Books Of East Africa
The Tale of Innocent Imani is a rare fusion of poetry and prose, whose setting begins during the idyllic pre-colonial situation, on to the turmoil of change that characterises the colonial period and the subsequent daunting task of nation building. Born in colonial times in a tiny village, Innocent Imani struggles to emerge as a useful player in the larger scheme of things…
Drawn from rich Abagusii folklore and wisdom, The Tale of Innocent Imani is only second to the Ogot P’Bitek’s famed Song of Lawino. This may well be Gideon Nyakiongora’s own rendition of a new epic song.
“Brother, you seem to have ideas. Who would not like to be rich? Even those beggars you see out there want to be rich. If there is a way you can help us, help us. We have families now and our wages cannot meet our living expenses,” rejoined Nameless. “You are people who are burying your heads in the sand, I will show you the way,” replied Bouncer.
What is the ultimate value of identity, when one has to choose whether to live or die? What if it really is true that life is more important than food and the body more important than clothing? Can hope be generated in a desert devoid of the conditions necessary to nourish the soul?
The human spirit has a remarkable will to survive, even triumph when dealt the worst hand. This is especially true in the lives of Nameless, Vagabond and Anonymous, a trio of young men brought and bound together for life. Find out how the three excel against many odds in this reveting tale of survival.
God is the author of love and can endow it with whomsoever He pleases as He has done it with this family of Penzi, Mrembo, Pendo and Joy such that it is in their veins and flows freely as blood flows so long as the heart pumps it. True love is personified in Penzi and Mrembo, passed on to Pendo and Joy and to others and the world in general and can be summarized as Love so amazing. Let love rain and reign.
“Mrembo we met in a restaurant
How can it be that you were meant for me!
All my love I will give you.
Words of love I will sing for you,
Flower of my hear,
You kept me awake last night, my love.?”
Strange people had invaded the land. They would come with sweets to entice able bodied men whom they would eventually herd off to unknown destinations to serve as slaves. They would be yoked like oxen being prepared to till the land. These strange people used all manner of tricks. At times they would use persuasion and promises of goodies in their lands. Sometimes they would overpower their captives using brute force and then frog march them into waiting ships and off to new lands, half naked and chained.
The book is a profound commentary on historical and contemporary problems of the world. It handles the unforgettable historical experiences of slave trade and thereafter colonialism and independence and makes them fresh in the minds of readers in a stimulating and gripping story and thereby shows that human beings from all the corners of the world have a share in setting the captives of poverty and the suffering free. This is aptly captured in the title and ending of the story. The book reveals the didactic value of fiction on human beings and is not just for entertainment but has political significance as well.