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
252 pgs
The Old Man
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".

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