K-Gr 3- Onyefulu delivers another photo-essay filled with vivid, colorful photographs, accompanied by brief, clear text about the land, people, and culture of her native Nigeria. The text is narrated by the author's son. "I can't wait to go to Nigeria in July. I have lots of cousins there and I'm going to play football with them and eat delicious food...." An outline map of the country shows the location of the cities/towns/villages that Ikenna will visit during the course of his trip. His first stop is Lagos and the boy describes all that he sees and does as it relates to each photograph. The next stop is Ikeja where he takes a swim in the pool and meets up with his aunt and cousins. While following him on the road to Onitsha, readers get a sense of the country's terrain, roads, bus transportation, and roadside market. In Onitsha, he meets his grandparents and more cousins, and photos and text feature children playing, going off to school, a Nigerian meal, and the rainy weather. Toward the end of his journey, he has the opportunity to attend the traditional Osun Festival in Oshogbo. At the end of his trip, Ikenna and his Nigerian family gather around for one final photograph. The clear images contain a wealth of detail and provide valuable visual insight into the people and culture.-Mary N. Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
Ikenna Goes to Nigeriaby Ifeoma Onyefulu
Ikenna is looking forward to lots of sun when he goes to Nigeria - even though he and his mum are going during the rainy season. In Lagos, he plays with his cousins before driving to Onitsha to see other relatives. Then the rain starts! But there is still lots to do including meeting Great-Uncle Hillary, who drove the royal train across Nigeria in 1956, and going
Ikenna is looking forward to lots of sun when he goes to Nigeria - even though he and his mum are going during the rainy season. In Lagos, he plays with his cousins before driving to Onitsha to see other relatives. Then the rain starts! But there is still lots to do including meeting Great-Uncle Hillary, who drove the royal train across Nigeria in 1956, and going with his mum to the Osun Festival at Osogbo, where he is surrounded by the sights and sounds of age-old ceremonies and traditions. Ikenna feels sad leaving his big family behind, but he's determined to visit Nigeria again.
Meet the Author
Ifeoma Onyefulu was brought up in a traditional village in Eastern Nigeria. After completing a business management course, she trained as a photographer, contributing to a number of magazines. Ifeoma's highly acclaimed children's books are renowned for countering negative images of Africa by celebrating its traditional village life. Her work has been admired at many exhibitions. A is for Africa, her first book, was chosen as one of Child Education's Best Information Books and Junior Education's Best Books. She has twice won the Children's Africana Book Award: Best Book for Young Children in the USA for Here Comes Our Bride! in 2005 and Ikenna Goes to Nigeria in 2008. Ifeoma lives in London.
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