African Politicians Degrade African Nobility

By David G Maillu

For a man to have more than one wife is a credit in African traditional society. Having more than one wife increases his social status and household. He talks about his marital status proudly. Polygamy has always been a noble practice in Africa society until the arrival of Whiteman’s colonialism of monogamy sold to Africans.

But if polygamy is a social disease, the Whiteman suffers from the same disease only that the disease manifests itself in a different way. The Whiteman’s polygamy is called “Consecutive polygamy” in which, if a married man wants to have a different wife, he knocks up reasons for divorcing her in order to create room for the second wife. If he gets tired with the second wife, he throws her out of the matrimonial bed in order to bring his third wife, and that method continues.

The nobility of African polygamy is that his conscience demands that he should keep all his wives because he is concerned about the welfare of all his wives together with the welfare of his children.

During the reign of Mwai Kibaki , the third President of Kenya, he treated Kenyans to marital embarrassment over his marital status when he told a Press Conference that he had only one wife.

Like many top African political leaders, Kibaki has more than one wife but publicly recognizes only one, Lucy; he doesn’t want any one, especially his Roman Catholic Church, to know that he married Wambui, the second wife, through customary Kikuyu marriage.

It is wrong for a polygamous man to pretend he is monogamous. This is both an abuse and degradation of African nobility. Thank God that we have the most conspicuous man armed with marital nobility. This is President Jacob Zuma of South Africa who displays his wives openly and proudly to the embarrassment of pretenders like Mwai Kibaki, the retired President of Kenya.

Unearthing Buried African Values

Julius Nyerere, frst president of Tanzania.By the time Africans states freed themselves from European colonialism, there was very little of African values, leave alone aesthetics, that Africans could proudly stand for in defence. Using Shakespeare’s expression, the Whiteman had not come to Africa to praise African values but to bury African values and promote Whiteman’s values. How much of those buried values have we uncovered up to now?

The first Presidents, in the lead Kwame Nkrumah, Julius Nyerere, Jomo Kenyatta, Kenneth Kaunda and the others were forced to start restoring and building Africa cultural values from wrong cultural foundations. The first President to tackle the subject rightly was Nyerere with his introduction of African Socialism. Kaunda talked about African Humanism but did not go far.

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Kwame Nkrumah was the first post-colonial President of Ghana.In fact, by that time the library of Whiteman’s scholarship had published lots of works arguing that Africa was devoid of History and Philosophy. However, African scholars in the independent states took up to rewriting the cultural history of Africans. The question is, how far have they gone up to now?

The answer is,they have not gone far. In fact they are still in the woods. I take several points as examples to illustrate their failure. One quarter of world languages are spoken in Africa. Find out how many African scholars have a diploma or first degree in any of the languages whereas there are virtually thousands and thousands with doctorate degree in English, French, Arabic, Spanish, Italian, Chinese!

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Kenneth Kaunda, the founding President of Zambia.The African continent can boast of having the widest varieties of food stuff in the world. Those who travel round the world know how aggressively Chinese menu has been promoted and what commercial status it has reached. What about the African massive menu?

Africa can boast of holding the largest field of traditional medicine in the world. But have our governments and scholars any devoted persons in the discovery and promotion of African medicine, African psychiatry, African psychology, African dietary? What are the consequences of that failure?

Eighteen choppers flew politicians to the Nderitu Gachagua funeral in Nyeri

Government Extravagance Irritates Taxpayers

By Mbithe Waeni

Uhuru Kenyatta, President and Raila Odinga, Opposition Leader, at the Nderitu Gachagua funeral in Nyeri.Kenyans have just buried the remains of a former Governor in a ceremony that could be described as being ostentatious.

Nderitu Gachagua, the former Governor of Nyeri County in central Kenya, died in the British capital, London, where he was seeking medical treatment.

Sleek limousines snaked to the late politicians home where 18 helicopters landed at the nearby grounds of Hiriga Primary School.

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This brazen display of power and wealth in a country gripped with famine and for whose three million starving population the United Nations humanitarian agencies have appealed for global assistance did not go well with observers who accused politicians of misuse of public resources.

Eighteen choppers flew politicians to the Nderitu Gachagua funeral in NyeriIt is good to bury anyone with respect . But Gachagua’s burial, like that of other government dignitaries, brought the head of state and anyone else who matters in Kenya’s administrative and political structures to the Mount Kenya region.

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Mwai Kibaki, Retired President, at the Gachagua funeral.A visiting European friend who watched the function on television teased me, “Is the deceased your President?”

“Yes, he is our king,” I said.

“How much money is the state using on that funeral?” he asked then, without waiting for an answer, said the funeral would have been attended by a handful people had it been in Europe where our presidents go on begging mission.

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Some of the 18 helicopters that ferried politicians to the Nderitu Gachagua funeral in Mount Kenya region.But just think about the cost of bringing the President there accompanied by the Governors of Kenya’s 47 Counties, Ministers, Principal Secretaries, Parliamentarians, senior Civil Servants, security machinery, friends and families of those attending; all driving petrol-gazzling SUVs, Land Cruisers while others fly helicopters. Think about the amount of petrol used, the amount of money spent on officers outside their station, the cost of telecommunication, the loss of productive work hours . . . !

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Gachagua's remains arrive in Kenya from Britain. The Star image.And this resource-wasting extravagance is not confined to funerals. There also weddings and fundraisers, and launches and commissioning of projects and conferences and many other social functions.

Open Letter to the White House

France and Germany Could Hire Retired US President

 

Chancellor Angela Merkel receives US President Barack Obama on his last tour to Germany before he retired France wants to ‘hire’ former US President Barack Hussein Obama to preside over their affairs.

A group of voters calling itself Obama 17, according to Saturday Nation of Nairobi, “has started an online petition to replace all the French presidential contenders with Mr Obama.”

Contenders for President include Marine Le Pen of the National Front, Emmanuel Macron of En Marche!, Benoît Hamon of the Socialist Party, and François Fillon of the Republicans.Incumbent president, François Hollande of the Socialist Party, is not seeking reelection in light of low approval ratings.

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The contenders for President include Marine Le Pen of the National FrontObama 17, reports Aggrey Mutambo in an item published on March 4, 2017, contends that none of the contestants for the country’s upcoming presidential election merit being on the ballot paper.

France votes for President on April 23, 2017. If no candidate attains the requisite majority, a run-off election between the top two candidates will be held on May 7, 2017.

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Just before going into retirement in 2016, some Germans jokingly asked him to succeed their Chancellor, Angela Merkel, while he was on tour in their country, Europe’s largest economy.

Open Letter to the White HouseThe request not only enjoyed international media coverage but also went into record as one of the greatest appreciations of Obama’s political nobility.

How come Obama, who has a Kenyan father, is appreciated more not by Africa but by the Whiteman’s world? The Whiteman appears to know the best of what he wants and how to get it while the Blackman appears to know neither what he wants nor how to get it.

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Embattled François Fillon is running for President in the April 23, 2017 French elections.David G Maillu’s book and open letter to Obama titled, “Adoption of Barrack Obama as the first President of Union of Africa States (UAS)”, is important to Africans and the Pan-African Movement.

If Obama became an adopted President in Europe he would be there to sign papers and executive orders to preserve what has already been acquired. In Africa, Obama would be not only a pioneer but a spiritual leader and implementer of the much needed infrastructure.

Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria, is also in London undergoing treatment.

Why Do African Governments Sabotage Public Health Systems?

By David G Maillu

William Ruto, Deputy President of Kenya, was in Europe for medical attention.It is only when African politicians die abroad or epidemics like the haemorrhagic fever called Ebola breaks out that attention is paid to the failed health systems across Africa.

Here in Kenya, Nderitu Gachagua, the Governor of Nyeri County in the central region has just died in London, Britain, where he had gone for treatment. Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria, is also in London undergoing treatment.

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As I write, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe is in Singapore for treatment while a while ago Kenya’s Deputy President, William Ruto, was in Europe for medical attention.

It has almost become a tradition for senior African politicians to be treated and even die in foreign hospitals. This is not only an indictment of the political system but also an indication that hospitals across the continent are not up to standard.

Medical Doctors in Kenya protest against the county's Government that they accuse of reneging on a collective bargaining agreement aimed at improving public health in the country. A nationwide strike has paralysed healthcare across the country since December 2016. This reminds me of an article titled ‘BBC Africa Debate to Discuss Failed Health Systems in Africa’ that I read in ArtMatters.Info a while back. The article was written at the height of the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia in West Africa in 2014.

The article, that publicised a continental debate that was to be aired on British multimedia broadcaster, BBC World Service, says, “The Ebola epidemic has exposed the fragility of public health systems . . . with healthcare workers dying alongside their patients as they lack basic necessities. The epidemic also has exposed weak leadership from governments across the region, which have been slow to act, and revealed a potentially dangerous lack of trust from their electorates.”

That was three years ago. In West Africa.

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Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya's President, has been accused of not holding direct talks with medical doctors to end nationwide strike that has paralysed healthcare across the country.Back in Kenya in 2017, all top government officials including the President, seek medical treatment abroad while Kenya proudly talks about having the national teaching and referral Kenyatta National Hospital (former King George VI Hospital). It beats reason that Kenyan officials who run the government, including the President, should not be treated at the Kenyatta National Hospital not only for the sake of promoting patriotism and national pride, boosting confidence in our local medics and boosting the economy of the country by injecting the resources spent abroad in our own health facilities.

What these senior politicians are saying is that the medical service in local hospitals, including Kenyatta National Hospital, is awfully primitive and not worth writing about. This is not only disgraceful and disgusting but also irresponsible of the government! It is as shameful as hiring foreign military forces (read, mercenaries) to fight on our behalf while we maintain soldiers in our own military barracks.

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It is actually the Kenyan government which is had been engaged in the process of abusing and degrading health services from its national hospitals.

Back in Kenya in 2017, all top government officials including the President, seek medical treatment abroad while Kenya proudly talks about having the national teaching and referral Kenyatta National Hospital (former King George VI Hospital).If the Kenyan government was really responsible, by now it would have used its might to equip and modernize public health facilities like Kenyatta National Hospital and thereafter made it mandatory for all government officials, including the President, to seek treatment from public hospitals. In fact, the government of Kenya could be accused of deliberately running down public health institutions: it has little respect for doctors who have been on strike since December 2016; hospitals have few functioning medical equipment, drugs are unavailable while we hear that Sh5 Billion was stolen by health officials who are yet to be investigated and punished.

Ignoring Culture Undermines Development

By David G Maillu

Dissertation-clutching David G Maillu argues that ignoring African culture retards 'development' in all its possible manifestations.I am afraid we are on course for ignoring our cultural library and threatening our our cultural development. Instead of going forwards we are going backwards. That library holds an incredible collection of millenniums of socially and scientifically tested and successful living paradigms.

For instance, let us borrow a leaf from what happens in the Maasai community. If you steal a cow and you are caught, you earn the punishment of paying seven cows for the crime. The same goes when you steal a goat, sheep or whatever. Of course, paying seven cows is not that cheap. So, the victim cries to his family to help him raise the fine. The family responds with the assistance but on strict a condition that he should never, never repeat that mistake again. If he repeats the mistake he earns being disowned and chased away from the location or, in some cases, he gets disposed of.

In the culture we have imported religiously, you stand, as it were; that you only belong to the state. When you steal a goat you are arrested charged and imprisoned. But if you are smart, virtually you can buy justice through corruption. These days you can easily make profession out of stealing and getting away with it. The equation of your family doesn’t come in and its contribution y to national security safeguarding doesn’t come.

That explains why traditionally your family has the duty of exercising control over your social behaviour. If your family cannot contain you, it cries to your clan to help it contain you. Within that perimeter, your family would interfere when, as a married man, you resort to beating up your wife. Yes, she is your wife, but she’s your family’s wife too. You are because the family is and the family is because you are.

Within that framework, your sex is not yours exclusively. You are bound to earn your family’s punishment if you attempt to misuse or monopolize your sex. You should bear yourself with the realization that your sex is an asset to the family. The family is also capable of moving to help you solve your sexual problem.

It is a commonplace in traditional family that, for example, if the family has a married son who is mentally weak and there is fear in the family that he will end up fathering weaklings and subsequently weaken the family’s strength for its survival, the family takes a secret move to break the chain of fathering weakling. The family identifies an outside strong man and arranges for the wife to get a “seed” from him. The question of infidelity is overruled by survival necessities. This is religiously unquestionable. The outcome would benefit the family and, indirectly, benefit the survival the nuclear family. This is because a strong person within the family is good for the progress of the family. This arrangement is also applicable, going by the judgment of the family, if the husband is unable to father children with his wife.

The culture and religion we have proudly imported says that the sex of the couple belong exclusively to each other. Any deviation from that, whether for survival or for whatever reason, is a sin. It is also punishable by law. You are judged by the thermometer of your inclusive family. Your nuclear family is an engine put in place to run the collective welfare of the extended family on behalf of yourself, your extended family and community.

In other words your family is the watchdog of your nation. It is obvious what responsible role a solid family plays to the contribution of national security. This explains why in traditional settings crimes and jails do not exist. Now, what happens when you break away from the family hold in order to uphold the western concept of nuclear family where you pay tax only to the gods of individualism?

In spite of the many university graduates we are producing, in spite of the big multitudes of church worshippers flocking into churches and the big churches and mosques we are building, I am afraid, unless our social effort is founded on our cultural roots; the state is fighting a war that it will never win. Unfortunately, we are engaged in creating a culture of inhumanity and criminality in the name of civilization that, indeed, should be referred to as moral syphilisation.

Life After Death

By David G Maillu

David Maillu's painting titled 'Fate'.Let’s talk about our life and, first and foremost, give it a scientific glimpse regarding what life is. Life, science can also tell us, is a bundle of active and nuclear energy enclosed in a human body. That energy is a spark of the universal energy. You can say that spark is similar to the spark from the effervescent molten thing, like beer. The spark of the beer returns to the beer to become one with the beer. My hypothesis it that, scientifically, that is what happens to the “human” spark. It loses being active and returns to the mother universal energy.

Africa and the world, is full of uncountable stories, even scientifically proven, of people who have died returning to haunt relatives in form of ghosts, even when they had died decades ago. They are labeled as ghosts, spirits, angels, gods. They all have one thing in common. They don’t have tangible bodies. They are capable of appearing and disappearing and, like x-ray, they can go through solid walls perhaps, because they live in other dimensions.

There is a documented story that the ghost of Abraham Lincoln of America is, even up to this age, a frequent visitor of the White House, perhaps watching the behavior of the people and to quietly advice the White House holders on how to move on securely.

When I was engaged in writing the “African Bible” one of the participants, the late Professor Osaga Odak, retold us how, shortly after he was born and given a name, his parents suffered desperately from his endless day-and-night crying which went on for months until they became sure that the boy was going to die because he could hardly eat for crying.

Medical doctors could not help them at all. Until one day they were forced to consult a diviner regarding the fate of the child. They diviner told them a simple story that the child was crying because he was given a wrong name. The baby boy had a relative who had been dead for a long time. That relative was the one demanding that the boy should be named after him so as to invite him back to the family. The parents had no alternative but to do exactly that. They set off by dropping the name of the child and thereafter reorganized for a new ritual in renaming the child. When the ritual was accomplished and the baby boy given the new name, the crying ended completely.

Angel, an illustration by David MailluThis is not a new story to many African homes. This is why naming a child is a religious event in traditional Africa. During prayers, the dead-living spirits are given acknowledgment. The dead-living spirits live among the living human beings, although their role remains mysterious. There are endless stories of practical advice and revelation offered to the living by ancestral spirits. African religion has it that some of those spirits remain solid guides to the living where, if necessary, they can effect disciplinary punishment to the living in order to force them to reform. It is religious in Africa to acknowledge the potency of ancestral spirits for which the Whiteman has described as primitive and pagan religion.

If this sounds strange, return to the religions Islam or Christianity. For example, faithfuls strongly believe that Jesus is still alive. Both Mohammed and Jesus are ancestors believed to be dead-living. The Catholic Church bring into fold the Mother of Jesus and pray to her, as also they pray to other ancestors that include biblical Abraham, Jacob and so on.

Have we been faithful to our ancestors or have we broken traditional religious cardinal laws? Terrible things are written on our political the walls. Isn’t time for us to stop and take stock of our native religion regarding where we might have wronged our ancestors in order to earn and witness the awfully alarming happenings taking place particularly in the Central Province community?

Promoting African Values for Posterity

By David G Maillu

David Maillu sings, strumming his guitar, as Junxia Mbithe records it on a video camera.Recently I was confronted by one young man, let me call him Musangi who, perhaps in order to vent his frustration, argued with me sharply demanding, “Professor, what’s in these African values you people talk about which are invisible to us today anyway?”

I attempted to reduce his heat by advising him to simply address me as Maillu; but he backfired, “Why should I do that when you are one that lot?” On a light note he sarcastically said, “We look forward to that lot’s demise then we can find our own feet in our world and live happily thereafter.”

“That serious?” I asked and Musangi ridiculed, “Is your lot ashamed of getting old and becoming respectable elders? Every where I go I meet them with raven black dyed hair that they may to look young like us even when they are in your eighties?”

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From Musangi’s attack I realized something. That the old generation has gravely failed in delivering our traditional treasures to the young. That’s where the rains started beating us. Both the educated and the government should bear the blame.

Then I remembered Okot p’Bitek’s Song of Lawino in which the wife character expressed her pride is ridiculing the westernized husband. I further remembered Okot calling brides’ wedding dresses mosquito nets. Okot also asked the meaning of that rungu carried in Parliament, now spread over to be carried in parliaments of Country Governments without any explanation. Chief Justice Mutunga should be given credit for abandoning wearing that overflowing and stupid white-sheep-skin that Justice Gicheru was fond of wearing.

An epic fantasy graphic novel inspired by myths,legends, and historical events from across Africa as conceived by Kugali, a Lagos (Nigeria)-based arts outfit.The subject of “African values” is an immense subject that cannot be addressed in an article like this one. African values is the traditional cultural ship responsible for African interpretation of life and how to live that life. That ship is both the shrine and religion of the people. Period. That man indirectly was telling me we have defiled the shrine and almost become irrelevant to the present generation. Yes, there is the Kiswahili saying, Mwacha mila ni mtumwa; he who has abandoned his culture becomes a slave to other cultures. Very beautifully said.

However, on the ground we have not been promoting that culture. For example, in Kenya, we have got a Ministry of Culture that, ideally, should be the most important Ministry. But that Ministry is the most lost and toothless Ministry in the Kenyan government. Culture has been presented as watching traditional dances expressed by people dressed in skins, beating drums, jumping and the rest.

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Cultural promotion has been left to writers who, in any case, are working in hostile political climate in which they are perceived as liabilities. Notwithstanding, most of African writers run gravely short of being proud of their traditional values. That’s why they are at peace in aping foreign writers.

The government has taken a back seat in development and promotion of people’s cultural values. When Chinua Achebe wrote The Problem with Nigeria, instead of being given credit, he because the enemy of the Nigerian Government. The government was the mother and Achebe was trying to uncover his mother. The question was not what dangerous thing the mother was hiding under the dress.

The Centre for African Aesthetics GardenIn as far as promotion of African values is concerned, most African presidential regimes have utterly failed citizens. If there were courts of law for Presidents to face charges because of principally abandoning African values, they would all end in jail. But, those regimes have been terrorizing and imprisoning cultural activists.
The address should begin by answering this one million-dollar question.

What is there on the ground for the average person to make him/her feel proud of his cultural roots? When the visiting African Professor or Diplomat or tourist is travelling to Europe, Asia or America, what African values can he put on the bargaining table to show that he belongs to a civilization? He stands face-to-face with civilized people who are religiously proud of their cultural values when he is appears culturally rootless.

In nutshell African regimes and their Presidents are naked, crying to be dressed in imported clothes.

Back to my Musangi. I didn’t talk long with Musangi before I discovered that he had swallowed a couple of beers. Nonetheless, he had made an important point and was focused when he asked me, “Give me a sample of one of those values.”

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“In Maasai traditional law,” I said, “if you are caught having stolen a cow, you are sentenced to pay seven cows.” That is an effective deterrence for stopping your from stealing. Your family is involved in raising the payment. Your family is forms the checks and balances of your behavior. That is why your stealing propensity becomes highly controlled. In our imported law, your family is not the keeper of your moral register; you are on your own. If you steal a goat you will be arrested, charged and jailed. Which method is better in upholding morality – the imported or the traditional one?”

He agreed that the traditional one was superior. He opened the door for me to add that the integrity of the family is the backbone of African social order; and that a government is a replica of an extended family. The social fabric is broken in the nuclear the checks and balances of the extended family are removed. If the government catered for the full rights of the extended family, the government would harvest grand social order that would reduce sharply domestic disputes and need for the police force and prisons. In that traditional setting crimes were effectively obliterated from the communities and prisons did not even exist.

As things stand at this stage, it looks that the writer is the only messiah that could help in the recovery of those fast vanishing African values. His government is either suffering from both amnesia and shortsightedness. That’s awfully serious because the rot of a fish begins from the head.

The Case of English versus African Languages

By David G Maillu

We use language, any language, to communicate with others.I was in England, the motherland of the English language. Accompanied by an African friend, I had gone to pay a visit to an editor working for my British publisher, Macmillan. For a moment we discussed the problems of Africans writing in foreign languages over a cup of tea served by the editor’s wife. The editor did most of the listening as I did most of the talking, stressing on frustrations of Africans communicating in English, which is a foreign language.

When the editor thought I had said everything he wanted to hear, he cut me short by addressing both of us Africans, saying bluntly, “You people have given us a cultural technical knockout.”

“Why?” I asked and he replied, “To be frank with you, we’ve begun to I fear Africans awfully. If I now want to tell my wife a secret I will be forced to call her privately aside and tell her to make sure you’ll not hear it. Since you came I have caught you severally switching from English to your African language and talking exclusively while I watch and understand nothing. You’ve gone through the same educational curriculum as my wife and I have. Metaphorically speaking, you Africans know everything about us while we remain blind about your world and languages. Who is now superior to whom?”

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I am reacting to Professor Egara Kabaji’s article on Prof Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s claim that the imposition of colonial master’s language on us colonized our minds. Ngugi has a point; but that point is insignificant.

To start with, Ngugi has earned his fortune and has been rocketed into to his present status through the use of the colonizer’s language. He has hardly earned much from his Kikuyu language as beautiful as it may be. ANgugi speaking English and Kikuyu is superior to a Ngugi speaking only Kikuyu. And in the international market English fetches extraordinary price compared to Kikuyu. Please, at one stage we should stop romanticizing our traditional values; a gecko can’t be a crocodile because they look alike.

Erosion of cultures by David G MailluFortunes can be hidden among rocks of misfortunes. It is colonialism that shook the foundation and imagination of the African into action to be what we are today. Everything comes at a cost; truly, we have bought the present cultural change with the currency of loosing some important cultural foundations. This is best expressed by the proverb that says he who hides his genitals does not get a child.

English language as a colonial tool shouldn’t be seen outside the cultural context of the cultural evolution of humanity. In this part of the world English is the language we use in addressing social issues, prospecting for business, international communication, interpreting foreign values and synthesizing them with our values. It is the language that tells us who we are today in the world. It is the most important commercial tool we have today. For millenniums those mother tongues have always been there and they never took us anywhere far. We have always been black and that blackness has had no material value. It is English language that has brought the magic. English has brought a cultural revolution; cultures are no static but changing. We needed a crisis in order to start moving. That crisis was being colonized and given another more language.

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English doesn’t belong any more to English people. It belong to us. It is our language and copyright. The British lost it with its cultural values to their enemies forever. If there is any lethal weapon the British gave to its enemies, that weapon is the English language, which is mightier than the atomic bomb. It can be used to undermine and destroy the British too.

But the iron is, on the other hand, if there is any invaluable contribution the British did to the human race, it is English language. Without English today the world would be a different place. Was the British colonialism, therefore, a design by fate to benefit the world? Can you imagine what Kenya would be if the British didn’t colonize it? By being colonized, did we lose more than we gained; or did we gain more than we lost? Indirectly, your enemy is the best motivator of your achievements. We love more when our love is threatened. He who doesn’t know pain doesn’t know happiness, and food is tastier to you when you are hungry.

I didn’t answer him because the answer was obvious. However, this is what has become of the once-upon-a-time slave to the once-upon-a-time master. The slave is now the master because he has mastered the ways of the master. The master has no hiding place.

Every blow given responds with equal impact, says a scientific expression. It is not any more a debatable matter that the colonized is now engaged in a systematic process of colonizing his former colonizer. The colonized has snatched the colonizers idiom, language and culture which, the colonized will use to synthesize his cultural values and, in given time, those values collectively will be greater than those of the colonizer. That is, down the road, the colonizer will eventually emerge as the loser and the colonized as the winner.

The parable of the colonizer’s loss is held by the adoption of his languages which will add another feather to the hat of the colonized. It is so because Nature is a good balance of compensation.

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The union of Europe today in having a common currency and parliament is the birth of the pains of the European Second World War. Once upon-a-time European criminals were sentenced by being thrown out of Europe and exported to America and Australia. America today is superior to European countries. While the chased learns more how to run faster, the chaser learns how soon he can get tired from chasing.

As we talk today, the most ambitious continent in seeking knowledge is Africa. Every single country in Africa has many learners in all Whiteman’s countries. They study and absorb everything good worth absorbing, at a time when citizens of the Whiteman’s world are lying on their laurels. The Blackman is multiplying his intellectual capacity by stealing and emptying for himself Whiteman’s secrets of success. It is a plus for the Blackman but a minus for the complacent Whiteman.

The eventual return of all the learners to Africa from every corner of the world bearing the harvest of all the secrets of the world obviously will, in given time, revolutionize the Blackman’s world and make it superior to the Whiteman’s. The victim uses the heat of the enemy to weld and shape his own weapons. This is a chapter of a lesson for writers.

The African and witchcraft

By David G Maillu

'Fellowship' by David G MailluWhen we say that there is no scientific explanation in witchcraft, what scientific barometer does the teacher use to make that claim? What is science? What are the dimensions of science? Which science? I put it to the teacher that a lot of what we call witchcraft is centrally scientific.

African scholars have failed us in addressing the witchcraft subject and taken refuge in the Whiteman’s cheap conclusion regarding the validity of witchcraft. I am talking about a subject I have taken interest in for many years. Not in order to be a witch but a researcher. I have my findings in a forthcoming book titled, Revelation of Traditional Witchcraft, focusing on the Akamba community.

In order to throw some light into my argument, let me present one of my documented examples obtained from members of my family. I will protect their identities by giving them different names. The case took place in the later time of 1950s, involving an old woman, Kalewa and a grandson boy, Musau. Kalewa was a traditionalist who had never gone to school. She could give long lectures about witchcraft. But the quest matter of her lecture is not the subject matter here.

The case took place when I was schooling in the old colonial Intermediate School. The family of Kalewa had one most feared bull. The bull had terrorized the village as it could kill anyone. The bull was called Masimba. Masimba particularly mocked women who it gave nightmares. The family lived with fears that one day Masimba bull would kill someone.

One day the family decided to get rid of the bull by selling it to butchers. Kalewa loved the bull in spite of its aggression. However, when Kalewa heard the decision on the fate of the bull, she didn’t buy the decision. The family turned against her demanding, “Will you afford to compensate anyone killed by the bull?” Her answer was quick, “I will not afford.” However, she requested that she should be given a few days to think about the matter. The family granted her the request.

Musau was her favourite grandson with whom she had shared many good things and family secrets. On the second day she called Musau privately and said, “I don’t want to have Masimba sold. Do me a favour. When in the evening the cows have been brought home, keep an eye on family members. When you will see nobody around the home, come running and tell me.” Musau didn’t ask why.

It took nearly a week before Musau caught that moment. When he rushed the report to his grandmother, she told him, “Give me a moment.” She went into a private place for a while then returned to him holding her genital covering, ithalu. It was a cloth belt with a six-inch square covering in the middle. It was traditionally worn by women. Kalewa hadn’t weaned to modernity to start wearing pants. It was common knowledge that women hardly washed the ithalu. They would wear it unwashed until it was worn out then throw it away for a new one. Kalewa must have been wearing hers for years.

Kalewa approached Musau by handing the ithalu over to him and instructing, “Now that Masimba is in the shed, take this thing with you and go until you get very close to him. You know he can’t attack you because he is locked in. When he gets charged coming to you, let him come closest to you, then hit him with on the head with this thing. That’s all. After doing that bring it back to me.” Musau remembered that his nose could smell the item from the distance as he carried it.

That was what Musau did when Masimba charged threatening to destroy Musau. After hitting the bull Musau noticed something instantly. The bull backed from him and appeared horrified. However, after finishing his business he returned the item to the grandmother who said readily, “Masimba is now castrated.” When Musau asked how Masimba had been castrated, she answered, “Masimba will start licking people when they come close to him. Please, never tell anyone what we have done.”

Musau didn’t know what that meant until the next day. Apparently, Masimba had radically changed and become as tame as a cat. In days to come children would walk under Masimba belly and women would touch Masimba then Masimba would appreciate their touch. Masimba became the most tame bull the village had never known. The family stopped the sale. What happened to Masimba to have forced him that radical change?

One does not need rocket knowledge to conclude that Kalewa’s genital covering carried extraordinarily charges capable of neutralizing and immobilizing Masimba’s aggression permanently. If you want to call it witchcraft, do so. The explanation is that the human body is capable of producing extraordinary electromagnetic charges. Those charges are particularly concentrated in certain zones of the body. The leading zones are the genitals, the breast, fingers, lips and so on. This should be taken with the understanding that particular people have more charges than others.

Women making pots in many parts of the country have had experiences that when a particular village woman (witch) passed by and looked at the newly made pots, the pots developed cracks and got destroyed. That is why when they sport her coming, they protect the pots by covering them and surely the pots remain intact. The stories about people with “evil” eye are commonplace in nearly every community. These are people (witches) who, for example, when they look at a handsome child and throw a comment on the child, the skin of the child starts developing rashes. Children are more sensitive to that. In my mother tongue that effect is called kita and the worst of it is kithemengu which is the same name among Kikuyus.

The electromagnetic charges that human beings produce are the ones which the super sense nose of the dog uses to trace people. The dog is charged by being given an item belonging to the victim. Thereafter the dog smells out the movements of the person up to his destination. If Kalewa’s cloth was dropped somewhere a dog would retrace the owner.

Back to Ken Ouko’s case with the old Luo woman. The curse may be potentially dangerous. Africa is flooded with stories about the effects of curses. The so-called curses are delivered in electromagnetic charges produced by molested person when the molestation reaches the highest degree.

Even the snake-like fish called, eel, hunts by touching its prey and producing electric charges above 400 watts which are fatal to prey. The reason that witches make use human bones, hair, genital parts and the others have a big scientific story to tell. Ken Ouko should know that the human hair, bones, sweat, saliva, breath and so on, have incredible genetic properties which, for millenniums African witches have exploited in manufacturing lethal dosages. It’s sheer biochemistry science.

Our scholars are barely intellectual-plants grown in pots of the western scholarship. Thank God, if African scholars will not research of this incredibly rich field which, by unknown and strange reasons, are attributes of the Blackrace, we, the stupid Africans, can rest assured that the Whiteman scholar will eventually discover the treasure and do thorough research for us. He will consequently colour the results to suit his purpose.

(Bwana Ngunjiri, this is the part you asked for. Make sure the forthcoming book on witchcraft is nicely mentioned}

The quest regarding whether it is true that there is witchcraft power capable of punishing a couple engaged in adultery by getting stuck into each other, must be viewed within the bigger context of the dimensions of witchcraft. There is a shopkeeper in my countryside, at Muumandumarket who has used witchcraft to protected his shop from shop robbers.

On two occasions his shop has been broken into. However, when the robbers got the loot, instead of taking it away, they took it to the shopkeeper’s home. In Ukambani there are uncountable witnessed stories of protected homes that, when the thief goes to steal, he looses his senses and stays there until the owner finds him.

When the famous theologian Professor John Mbiti was a boy he witnessed an astounding event in his village when the countryside was invaded by locusts that wiped out every green thing, only for the villagers to be told that one farm belonging to a person connected with witchcraft, had not been touched at all by the locusts. He went to witness it and he was astonished to see it with his own eyes that, indeed, the locusts had not touched anything in that farm. He has published the report in his book African Religions and Philosophy. What kind of power, magic, medicine or witchcraft was that which kept locusts from devouring the man’s farm?

When I was a boy I fell ill and a traditional healer man was invited to treat me. In order to prepare his herb the healer asked for a goat to be slaughtered. My father pointed at the goat and when he moved to slaughter it, the healer stopped him then he asked him, “What’s the name of the goat?” My father replied, “It’s called Kelu.” Then, from a distance the healer greeted the goat, “WakyaKelu?” The goat jumped into the air, fell down and kicked its way to total death. What powers did that healer have with which to kill a goat by merely greeting it?

Witnessed stories of adulterous couples getting stuck during their act are many in Ukambani and there are known specialists who are consulted to bring that act into effect. Anyone interested in them should pay visit to the lower part of Kitui, Nguni, to meet the specialists. It is a practice which has remained active mainly in parts of Ukambani which have not been heavily affected by westernization. However, he should be aware of quacks who capitalize on the hunger of men who want to protect their wives from infidelity.

The protection is delivered in two forms. The first one involves some material used to kill the erection of any man who attempts to have sex with the treated woman. This treatment is more common. It is also used to neutralize the power of highly sexed women. The getting-stuck-in-sex act has few specialists, but is it real.

These cases have no scientific explanations, but that does not disqualify their validity. When it comes to matters of metaphysics, science, as we have received it from western scholarship, becomes a primitive tool of explaining all dimensions of life. This is because it is founded on empirical approach. Empiricism says if a thing cannot be detected in the workshop of science, then it does not exist. Science cannot explain why, long before the Blackman ever saw a Whiteman, in nearly every part of Africa there was a prophet who foretold the coming of the Whiteman, the features of the Whiteman and what he will do to the natives.