Nigerian forum: Education - Summary Of The 2014 Jamb Novel -The Successors
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25 Mar 2014 03:20

I keep on seeing acclaimed summary of the
novels to be read for jamb, the potter's wheel
and the successors, which unfortunately aren't
summary indeed but more or less like an
introduction, because these acclaimed
summary can't provide answers to all jamb
past questions on these novels because they
are lacking. This thus spurred me to make a
well detailed summary of these novels to aid
jambite quickly imbide the key notes in these
novels to better equip them for the upcoming
2014 exam. I was told that 20 questions will
arise from these novels having 10 questions
each, equating to 40 marks. Below is the
summary of the successors.
The Successors is a fititious novel about two
family generations: The Atsens and the Amehs.
Starting in January 1967, during the civil war of
which Otukpo was a hot zone because of
Ojukwu's regular bombing and the ibos who
were arrogant and considered themselves
untouchable because they were most educated
and travelled controlling everything from
businesses to the civil service but later became
unsafe after Ironsi's overthrow, with two friends
Terkura Atsen and Okoh Ameh who were co-
workers in the provincial hotel, Makurdi.
Terkura was a porter. Their regular customer
and Terkura's role model was Mr Eze, who later
died in a Kano riot. This sad news was made
known to the two young men by the hotel
expatriate manager Mr Gordon Finlay.

Terkura Atsen
Terkura wanted to be very rich. He saved up his
salary and used it to fund himself after paying a
visit to his family in Tar-Mbalim close to
Obudu in Ogoja province on 28 July 1967 to
inform his father, Mr Matthew Atsen, a
catechist, teacher and farmer, of his intention
to further his education, Okoh covering up for
him at work. Although his father would rather
he become a priest and his mother would
rather he got married to Torkwase, however
they didn't object. Terkura thus furthered his
education from Provincial College, Yandev for
Higher School Certificate to The Ahmadu Bello
University, in Zaria, at thesame time his
younger and only brother, Terngu, got married
and conceived David Atsen. He also studied in
M. Atsen aged 21 who was a catechist before
marrying Magareth aged 18 in 1938, had a
daughter (not son) in 1939 as their firstborn
who died before they had another daughter
preceding 5 other surviving children (i.e 6
children). He lived with his family on the
southern part of the parish with 4 mud
buildings- he stayed in one with his family, one
was for his nephew and two youths, one was
the kitchen and the the last was used to keep
foodstuffs and livestock. He was proud that his
son still respected his elders, by seeking his
father's consent/opinion, notwithstanding the
western influence. He was happy his son was
quiting his hotel job because he didn't find it
Later on, Terkura started a small company,
Tesen group. He finished a project which he
had pleaded to get, for chief Samson Ofega, a
weathly known man who had refused to pay up
his balance of N418,000. He had made an
ultimatum with an empty threat of him and his
partners destroying the chief's properties. The
chief later went to his office where Terkura
swallowed his pride and confessed his ordeal,
and after taking a ride in the chief new car, he
got paid his balance. He paid his debts and
gave Helen his secretary, who had gotten her
own part of the ordeal from the angry debtors
who were threatening, cursing and accusing
her. Only the rep, though more threatening to
the company, from the United Exchange Bank
was calm and quiet (Silent but deadly indeed.),
N150 which she used to buy land in Demekpe
a fast developing area in Makurdi. The chief
became a stepping stone for Terkura to grow
his business and amass wealth. He ventured
into real estate, agric produce buying,
construction, oil & gas distribution, and
transportation. He was later considered the
richest man in the state by some people. He
died at age 51 in his sleep, and the usual naija
rumour went about that maybe he had died as
such because he had made a pact to become
rich and famous, under the condition that he
doesn't marry and will live for a certain period
of time. He didn't have a wife nor a legitimate/
illegitimate child. So he willed his wealth to his
nephew (his brother's son) David Atsen.
Although some family members, long time
employees, institutions he attended, tertiary
institutions in Benue, churches and
orphanages had a fair share of the cut, the
lion's share was for David alone.
Okoh Ameh
Okoh wasn't ambitious. He wanted to keep on
working in the hotel and perhaps get promoted.
He thought Terkura's aspiration was
impossible. He also believed it wasn't
neccessary to go to school for someone to be
rich. After Terkura had quit, 23 years old Okoh
who was now an assistant supervisor at the
provincial hotel, went to Otukpo via rail and
thereafter to Upkoro via taxi to get married to
19 years old Maria on 24 April,1968 who he
had seen three times and was chosen for him
by his parents. Maria was eager to be a wife as
well as travel to Makurdi. Before departing with
his wife, his mother Eyun advised them. She
was a petty trader (looking better than her
mates who assisted Okoh's father Retired Sgt
Onyilo Ameh in his farmwork) whose business
was monopolized and booming after the ibos
departure to the East. Another person whose
business was striving after the departure of the
ibos was Owoicho Ako, Okoh's mate in primary
school, who Okoh was happy to see but whose
company wasn't enjoyed by Okoh because of
his repeated thumping of his shoulder and his
obstruction of Okoh's cuddling with his new
wife, as they sat together on the train heading
to Makurdi. After being aided to unload the
train by Owoicho, Okoh took his new bride to
his one-room apartment. Aside from the
inconvenience of the compact single room, the
compound was full of children and always
noisy, and the environment, very marshy, was
a breeding ground for mosquitoes, that Maria
no sooner got ill. Shortly after their marriage,
Maria procreated a boy on 27 January 1969,
who Okoh wanted to name Monday but was
named Ifenne one month later by his father
who didn't like the name Monday. Three
months after the baby’s arrival, Okoh and his
family relocated away from the flood-prone and
mosquito-infested areas to a better
accommodation. Thereafter they had six more
children named Agbo, Veronica, Innocent,
Emmanuel, Ada, and Ene.
One day, Okoh returned early....
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Edited by Temartins / 25 Mar 2014 03:22