LANGUE VIVANTE 1
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The scene is set in the early 1960s. ‘The kitchen and bathroom will have to be cleaned today.’ ‘Yes, sah.’ Master got up quickly and went into the study. Ugwu’s confused fear made his eyelids quiver. Would Master send him home because he did not speak English well, did not know the strange places Master named? Master came backwith a wide piece of paper that he unfolded and laid out on the dining table, pushing aside books and magazines. He pointed with his pen. ‘This is our world, although the people who drew this map decided to put their own land on top of ours. There is no top or bottom, you see.’ Master picked up the paper and folded it, so that one edge touched the other, leaving a hollow between. ‘Our world isround, it never ends. Nee anya, this is all water, the seas and oceans, and here’s Europe and here’s our own continent, Africa, and the Congo is in the middle. Farther up here is Nigeria, and Nsukka1 is here, in the south-east, this is where we are.’ He tapped with his pen. ‘Yes, sah.’ ‘Did you go to school?’ ‘Standard two2, sah. But I learn everything fast.’ ‘Standard two? How long ago?’ ‘Many yearsnow, sah. But I learn everything very fast!’ ‘Why did you stop school?’ ‘My father’s crops3 failed, sah.’ Master nodded slowly. ‘Why didn’t your father find somebody to lend him your school fees4?’ ‘Sah?’ ‘Your father should have borrowed!’ Master snapped, and then, in English, ‘Education is a priority! How can we resist exploitation if we don’t have the tools to understand exploitation?’ ‘Yes,sah!’ Ugwu nodded vigorously. He was determined to appear as alert as he could, because of the wild shine that had appeared in Master’s eyes. ‘I will enrol you in the staff primary school,’ Master said, still tapping on the piece of paper with his pen. Ugwu’s aunty had told him that if he served well for a few years, Master would send him to commercial school where he would learn typing andshorthand. She had mentioned the staff primary school, but only to tell him that it was for the children of the lecturers5, who wore blue uniforms and white socks so intricately trimmed with wisps of lace that you wondered why anybody had wasted so much time on mere socks. ‘Yes, sah,’ he said. ‘Thank, sah.’ ‘I suppose you will be the oldest in class, starting in standard three at your age,’ Master said.‘And the only way you can get their respect is to be the best. Do you understand?’ ‘Yes, sah.’ ‘Sit down, my good man.’ Ugwu chose the chair farthest from Master, awkwardly placing his feet close together. He preferred to stand. ‘There are two answers to the things they will teach you about our land: the real answer and the answer you give in school to pass. You must read books and learn both answers.I will give you books, excellent books.’ Master stopped to sip his tea. ‘They will teach you that a white man called Mungo Park discovered River Niger. That is rubbish. Our people fished in the Niger long before Mungo Park’s grandfather was born. But in your exam, write that it was Mungo Park.’ ‘Yes, sah.’ Ugwu wished that this person called Mungo Park had not offended Master so much. ‘Odenigbo.Call me Odenigbo.’
town in Nigeria first years of primary school 3 plants cultivated for food or other use, especially cereals, fruit, or vegetables 4 amount of money paid by students to attend school 5 teachers at university
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Ugwu stared at him doubtfully. ‘Sah?’ ‘My name is not Sah....