How the young cor­rect a mis­take the wrong way

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - WEEKEND -

There is this story is in the an­thol­ogy Half a

Day and Other Sto­ries that is set dur­ing the colonial era, at a time when uni­ver­sity ed­u­ca­tion was highly val­ued. The story in­volves John, a ru­ral young African man who has se­cured a chance to join Mak­erere Uni­ver­sity. John has a girl­friend, Wa­muhu, with mod­est ed­u­ca­tion, who is preg­nant of him. John un­der­stands that in case the vil­lagers re­alise this im­preg­na­tion, his rep­u­ta­tion will be tainted, worse still, risk­ing with­drawal of the gov­ern­ment schol­ar­ship to uni­ver­sity. Vir­gin­ity among girls is highly val­ued. John gets on a mis­sion to con­vince Wa­muhu to hide the fa­ther­hood iden­tity, in­clud­ing of­fer­ing her money, but Wa­muhu in­sists that he should marry her. She is aware of vil­lage boys who fly out in pur­suit of ed­u­ca­tion only to re­turn with white girls. The story is a de­pic­tion of how some peo­ple in the so­ci­ety can do all it takes to cover up their heinous acts.

Name: Wor­nicks Gisemba Omwenga. Oc­cu­pa­tion: Teacher of English/lit­er­a­ture at Mus­tard Seed Schools, Nakuru.

Book: Half a Day and Other Sto­ries: An an­thol­ogy of short sto­ries, by Aye­bia Clarke, Macmil­lan Kenya.

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