In a fast changing African political landscape, it is important for books and films to highlight the change from the waning days of the Cold Civil War, the arbitrary nature of African boundaries, poor leadership and flat independent decision making, to the gradual progression of African states.
Making it’s way to everyone’s reading list is a book that touches the political ills that afflict this continent, Kasali’s Africa.
Written by Feyisayo Anjorin, Kasali’s Africa follows the life of protagonist, Kasali Adebayor – a barely literate farmer, who lives in the distant end of Akure, his home state’s capital city with his five wives and numerous children, gets a unanimous vote from all the farmers in the state as the head of the state farmers’ union; this happens at a time when government policy direction favours the agricultural sector.
The popular farmer, unprepared for the burdens of fame soon gets the attention of Liberia’s dictator, President Samuel Glay.
This story struggles with the encroachment of the modern on the domain of the ancient in West Africa of the late 80s and 90s, as the states struggle in the treacherous waters of local politics; the time of the Liberian civil war, and the Sierra Leone diamond wars, and the military government’s devastating grip on power in Nigerian.