How the young correct a mistake the wrong way
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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