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Janey Volden remembering the people and adventures of Kenya Love is universal. We all know that. It is when the love story becomes multi-cultural, interweaves a First World lifestyle with one from the Third World, and stretches from Canada all the way to Kenya, that is when it becomes truly captivating. Add the innocence of teenagers and the dire straits of water shortage, and you have a great story. Author Janey Volden from Okanagan Falls, takes us on a spellbinding trip in “Gabbra’s Song”. Set in the nomadic North East of Kenya and the bustling city of Vancouver, Canada, in “Gabbra’s Song” two teenage girls share their experiences in two enormously diverse cultures. Riley Forbes is the main character in the book. She travels with her father to North East Kenya where he promptly leaves her with

friends in a Borana village while he continues on his journey for another two weeks. Fortunately Riley’s best friend Gabbra, is the daughter of the village chief. To cope with living in the African village, Gabbra teaches Riley the ways of a Borana tribeswoman. Riley has to eat strange food, wear odd clothes, and sleep on the ground. At first these challenges are tough to cope with for the spoilt young Canadian girl, but she manages quickly. For Riley, part of the appeal of living in the Borana village is a young man called Nagya, Gabbra’s brother and the chief’s son. Nagya is a strong, handsome warrior and a bittersweet relationship develops between the two of them. Will this relationship succeed? Will their cultural differences drive them apart? As the story unfolds, we discover the nomadic lifestyle of the Borana, their strong family values, and the constant threat of invasion they are exposed to. In that part of Africa camels and the access to fresh water are major essentials for any village to survive. These are also the reasons the Somali bandits, called the Shifta, raid the villages. It so happens

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Okanagan Art Works - August 2010  

Gallery of art work by Okanagan artists

Okanagan Art Works - August 2010  

Gallery of art work by Okanagan artists

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