Read the following sentences from the story "Loyalties."
I was twelve years old at the time. One afternoon my father came rushing home
earlier than usual.
"Wife," he shouted to my mother who was out the back preparing food; "wife, have
you not heard the news?" He was so excited he went rushing through the house. I
"Aren't you ashamed of yourself, a grown man like you rushing around like a small
boy? What is it?" my mother said.
"Ojukwu has announced the new state of Biafra. We are no longer Nigerians, you
hear? We are now Biafrans," he said and smiled.
"And what then?" my mother asked.
"Woman, don't you know what you are saying? Don't you realize that this is an
important day, an historic occasion?"
My mother stood up and put her hands on her hips. Her face was streaming from the
heat of the fire.
"Whether we are in Nigeria or whether we are in Biafra we are almost out of
firewood," she said.
Using the ideas in these sentences, the reader can most likely conclude that the father