By Deanna Raybourn
The daughter of a scandalous mom, Delilah Drummond is already infamous, even between Paris society. yet her most recent scandal is enormous sufficient to make even her oft-married mom blanch. Delilah is exiled to Kenya and her favourite stepfather's savanna manor condo till gossip subsides.
Fairlight is the crumbling, sun-bleached skeleton of a light African dream, a global the place dissolute expats are strengthened by means of gin and jazz files, cigarettes and safaris. As mistress of this wasted property, Delilah falls into the decadent pleasures of society.
Against the frivolity of her friends, Ryder White stands in sharp distinction. As overseas to Delilah as Africa, Ryder turns into her advisor to the advanced fantastic thing about this unknown international. Giraffes, buffalo, lions and elephants roam the shorelines of Lake Wanyama amid swirls of pink dirt. right here, lifestyles is luxurious and teeming—yet fleeting and sometimes cheap.
Amidst the wonders—and dangers—of Africa, Delilah awakes to a land out of all share: extremes of warmth, darkness, attractiveness and pleasure that reduce to her very center. merely while this sacred position is profaned via bloodshed does Delilah notice what's actually worthy combating for—and what she will not reside with out.
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However, within two months of the declaration of war they were to be brutally surprised. Attacks by the Nigeria Regiment at three points across the border – on the hill fortress of Mora, on Garua on the Benue river and on Nsankang in the south – were successfully repelled by the Germans with the loss of Nigerian and British lives and valuable guns and ammunition. Colonel Charles Carter, the British commander, was withdrawn. This embarrassed Frederick Lugard, who was Governor-General of the Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria 1913–18, and encouraged the British to work more closely with the French, who were still smarting from the cession of territory to German Cameroon in 1911.
Only a fifth of German Cameroon came under British administration. France also picked up the League of Nations mandate for most of the German colony of Togo, adjoining the Gold Coast to its west, with only a sliver going with the Gold Coast. London had little ambition for further imperial expansion in west Africa. Nigerian emirs who had eyed their traditional lands across the German Cameroon border, lost by the Anglo-German agreement of 1890, were largely disappointed. Some parts of the old Bornu Empire and Adamawa Emirate were retrieved, and some valuable plantations fell on the British side of the line.
The German colony was surrounded, and on 27 September the port town of Douala surrendered to HMS Challenger, a battleship, even before Dobell’s troops had landed. The British captured nine cargo vessels there and, by the end of 1914, had overrun cocoa, rubber and fruit plantations in nearby Buea-Victoria. But the Germans were not an easy pushover, even though some of their subjects took the opportunity to rebel, and there 18 | Nigeria was continuous friction between the British and the French at the command level.
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