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European colonisers rationalized their financial establishment in foreign countries to conceal their strategies of increasing power. It is put in deeper perspective by critic Noam Chomsky: “The mindset is barbarian sort of backward inferior; and for their own benefit we have to uplift them and civilise them and educate them and so on. The psychology behind it is kind of transparent.” In that sense, the worst crime was the crime of ignorance. The main characters in Death and the King’s Horseman are haunted in their conflict to find themselves among radical changes of the face of their culture. There is no such thing as a smooth ride to equality in Africa. Though, when a limited freedom becomes available it seems that most people would rather focus on superficiality of life, and choose to ignore the bigger picture like in Sizwe Bansi is Dead.

Mr. Pilkings took the practical use of other alternatives to conform the natives than the devastating language of guns. European colonisers saw the potential in dressing people in the roles of slaves. The initiative can be compared to door that is half open. The British Empire executed a plan of creating hierarchies within the field of inferior workers; in that sense, decorating people with insignificant titles and pretend to be on some level with them. Establishing positions of all kinds was part of the tactics to fulfil their needs without as much complains. Amusa, the policeman, and the servant Joseph are good examples hereof. Both of them served as a device to achieve a weak compromise between the colonisers and the natives. The inferior’s appetite for food and materials were fulfilled, but it was done under the strict requirements of working as tools to protect and load the pockets of the invading forces. Hence acting was involved on both parts, but the strongest link forced people to choose sides.

African’s were given limited rights to perform their life rituals. Elesin (in questioning to his desires) was in fact prevented from going through the final stages of committing suicide. The Yoruban’s had found difficulties in complying with the demands of the colonisers. However, the merciless atmosphere of overwhelming power forced the general of people to change despite their will. Olunde highlights the hegemonic perception of the colonisers. “You believe that everything which appears to make sense was learnt from you.” African’s who used to pretend started to believe in their lower status, as progression could just be achieved in the home of the colonisers. In conclusion, dictatorship was an important component in moulding natives like Amusa and Joseph. Nonetheless, the main difference between them is each opposite stand of respect to culture. Muslim Amusa declined the offer to look at a traditional egungun dress. Joseph, however, is not intimidated to stare because it bears no meaning for him.

Religion was also used to rule whole populations. Joseph is a blind convert to a culture that...

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