After a successful career as a government Minister, the Old Man
breaks ranks with the Big Chiefs and is banished to a remote
outpost in the Northern Frontier. In an emotional recollection to
the Boy, the Old Man reveals how the Big Chiefs used the
colonial labels of tall and short to set their subjects against one
another. Although he is caught up in the genocide that ensues,
the Old Man lives to tell his story, albeit with bitterness. The
mind-boggling question to the Boy is why a people who fasted
and feasted together, birthed and buried together, lived and
reasoned together; intermarried and integrated, should suddenly
rise against kith and kin. Yet, like the Old Man who had made it
to the top, romanced with power and wealth and came tumbling
down to the Pit, the young generation is only but searching for a
spark of light to illuminate the inherent evil so evident in the
hearts of men who believe in the right of might.
The Big Chiefs is the story of greed for power and wealth at the
expense of humanity.
In this apocalyptic novel, Meja Mwangi, spins a moral tale
of courage in the face of overwhelming odds, and tells a
story that is full of love and compassion, and one that is as
heart-warming as it is disturbing.
|The Big Chiefs
hm books, 2007
|The Old Man
|by Meja Mwangi
|HM Productions Intl. All Rights Reserved
|copyright 2008 by HM Entertainment Inc.
|"... i find this novel (The Big
Chiefs) a great piece of
literature, impressive and
despairingly reflecting the
realities, despite its ending. I
actually virtually saw it as a
piece of theatre and could very
well imagine it performed on
stage. It has a power reminding
me of Waiting for Godot".
Schweizer Radio DRS
|THE BIG CHIEFS