Ogbo: Sharing Life in an African Village

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9780152004989: Ogbo: Sharing Life in an African Village

A profile of contemporary Nigerian village life is seen through the eyes of Obioma, a young girl who explains how she and other children find fellowship and support within her ogbo, a family-like community of people her own age.

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Grade 1-5?Onyefulu's vibrant full-color photography and clear, direct language communicate images of African village life that are aesthetically appealing and also real. She focuses on the role of "age sets" in an Igbo village as six-year-old Obioma explains that "no one is born alone" among her people. The child goes on to tell about the activities of her age group or ogbo and those to which the various members of her family belong. As each group is shown working and playing together, readers get a firsthand look at customs that are too often portrayed as simply exotic. Ogbo is unique in showing children the actual human dynamics of a culture different from their own. An author's note and parenthetical pronunciation guides will be helpful to adults introducing the book. Appealing across a wide age range, this superb title shows one of the ways in which an African culture raises youngsters, by assuring that every individual belongs and grows with its group into progressive levels of community responsibility.?Loretta Kreider Andrews, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, MD
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Ages 6^-10. A welcome change from the generic African stories set in the picturesque past, this photo-essay describes daily life in eastern Nigeria by focusing on social relationships. A child explains that everyone born within a five-year period belongs to an ogbo, or age group, and the members have a lifelong responsibility for each other and for working together in the community. Some stay active, and some leave (like author Onyefulu, who visits from her home in London), but they remain part of their ogbo throughout their lives. Bright, framed color photos show the child's father with his ogbo building a nursery school and voting on how to provide electricity for the village. Her mother's ogbo is working on people's farms and performing at special events. Her uncle works in the city and brings home new ideas. The child's narrative voice is occasionally cute and exclamatory, and a few pictures appear stiffly posed, but, in general, this is an unforced way of talking about work, play, customs, art, and beliefs in a contemporary community. Hazel Rochman

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