The main character in the book. He hails from Orta Village and since childhood, borne to a large family, he is motivated by his need to transform his life through education. His encounter with Jelalang becomes a start to a long entanglement to life and love in the eyes of a villager. Kipsorno’s persistence and confidence makes him a favorite in the family and among the village boys. He goes on to land a job in the city and gets enough income to support his wife and children. His tragic flaw however comes when he falls into the whims of city girls and alcohol. He forgets about his responsibilities as a father and thus brings great trouble to himself and sorrow to his wife Jelalang.
Her name means the warm one. Brought up in strict Catholic Church teachings, she finds herself falling in love with Kipsorno. This brings conflict to her religious teachings and so she decides to fight the emotions and breaks up with Kipsorno. Because of her beauty and hard work, Jelalang focuses on her education and declines to indulge in the relationship. Fate had other ideas on her though. She marries Kipsorno and works hard at her farm in the village. She joins the local women group and even starts a small grocery business and gets even more religious.
Duncan Barkebo is a lover of African literature, having authored several popular articles on African village stories and also leadership. He holds a Masters in Management and Leadership (Management University of Africa), a BSc in Communications and a Diploma in Clinical Medicine and Surgery. Duncan is also Director of LeadCast Ltd, A Leadership Training, Coaching and Mentorship Company. He is a member of various professional associations and boards of management.
Duncan originally hails from Baringo County, Kabarnet town, Bokorin Village. This is where he spent most of his life and the stories in this book rotate around the life and times while in the village. He is married and blessed with four children. He makes his home in Nairobi.
It has divergent lessons-moral, skills, variable winds/modern life, home/house/family life (real depiction-this is the part am thoroughly enjoying. I can actually see my life in this book.
It is a wonderful and great book. Finally the village boy discovered himself.
At last the true memories of an African village has been put into paper, well done Duncan, you made many of us rekindle good memories of the good old days.
A very instrumental and inspiring book. It captures a long journey and the true story of our African community. Duncan is a great man with great writing skill and a unique way of telling a story with words.