SUBJECT: ENGLISH LANGUAGE
CLASS: JSS 3
TERM: 2ND TERM
WEEK NINE – TEN
Reading of the Recommended Text: “Village Boy”
Summary of the Text
The story narrates the experience of Joseph Ibe, a typical village boy who has just completed his primary school education and offered admission into a secondary school situated in the city of Enugu.
Joseph is the first of the four children of Ibe and Akueke. Unfortunately for the family, Ibe died when Joseph was only seven years old. Ibe’s death makes life very difficult for Akueke and her children. However, Akueke wants Joseph to go to secondary school. So, she embarks on a journey to Onitsha to ask her own brother for help but her brother is unable to help her at the moment.
So, Akueke and Joseph decide to seek help from Ibe’s brother, a retired policeman. At first, Jude refuses to help, instead, he tries to discourage Akueke and Joseph, saying that Joseph won’t be able to cope. But Akueke is never discouraged by her brother-in-law’s attitude. The following day, Jude sends for them. When they arrive his house, he declares to them that he will help and will continue to help only if Joseph passes very well at the end of the first term. The duo, having agreed with the condition, leave Jude’s house.
On the tenth day of September, Joseph leaves for school. In the school, he comes across different people with different backgrounds and characters, among whom are Adamu,Afam, Philip, Chu-boy, Jegede and some others. Adamu turns out to be Joseph’s best friend as he always stands by him even in times of crises.
Joseph finds it difficult to cope with his work in the first few weeks in school. He fails most of his tests except Math in which he has the highest mark in his class and the teachers complain bitterly about his poor performance. This sets fear in him that he may not be able to fulfil his uncle’s condition. But, with the help of Adamu and Mr.Katchy, the math teacher, Joseph improves in his performance and at end of the first term he discovers that he has done well enough to deserve his uncle’s help.
Themes and Issues in the Novel:
Other themes in the novel include laziness, affection.
Adamu : he is Joseph’s friend. Although, he is from a rich home, he is not spoilt or proud. He is very brilliant and helps Joseph to improve in his studies. Adamu , although a Muslim, is never religious bias. His best friend is a Christian. He is really a friend in need who is a friend indeed.
Jude: he is the brother of late Ibe, and an uncle to Joseph. He is a retired policeman. He is very heartless and selfish. He takes away most of his late brother’s farmlands as his own.
Other major characters include: Chu-boy,Kene, Afam, Mr. katchy and so on.
Also, Joseph is contrasted with Chu-boy in that while Joseph is very diligent, courageous and truthful, Chu-boy is very lazy, timid and deceitful.
Read “Village Boy’’ by Ifeoma Okoye.
Ifeoma Okoye’s “Village Boy’’
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