Married to Africa: A Love Story

Married to Africa: A Love Story

by G. Pascal Zachary
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Married to Africa: A Love Story by G. Pascal Zachary

G. Pascal Zachary is a foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal when he finds love in, of all places, the zoo in Accra, Ghana. That is where he meets Chizo Okon, the surrogate mother for an orphaned chimpanzee. In Married to Africa, Zachary tells their warm and humorous story, which is as much about the marriage of two cultures as it is about the marriage of two people.

Chizo introduces Zachary to an Africa usually overlooked by visitors. He learns about the spiritual fervor of ordinary Africans, the mysterious power of juju and the rewards of eating bushmeat and other African dishes. He learns how to haggle effectively, pick a reliable taxi driver, live on "Africa time" and adapt to being a white minority in a black society. Chizo, meanwhile, deftly adapts to living with her obruni, the local nickname for a white person. As their romance deepens, the couple learns how differently things can appear to them. While Zachary indulges a passion for traditional African art, Chizo worries about the possible evil spirits harbored in his wooden statues.

When the two move to San Francisco, Chizo must learn to navigate a new world. The result is a different kind of immigrant story, powered by a series of wacky, wonderful and unforgettable tales -- such as Chizo taking a machete to Zachary's ex-wife's garden (not out of malice, of course), driving enthusiastically without a license, charming her hard-boiled Jewish mother-in-law and managing requests from poor relatives in Africa. The arrival of Chizo's teenage daughter marks the end of the beginning and the start of a new saga in this uniquely American love story.

Married to Africa is a tender andcharming account of a marriage and a fascinating look at how two people come to know each other across culture and race.

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ISBN-13: 9781416534631
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 12/30/2008
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

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Married to Africa 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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"Ifrit, what do you want?" Ice asks, annoyed."Your cooperation." Ifrit says sarcastically."You remember what happened with Raiden?" he asks. Ice goes pale."Heh. You do remember." Ifrit says slyly.
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Frisbeesage More than 1 year ago
The story begins when G. Pascal Zachary walks into a zoo in Africa and falls head-over-heels for Chizo, a petite African woman who is caring for an orphaned chimpanzee. Little does he know what a wild ride he is in for! Chizo introduces him to an Africa that few outsiders get to see with romantic bush meat dinners on the beach, how to survive a mugging, and how to neutralize the evil sprits ensconced in his favorite African art.
The story gets even wilder when this mild mannered and gentle white man takes the fiery and opinionated black women to America! Chizo teaches him how to deftly handle his Jewish mother and how to drive American roads with style. Along the way she learns to trust and believe in him. This is the story of a remarkable marriage! These two people could not be more different yet through trust, love and understanding they are able to build an extraordinary life together. Though the book sometimes felt crazy and out of control I appreciated the lesson here in their willingness to accept each other as they are.