Baturi is the story of a British VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) teacher, Matthew Ferguson. He is posted to a poorly equipped training college, attached to the small town of Hadejia, deep in the Sahel of northern Nigeria. As a white British male, he earns immediate celebrity status within the community, virtue of his skin colour. When walking through the town, he is frequently met with cries of �Baturi�, in the local language of Hausa this translates as �white man�.
It�s the eighties, there are no telephones or internet connections, and Matthew�s only communication with the rest of the world is via letters and the local grape vine. Visitors to his house are mostly unannounced; one such unannounced visitor is Chantel. She is an attractive Canadian volunteer, working as a nurse, and based in a town some 50 miles away. Her first visit to his house is brief, and clinical, but after she leaves, her striking image won�t leave his thoughts.
In a quest to develop his relationship with Chantel, Matthew leaps at an opportunity to accompany her on a holiday excursion. Expecting to join a gathering of fellow volunteers, they travel to a small town on Nigeria�s eastern border. By the time he returns to Hadejia, he is alone, and wanted by the police.
He has acquired a potent secret, which he discovers has embroiled him in a plot to over throw the Nigerian government. Although he survives to tell the tale, his thrilling, and often terrifying adventure, is driven more by his friendships, than his plans.
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