It is the early-sixties when a young Tayo Ajayi sails to England from Nigeria to take up a scholarship at Oxford University.
In this city of dreaming spires, he finds himself among a generation high on visions of a new and better world. The whole world seems ablaze with change: independence at home, the Civil Rights movement and the first tremors of cultural and sexual revolutions. It is then that Tayo meets Vanessa Richardson, the beautiful daughter of an ex-colonial officer.
In Dependence is Tayo and Vanessa’s story of a brave but bittersweet love affair. It is the story of two people struggling to find themselves and each other – a story of passion and idealism, courage and betrayal, and the universal desire to fall, madly, deeply, in love.
Sarah Ladipo Manyika (born 7 March 1968) is a British-Nigerian writer of novels, short stories and essays. She is author of two well received novels, In Dependence (2009) and Like A Mule Bringing Ice Cream To The Sun (2016), and has had work published in publications including Granta, Transition, Guernica, and OZY, currently serving as Books Editor of OZY. Manyika's work also features in the 2019 anthology New Daughters of Africa.