African Cowboy


Young Adult - General
204 Pages
Reviewed on 06/17/2011
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Author Biography

U. D. Abdulkareem has interesting stories to share with the rest of the world. He serves in the Nigerian Navy and is a veteran of many internal security operations conducted by the Nigerian Navy Joint Task Force, including Operation Restore Hope in the Niger Delta and Operation Restore Order in Maiduguri. He is also an award-winning athlete in the Nigerian Navy games.
He grew up in Kurra Falls Plateau State Nigeria, and now lives in Apapa Lagos.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Molly Edwards for Readers' Favorite

I love reading and learning about new authors and this was a perfect new author and new book! I loved most everything about this novel. The words, the characters, the plot. All of it was unique and really drew me into the story. I have never read a book quite like this before, but I will say that I hope to read more work like this in the future.

Bappa is a rich cattle herder in Africa with two wives, two sets of children. His wife Demmo, along with Ribaldo and Halimah are abandoned by Bappa and left to live a poor life. While Bappa is looking after his more favored family of his second wife, his young children, Ribaldo and Halimah go against everything in Africa and fight to become educated. They want nothing more than to become better than what they were and live a life of comfort. Little did they know that their father, Bappa, the man who denied and abandoned them, has lost his fortune and home and wants nothing more than to be accepted by his children. His children are torn between doing what is right and the anger they have toward their father.

This is a moving, emotional story that will pull you in, grip you, and take you to the African setting of Nigeria, amongst these African Fulani cattle herders, African Cowboys, and set you down in an unexpected place. You will see the importance of knowledge, the effect that greed and attitude can have on a person. If you have never read a book like this before, then I encourage you to read this 5 star novel. Twists, turns, and compelling characters will surround you and keep you turning the pages until the very last page is reached.

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SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

Title:This jaw-dropping book pulled and tugged on my heart unlike any other!!!
Review: I give this book 2 thumbs up!!! Although it is heart-wrenching, it is still a truly remarkable story! I don’t know a lot about the old customs and traditions in Africa, so I was totally fascinated with these characters, and this moving plot. As a matter of fact, the characters and plot are the two main components of this book that will draw you in fast; and once this book hooks you, it will never let go. Even after you have finished reading this story, you will be thinking of it. It’s one of those stories that will leave an unforgettable impression on you!!! At least it did for me!
What I really liked most about “African Cowboy” is its raw nature. Its realness is what makes it one-of-a-kind. People around the globe will be able to commend and appreciate the struggle Ribado and his younger sister, Halimah go through to get an education and be something more than what is planned for them. The author does not sugar coat their lives, no matter how bad things get for them and appear to be. He instead shows us how they overcome their numerous obstacles and dire circumstances. Being an African Cowboy was expected, but Ribado knew that getting an education would guarantee success in life. This jaw-dropping book pulled and tugged on my heart unlike any other. Kudos to this author and his ability to include an enduring story in such an engaging and highly entertaining plot. It is a great read, and I highly recommend it!!!

Warm regards,
JS