Staring at the Nyanza Sun: A Kenyan-American Memoir

Staring at the Nyanza Sun: A Kenyan-American Memoir

Amos Otieno Odenyo Odera Odenyo / Dec 15, 2019

Staring at the Nyanza Sun A Kenyan American Memoir This is a historical memoir of a father s coming to America and a son s return to his African roots It begins in colonial Kenya when at age seven Otieno is forced to lie on his back and stare at th

  • Title: Staring at the Nyanza Sun: A Kenyan-American Memoir
  • Author: Amos Otieno Odenyo Odera Odenyo
  • ISBN: 9780982806500
  • Page: 116
  • Format: Paperback
  • This is a historical memoir of a father s coming to America, and a son s return to his African roots It begins in colonial Kenya, when at age seven, Otieno is forced to lie on his back and stare at the equatorial sun Only the ancient herbs of the forest are able to preserve his sight At age fourteen he endures the painful adult initiation ceremony required by the traditThis is a historical memoir of a father s coming to America, and a son s return to his African roots It begins in colonial Kenya, when at age seven, Otieno is forced to lie on his back and stare at the equatorial sun Only the ancient herbs of the forest are able to preserve his sight At age fourteen he endures the painful adult initiation ceremony required by the traditions of his Luo community in Gem, Nyanza Province Now considered a man, Otieno is required to leave his father s house and build his own Barefoot, poor, and living in his earth and grass simba, Otieno is rich with personal ambition and the priceless inspiration of the village elders After graduating from Kisii High School, Otieno becomes one of Kenya s first African police inspectors However, his desire for higher education propels him to join the 1961 Kennedy Airlift and start a new life in South Dakota, U.S.A It is the height of the civil rights era in America, and Otieno s personal struggle has only just begun Otieno s American born son, Odera, grew up listening to his father tell inspirational stories of Nyanza Odera heard tales of the Luo migration from Uganda into Kenya, the rise and fall of the great Luo warrior Luanda Magere , the legacy of Chief Odera Akang o of Gem, and the contributions of pre independence leaders from Nyanza However, of all these great stories of Nyanza, which are documented in this ground breaking memoir, it was the story of his own father that most inspired Odera Dr Amos Otieno Odenyo was the first Kenyan to obtain a Ph.D Sociology from the University of Minnesota He was the Chairman of Social Sciences for York College City University of New York for the majority of his career 1970 2007 Dr Odenyo also served on the Board of Trustees for World Education Boston , and tirelessly supported the educational ambitions of his extended family in Nyanza, Kenya His son, Odera Odenyo, has traveled extensively throughout Eastern Africa, and in 1996 obtained a Masters of Arts in International Relations from American University in Washington D.C For additional information, visit the authors personal website at nyanzasun.

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    1. When I first met my Friend Dina Odenyo, she told me a little about her family's fascinating history. At the time I encouraged her to write a book about it. Years later, after the passing of her father, her brother did just that! This is the story, and it is inspirational, and a book everyone should read. It puts life and values all in perspective. Dina's brother used autobiographical writings from his father the first half of the book, and his own perspectives and writings the second half.



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