Okey Ndibe's Arrows Of Rain

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This course has demonstrated how we can incorporate a literary detective’s sometimes unorthodox methods of deduction to solve the confounded mysteries in our own lives. These fictional tales of reasoning can be applied outside the world of crime because the methodology is sound enough to put to use in everyday situations. Upon reflection, I came to find that I utilized many techniques prescribed by the detectives in this course while researching a high school project. I was given the task of uncovering the history of a local landmark long forgotten, a train station. Despite this landmark’s rich history many people were unaware of its significance. My job was to do extensive research on the station and record its story. This way residents would …show more content…
This allowed for a better understanding of what we were looking for. By going over old records, I revealed historical information and identified holes in past research. Moreover, I developed questions that needed to be asked. In addition to the pre-recorded facts, I utilized my personal knowledge on the general history of my town to place information into the correct setting. It was important to understand the historical setting of the town to understand the significance of the train station. The application of prior knowledge to current evidence and its revelation is essential to literary detectives in their pursuit of the truth. This is exemplified in Okey Ndibe’s Arrows of Rain in which Femi must compile evidence in favor of Bukuru in order to free him from the injustices imposed by the corrupt government. Among the lessons we learn through his testimony, we begin to understand the importance of storytelling. Specifically, that stories carry memories that in turn connect the past to the present. Femi’s editor reinforces this concept when he tells him, “‘Type it out. You’re paid to be a reporter, not a

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