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Double Yoke

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Set on the campus of a Nigerian university, Double Yoke tells the story of two undergraduates who must confront the conflicting demands of tradition and modernity. While Nko pursues an education despite the resistance of those who feel a woman's identity is assumed in traditional marriage, Ete Kamba's love for her is severely tested as he is himself locked into the rigid ...more
Paperback, 163 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by George Braziller
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Kijani Mlima
Mar 07, 2016 Kijani Mlima rated it liked it
The "Double Yoke" of the title refers to two young Nigerians, one male, one female, from a small town. They each earn scholarships to a top Nigerian University, in a large city. Both struggle to balance the traditional aspects of their culture, with the more modern aspects that are rapidly subsuming the traditional. Nko, the female character carries the heavier burden, as Nigerian culture is/was extremely sexist. Ete , the male, is also locked into the traditionalist society that both he and Nko ...more
Sep 23, 2012 Brian rated it really liked it

Compelling tale of two college students struggling to reconcile the gender roles of their traditional culture with modern ideas from Western culture.
Aug 17, 2009 Johari rated it really liked it
Easy read...and I loved it.

I think it does a great job of balancing African/Nigerian traditional roles with education, feminism, family obligations, and just plain growing up.

Thanx Andaye!
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