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Staring at the Nyanza Sun: A Kenyan-American Memoir

Staring at the Nyanza Sun: A Kenyan-American Memoir

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This is a historical memoir of a father's coming to America, and a son's return to his African roots.

It begins in colonial Kenya, when at age seven, Otieno is forced to lie on his back and stare at the equatorial sun. Only the ancient herbs of the forest are able to preserve his sight. At age fourteen he endures the painful adult-initiation ceremony required by the traditions of his Luo community in Gem, Nyanza Province. Now considered a man, Otieno is required to leave his father's house and build his own. Barefoot, poor, and living in his earth and grass "simba," Otieno is rich with personal ambition and the priceless inspiration of the village elders.

After graduating from Kisii High School, Otieno becomes one of Kenya's first African police inspectors. However, his desire for higher education propels him to join the 1961 "Kennedy Airlift" and start a new life in South Dakota, U.S.A. It is the height of the civil rights era in America, and Otieno's personal struggle has only just begun.

Otieno's American-born son, Odera, grew up listening to his father tell inspirational stories of Nyanza. Odera heard tales of the Luo migration from Uganda into Kenya, the rise and fall of the great Luo warrior (Luanda Magere), the legacy of Chief Odera Akang'o of Gem, and the contributions of pre-independence leaders from Nyanza. However, of all these great stories of Nyanza, which are documented in this ground-breaking memoir, it was the story of his own father that most inspired Odera.

Dr. Amos Otieno Odenyo was the first Kenyan to obtain a Ph.D. (Sociology) from the University of Minnesota. He was the Chairman of Social Sciences for York College (City University of New York) for the majority of his career (1970-2007). Dr. Odenyo also served on the Board of Trustees for World Education (Boston), and tirelessly supported the educational ambitions of his extended family in Nyanza, Kenya.

His son, Odera Odenyo, has traveled extensively throughout Eastern Africa, and in 1996 obtained a Masters of Arts in International Relations from American University in Washington D.C.

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Author: Amos Otieno Odenyo, Odera Odenyo
Publisher: Spear & Shield Publishing
Published: 09/16/2010
Pages: 394
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.64lbs
Size: 9.02h x 5.98w x 1.00d
ISBN: 9780982806517

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