What a story! The constant
struggles to raise sufficient food, to keep evil spirits at bay, to follow the
customs of their ancestors, and to interact with others make life complex for
this agrarian people. Readers will enjoy a detailed, inside view of how the Chibok
of Nigeria have survived in a harsh land.
It is a story of a proud people
who lived in and near the Chibok rocks. Warding off intruders, they were the
last group in Nigeria to submit to British rule. Without the Chibok language
reduced to writing, their oral history was in danger of being lost to changes
brought by westernization. This compelled the author to write the story of the
Chibok to preserve their history and customs, their struggles and their joys.
Uniquely qualified to tell this
story, the author and his family lived among the Chibok and learned their
language and customs for four and a half years. Gerald Neher was a trained
agriculturalist with a B.S. degree from McPherson College and an M.S. degree
from Cornell University. He also studied anthropology at Cornell University,
Kansas University, and at Southern Illinois University. Lois Neher graduated
from McPherson College with a B.A. in education and has taught in both the
United States and Nigeria.