Download A Guide to the Birds of East Africa by Nicholas Drayson PDF

By Nicholas Drayson

ISBN-10: 0547152582

ISBN-13: 9780547152585

For three years, widower Mr Malik secretly loves Rose Mbikwa, chief of weekly chook walks. Quiet Malik is extraordinary just for his cautious combover. Malik is determined to invite Rose to the Nairobi Hunt membership Ball (premier Kenyan social event), until eventually his institution nemesis, flashy jokester Harry Khan, competes for Rose. A guess is determined.

Show description

Read or Download A Guide to the Birds of East Africa PDF

Best africa books

Lords of the Sea: A History of the Barbary Corsairs

The escalation of piracy within the waters east and south of Somalia has led commentators to name the world the recent Barbary, however the Somali pirates can't examine to the 3 hundred years of terror provided through the Barbary corsairs within the Mediterranean and past. From 1500 to 1800, Muslim pirates from the Barbary Coast of North Africa captured and enslaved greater than one million Christians.
Lords of the ocean relates the historical past of those pirates, analyzing their dramatic effect because the maritime forefront of the Ottoman Empire within the early 1500s via their breaking from Ottoman regulate within the early 17th century. Alan Jamieson explores how the corsairs rose to the apogee in their powers in this interval, extending their actions from the Mediterranean into the Atlantic and venturing so far as England, eire, and Iceland. Serving as a necessary section of the most Ottoman fleet, the Barbary pirates additionally carried out self reliant raids of Christian ships and territory. whereas their actions declined after 1700, Jamieson finds that it was once simply within the early 19th century that Europe and the U.S. eventually curtailed the Barbary threat, a struggle that culminated within the French conquest of Algiers in 1830. A welcome boost to army historical past, Lords of the ocean is an engrossing story of exploration, slavery, and conquest.

King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa

Within the Eighties, because the ecu powers have been carving up Africa, King Leopold II of Belgium seized for himself the significant and quite often unexplored territory surrounding the Congo River. engaging in a genocidal plundering of the Congo, he looted its rubber, brutalized its humans, and finally slashed its inhabitants by way of ten million—all the whereas shrewdly cultivating his popularity as a good humanitarian.

Politics of the Womb: Women, Reproduction, and the State in Kenya

In additional than a metaphorical feel, the womb has confirmed to be a major website of political fight in and approximately Africa. through reading the political significance--and complicated ramifications--of reproductive controversies in twentieth-century Kenya, this e-book explores why and the way keep an eye on of girl initiation, abortion, childbirth, and premarital being pregnant were an important to the workout of colonial and postcolonial strength.

Eyewitness: Africa (Eyewitness Books)

Become aware of the conventional life, ideals, talents and crafts of the peoples of this colossal and old continent. here's a remarkable and informative consultant to the peoples of an unlimited and mysterious continent. fabulous colour pictures supply a distinct "eyewitness" view of the folk, homes, instruments and artifacts of African cultures and civilizations.

Extra resources for A Guide to the Birds of East Africa

Example text

Ethnographic evidence from the late nineteenth century onward further clarifies how central Kenyans tied health and prosperity to procreative relations. The formation and growth of households, lineages, and clans, the basic units of social organization in the region, centered on the axiom that “people are wealth” (antu ni utonga). In equating people with wealth, central Kenyans spoke of intertwined material and moral imperatives. ”40 To secure dependents who could perform these tasks, people pursued a range of strategies.

48 Merus were not alone in this belief. 50 Further afield, in the Ovambo kingdoms of colonial Namibia and in the Bemba chiefdoms of colonial Zambia, both places where female initiation did not usually include genital cutting, people also believed that pre-initiation pregnancies threatened the living. 51 Both oral and ethnographic documentary sources agree that in Meru some girls became pregnant before they were initiated. 52 Women and men recalled that the sexual relations which resulted in pre-initiation pregnancies usually occurred at dances that 34 / Chapter 1 circumcised men and uninitiated girls attended in the years prior to marriage.

In 1925 two colonywide 28 / Chapter 1 reports singled out Meru for its low birthrate. The Acting Governor wrote in one that the district suffered from low population growth and high “infantile mortality . . ”20 Whereas in other areas of central Kenya female initiation took place prior to puberty, in Meru it was a prenuptial rite. Initiation and marriage in Meru usually followed the onset of puberty by five or more years, creating a period when girls were sexually mature but unexcised. Colonial officials observed that as “custom” shunned conception prior to initiation, unexcised girls who became pregnant obtained abortions.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.55 of 5 – based on 47 votes