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A Song of Africa: the Roots of Boko Haram by [Wheatley, Ronald]

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Ron Wheatley's A Song of Africa strikes an intriguing parallel to another publication - Munus Africae, by Pope Benedict XVI. While Benedict chooses "Munus" - a noun title other than Wheatley's "Song" - it is no stretch of translation to say that the Pontiff's title is also a kind of Song, for Munus can be rendered both - affectionate service and - loving witness!In his focus on the heart and soul of Nigerians, Wheatley recalls the efforts of his colleagues - US officials and volunteers, and their spontaneity in going beyond the pale in their efforts to improve the basics of existence of their African hosts. Perhaps without conscious realization, he re-affirms the missionary psychology of another Pontiff - John Paul II, in his confirmation that "Justice is not enough!" For John Paul, as for Wheatley, Charity continues where justice ends.As for Munus Africae, Benedict describes the African world view in Part III, (Art.69) of his document as follows:"This great openness of heart and spirit in the African tradition predisposes you, brothers and sisters, to hear and receive Christ's message, to appreciate the mystery of the Church, and thus to value human life to the full, along with the conditions in which it is lived."Congratulations to Ron Wheatley for his independent presentation of a missionary perspective, affirming in advance that to which Benedict exhorts us - The message, the mystery, the value of human life, and the conditions in which it is lived.

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On the eve of the Biafran war, Americantelecommunications consultant Paul  Jeffries is living a coloniallifestyle on the  idyllic mile high Jos Plateau largely shelteredfrom the ethnic, political, religious and economic rivalries that are tearingapart the dream of a united independent post-colonial Nigeria.   Thediscovery of oil in the predominantly Igbo (Ibo) and Catholic Eastern Regionand the assassination of the most powerful ruler in the largest region, thepredominantly Muslim North, have brought the country to civil war. The year is1966.
On a night in Lagos at an Embassy party Jeffriesmeets the American Ambassador's daughter, Maureen Cahill.  There hepursues her and she eludes him on her own mission which he comes to believe tobe a tryst in a darkened poolside bathhouse with aNigerian.  Rejecting her as not worthy of his attention, he returnsto his plateau sanctuary to concentrate on his pending lucrative contract withthe government and forget her.  
Because his work has taken him into that regionand he knows it well, the ambassador's aid meets him at his hill stationretreat and informs him that Maureen has traveled to the mangrove infestedRivers area of the rebellious state of Biafra to a tiny desolate island nearthe site of the oil discovery - the target for invading federal forces led bythe fierce Colonel Barka.  The tiny island is accessible only bysmall pirogue poled by a skilled boatmen.  At this place she hasjoined an Ibo Catholic priest and an idealistic but naïve young Americanphysician, Larry Bartlett, to aid the refugees.
Stilltrying to get her out of his mind, the self-centered Jeffries must decidewhether to act or not - to risk everything by leaving his safe and comfortablesurroundings to venture on a mission that will take him into the darkest cornerof a war torn land.

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  • File Size: 3354 KB
  • Print Length: 120 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1463511795
  • Publication Date: December 31, 2013
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005XBOJGM
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