ifeoma's highly acclaimed children's books are renowned for countering negative images of Africa by celebrating its traditional village life. Her work has been admired at many exhibitions. A is for Africa, her first book, was chosen as one of Child Education's Best Information Books and Junior Education's Best Books. She has twice won the Children's Africana Book Award: Best Book for Young Children in the USA for Here Comes Our Bride! in 2005 and for Ikenna Goes to Nigeria in 2008. Ifeoma lives in London. To visit Ifeoma's website click here Watch a video of Ifeoma Onyefulu, talking about her books and influences by clicking here

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
32 pages
Interest Age: 6 To 9

Author

Ifeoma Onyefulu
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Publisher

Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

1st March 2003

ISBN

9780711217010


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