It is the early-sixties when a young Tayo Ajayi sails to England from Nigeria to take up a scholarship at Oxford University. In this city of dreaming spires, he finds himself among a generation high on visions of a new and better world. The whole world seems ablaze with change: independence at home, the Civil Rights movement and the first tremors of cultural and sexual revolutions. It is then that Tayo meets Vanessa Richardson, the beautiful daughter of an ex-colonial officer.In Dependence is Tayo and Vanessa’s story of a brave but bittersweet love affair. It is the story of two people struggling to find themselves and each other – a story of passion and idealism, courage and betrayal, and the universal desire to fall, madly, deeply, in love.
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I love the opening line of this book: One could begin with the dust, the heat and the purple bougainvillea. One might even begin with the smell of rotting mangos tossed by the side of the road where ... Read full review
*Full Chapter By Chapter Summary Of Independence [JAMB Recommended Novel For UTME] By Sarah Ladipo Mayinka*
_CHAPTER 1_Tayo is the first Nigeria to receive a scholarship to study at Balliol College, Oxford. He visits his relatives in the village of Ibadan before travelling the next day to uncle kayode's house, another
relative in Lagos.
On the day he sets to sail, his parents, headmaster, some of his teachers and other Lagos-based relatives stands at the Lagos port to bid him
Tayo describes his journey through the seas and the warm reception he gets at England in a letter to his
father. He mentions his new friends at the college and explains in details his perception of things in his new environment.
His father replies promptly, giving him precise report on the state of affairs in the family and the
Mr. and Mrs. Barker, Tayo's older friends invites Tayo and Africans for a drink party in their home. There he formally meet Christine Arinze with whom he develops a casual relationship.
Vanessa attends a party with her friends. There, she meets Charlie and Mehul. She gets drunk and wakes up the next morning with a splitting
headache. Vanessa takes up her pen to write an article for the school magazine but changes her mind to write to her friend Jane instead.
In attendance for the West Africa Society meeting is Tayo, his friends and other college students. After
the meeting, he introduce himself to Vanessa Richardson who is also in attendance.
Inspite of being a trifle jealous of Tayo and Vanessa's chit, Christine invites him over to her place. She tells him about how she is struggling to maintain her academic excellence amongst other things. He console her and assures her that she will excel like she's always done.
Tayo and Vanessa goes for a walk in the direction of the meadows. They talk on various issues ranging from Malcolm X's visit to oxford to Tayo's
father's duties during colonial admission as well as Vanessa's father and grandfather's involvement in colonial services.
They outrun each other to a country pub where they bought drinks. They leave early because two men spill their drinks and Vanessa declines Tayo's offer of another one.
Vanessa goes back home for the Christmas holiday. She receive a not so warm welcome from her family as the atmosphere between her parents is strangely cold. At dinner, she has a
misunderstanding with her father about his inviting apartheid friend to the Christmas party her African friends will also attend
Tayo arrives Aberleigh, Vanessa's home in London for the Christmas party. Aside from being mistaken for a servant by one of mr. Richardson's friend, everything else goes smoothly.
Vanessa visit Tayo in the room he is spending the night in. They talk briefly on the demeanor of her parents and Tayo discuss his mother at Vanessa's prompting
Tayo and Vanessa spend everyday of the week together and on Friday, she bring him daffodils to brighten up his room. Tayo shares one of his family
photograph with Vanessa and the latter makes assessment of each member herself.
Vanessa on the other hand shares her worries about being on African correspondent considering her
British lineage. Tayo reassures her that Africa needs good journalist; British or African can then pull her
close for a dance.
Tayo and Vanessa spends Easter in Paris' with Simon and Nima. Tayo gets his first writing journal from Vanessa where he documents their stay in Paris from the first day. There, they live the Bohemian life - all four of them. A day before the completion of their holiday, Tayo gets a telegram
that Christine is dead. While Tayo grieves for her, he also blames himself for not being sensitive enough to her needs as a friend.
Vanessa and her family visits France to the Bastille holiday. Jane, Uncle Anthony, Mr and