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African Chronicles: A Memoir

African Chronicles: A Memoir

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African Chronicles, a stimulating, challenging two-volume memoir of one of the most turbulent periods in African history in the 1960s: v.1 Rhodesia -Zimbabwe and v.2 Nigeria- Biafra by Burris Devanney.

In 1965 newlyweds Burris & Louanne Devanney travel to an Africa of bright prospects on Canada's new international assistance program. Their first posting is to a remote 40 year old mission station in rural Rhodesia, where they encounter the tragic absurdities of "petty apartheid". Their second posting is to a famous secondary school in Eastern Nigeria, which is on the brink of secession and civil war. Thus begins their life-long passion for development work and for Africa. Theirs is a traveller's tale of uncertain journeys, challenging missions, durable friendships and deadly conflicts - a montage of compelling stories chronicling the courage, resilience, tragedy and humour that distinguish the lives of individuals and of countries on the edge. Emerging from the narrative are singular perspectives on African history and the "Great Game of Development."