The Best is Yet to Come

2010 Second Place Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature: Tanzania
Publisher: 
E & D Vision Publishing

Daima Mwamba is an orphan girl. She has completed primary school and wants to continue with secondary education, but has no one to pay the school fees for her. Her mother is dead, her father ran away to the city after she was born, and has never returned. Her best friend in the village,a girl called Amanda, who is an albino, advises her to soldier on and never lose hope in spite of her dire straits. When at age fifteen, Daima's uncle decides to marry her off to an old man, she rebels and decides to run away to the city where she knows no one. Daima gets to the city, lives at the bus stand for some days before she is finally picked up by Aunt Dotnata, a hotel owner, to work as a waitress in her hotel. She quits the low-paying job when she is forced to sleep with one of the prominent customers, an MP, and goes to work as a house girl in Mama Penina's household. With the assitance of Mama Penina's family and the headmaster of a nearby school, she finally manages to enter the prestigious Bright Future Academy to continue with secondary education. 

The Best is Yet to Come depicts Daima's travel and travails as she attempts to cope with the harsh realities confronting her in the alien city; her experience in boarding school, her love relationship with Kelvin, a fellow student; her "reunion" with her father and her dear friend Amanda. The story ends with Daima's election as the new president of the student's council. 

Asungushe B. Kayombo works with EDCTP Women's Health Project in Mwanza, Tanzania. This is his first novel. 

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Daima Mwamba is an orphan girl. She has completed primary school and wants to continue with secondary education, but has no one to pay the school fees for her. Her mother is dead, her father ran away to the city after she was born, and has never returned. Her best friend in the village,a girl called Amanda, who is an albino, advises her to soldier on and never lose hope in spite of her dire straits. When at age fifteen, Daima's uncle decides to marry her off to an old man, she rebels and decides to run away to the city where she knows no one. Daima gets to the city, lives at the bus stand for some days before she is finally picked up by Aunt Dotnata, a hotel owner, to work as a waitress in her hotel. She quits the low-paying job when she is forced to sleep with one of the prominent customers, an MP, and goes to work as a house girl in Mama Penina's household. With the assitance of Mama Penina's family and the headmaster of a nearby school, she finally manages to enter the prestigious Bright Future Academy to continue with secondary education. 

The Best is Yet to Come depicts Daima's travel and travails as she attempts to cope with the harsh realities confronting her in the alien city; her experience in boarding school, her love relationship with Kelvin, a fellow student; her "reunion" with her father and her dear friend Amanda. The story ends with Daima's election as the new president of the student's council. 

Asungushe B. Kayombo works with EDCTP Women's Health Project in Mwanza, Tanzania. This is his first novel. 

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