Summarizing the JAMB novel, In Dependence with the characters, we will be highlighting important characters and key points as we summarize
Tayo Ajayi : The main character in the Novel, He gains scholarship in Balliol College, Oxford and Travel to England for study. There he had a lot of adventures and experience with women. First was with Christine Arinze who he later breakup with due to commitment issues. He later meets Vanessa Richardson, an English girl, but was confronted by her racist Father who advises and warns against any relationship with Vanessa.
Tayo had travelled home to Ibadan during the holidays after he received letter from his Mother about his Fathers health condition. Due the civil war, conflict and fathers health condition, he stops writing to Vanessa. Vanessa travels to Nigeria to see him and while they had lodged in a hotel, he confessed of his infidelity and how he had gotten Miriam Pregnant during his stay in Nigeria.
Vanessa leaves him immediately and Travels to England. Later, she returns with Senegal to stay and write about Africa.
Tayo who is now Married lived with his wife ( Miriam ) and only Daughter ( Kemi ) but the family was confronted with the growing crisis in Nigeria. Most people they knew were leaving the country and Miriam had persuaded her husband that they should also leave. Tayo had refused on the grounds that he had so many projects he was working on as a professor in the University. He was busy holding seminars and rallies to protest against Government negligence and corruption.
Finally, Miriam and Kemi leaves to America while he stayed behind. He continued protesting and writing articles against the corrupt government which led to his being detained and beaten by the Military. During this time, he lost his driver Abdou who had died of Internal Bleeding.
Miriam who now stays in America, had filled a divorce to end her marriage with Tayo.
Modupe: Tayo’s girlfriend while in the village, After Tayo travels and returns from Oxford. He discovers that she was pregnant and married to Olu.
The Aureol : A large passenger ship which Tayo believes was the first place he saw Vanessa as a little girl waving at him during his Childhood visit to the ports.
Christine Arinze : Third Year student and Tayo’s first Girlfriend at Oxford. She later commits suicide after their breakup.
Tayo had lied to Vanessa that Christine was his cousin but she later discovers the Truth from Charlie.
Tunde ; Tayo’s born-again Cousin who later becomes the Pastor of one of the Largest Congregation in Nigeria.
Mehul and Charlie: Friends with Vanessa
Mr. Adeniyi Ajayi: Tayo’s Father and also Inspector of Police.
Jane : Vanessa bestfriend.
Jane had told Vanessa a secret of how she had slept with Uncle Tony in a Train station as a condition for her to talk about her relationship with Tayo
Vanessa Richardson: Daughter of Jonathan and Elizabeth Richardson. She met Tayo at Oxford and falls in love with him but their relationship was disapproved by her Father. All her life, she wanted to write about Africa but feels unworthy; Tayo was her source of encouragement
After her separation with Tayo, she travels to Senegal to live there in order to learn more about African cultures and Tradition. There she met Salamatou, a hairdresser who she befriends and who also teaches her Wolof language. Vanessa later Travels to England after Salamatou was killed in a motor accident, she also adopts Salamatou son, Suleiman.
In England, she marries Edward Barker and they lived together with her adopted son. She now works with the Guardian and now able to write a lot of fascinating articles about Africa.
After so many years, Vanessa had the opportunity to meet with Tayo again during the Launching of his “Biography of Lord Lugard” and later at a ceremony where Tayo was conferred Honorary degree by Oxford. They had the opportunity to discuss about their live and the Love they shared.
Uncle Tony: Vanessa uncle
Uncle Kayode : Tayo’s uncle who later visit him at Oxford and also meets with Vanessa.
He had told Tayo of how he decided to leave the Military and study Engineering in France so he could be employed in Nigeria Oil Industry.
Ike: In the JAMB Novel, Ike is a student activist. He got in a relationship with Christine after her breakup with Tayo.
Uncle Bola : Tayo’s Uncle who loved to talk about Women.
Jonathan Richardson : Former District Officer to Northern Nigeria and father to Vanessa. His racist attitude was unbearable and he disapproved of Vanessa relationship with Tayo because of their racial difference.
Mr. Faircliff: Tayo’s Headmaster.
Balliol College, Oxford: The school in England where Tayo’s was awarded scholarship.
Elizabeth Richardson: Mother of Vanessa , she later dies of cancer at the age of 78.
She could have had a love affair with Danjuma, her driver, during the colonial days in Nigeria
Salamatou: Vanessa’s hairdresser in Senegal who later died in a motor accident.
Vanessa later adopts her son, Suleiman.
Suleiman: Vanessa adopted son, and son to Salamatou.
Miriam : The woman who got pregnant for Tayo on his visit to Nigeria, This lead to Tayo and Vanessa separation. Tayo Later marries Miriam out of pity and her care for his father.
She had series of miscarriages during their Marriage and could only have Kemi.
Kemi : Only Daughter to Miriam and Tayo.
Yusuf: Joker and Tayo’s friend. Though, always ready to befriend white ladies. He was never committed to any of them. He had once promised a white Lady (Joyce) Marriage but later disappoints her and Marries a Nigerian woman named Joy.
He later converts to Christianity.
Innocent: A man Yusuf and Tayo joked about. Innocent had lied that he studied Economics at Oxford while applying for a Job in the University.
Edward Barker; An older man who Vanessa later marries, he was also friends with Tayo during his days at Oxford.
Questions and answers from JAMB In Dependence
1)In contrast, The Nigerian Newspapers had reported that Christine had died of_?
2) What was the Name of the Large passenger ship which Tayo believes was where he first saw Vanessa as a little girl waving at him, during his childhood visit to the ports?
3) Vanessa’s Mother, Elizabeth had died of _?
Cancer at the age of 78
4) Who phoned Tayo of the News of Christine’s death?
5) What factors influenced the choice of Uncle Kayode to study Engineering in France?
He wanted to be employed into Nigeria’s Oil sector
6) What Meeting did the African students meet to discuss?
West Africa Society meeting
7) What secret did Jane tell Vanessa as a condition to talk about her relationship with Tayo?
She slept with Uncle Tony at the Train Station
8 ) What feeling did Tayo’s get from rereading Modupe’s letters?
9) Who was the Man who Yusuf and Tayo joked about lying that he studied economics in Oxford?
10 ) Why did Yusuf Marry Joy instead of Joyce?
Yusuf Wanted to Marry a Nigerian girl
11) What was the cause of Salamotou’s Death?
12) What was Salamatou’s Occupation?
13) Why did Vanessa adopt Salamatou’s Son, Suleiman?
She adopted Suleiman because of the love she had for her mother and the promise she made to her
14) Where did Vanessa First Spoke With Tayo?
At the West African Society Meeting
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