Sarah Ladipo Manyika

In Dependence

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.
268 printed pages
Original publication
Legend Press



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    The boys from the bakery had arrived, and she had lost Yusuf’s attention to Samir, who wanted to know what they were celebrating.
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    “Ex-colonies you mean! Madame Pagnole, this is delicieux. Fantastique!” Vanessa smiled.
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    Moreover, his politics embarrassed Father, especially in front of people like the Murdochs, who shared his conservative views. Uncle Tony was not a Communist Party member (his taste in clothes, art, and wine precluded this), but he sympathised with the Left and considered himself a late Fabian. Father also begrudged his brother-in-law for having had the opportunities that he would have liked; namely, being born into the upper class and achieving a place at Cambridge University. To make matters worse in Father’s eyes, Uncle Tony had had the effrontery to squander his opportunities, dropping out of Cambridge and associating with people Father deemed socially and politically unsavoury.

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