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The Gentlemen Of The Jungle Essay

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Each and every person must take his or her own bit of wisdom from the land of Africa, wisdom scattered generously by Mother-Africa to her children. These were the ancestors, the chiefs, the scholars, the bush men and women, the weak, the strong, and the brave. Let us examine such work of wisdom by Jomo Kenyatta in his short story: "The Getnlemen of The Jungle." As a Pan-African and great political leader, Kenyatta became the first president of independent Kenya back in 1963. His wise story, pulsate with humor, for all the so called Gentlemen were animals, reminded me, at my first read, of the Africa my grandparents encountered. I had to apply various thinking techniques to enable me pinpoint ...view middle of the document...

Please put your trunk in gently."Such generosity was enacted to Europeans in colonial Africa. They were given seats, even lands, to exercise their mission. An example of such action was in the Gold Coast, now Ghana, when the then native kings and chiefs allowed European settlers to build churches, court-houses, castles, prisons, and other institutions of the state, which, in fact, were all new to the African experience at that time."But what followed? As soon as the elephant put his trunk inside the hut, slowly he pushed his head inside, and finally flung the man out in the rain, and then lay down comfortably inside his friend's hut......the man, seeing what his friend had done to him, started to grumble; the animals in the nearby forest heard the noise and came to see what was the matter."Let's face it. The Europeans who came to Africa as good friends later deprived the African people of their rights. From then emerged an atmosphere of total dissatisfaction and frustration of colonial rule. The Africans felt betrayed, just like the elephant's friend, as seen above. The same sense of dissatisfaction and betrayal ignited many African scholars abroad to return home and fight for independence, and for the total liberation of all Africa. For example, Kwame Nkrumah made his voice clear to the whole world on his notion of "self government now" against the British control of the Gold Coast. Of course, many politicians the world over recognized his cry on behalf of the whole African population."In this turmoil the lion came along roaring, and said in a laud voice: "Don't you all know that I am the King of the Jungle! How dare anyone disturb the peace of my kingdom?.....The elephant, obeying the command of his master, got busy with other ministers to appoint the Commission of Enquiry......On seeing the personnel, the man protested and asked if it was not necessary to include in this Commission a member from his side. But he was told that it was impossible, since no one from his side was well enough educated to understand the intricacy of jungle law."Indeed, bitter it was seeing the entire African continent under the control of Europeans. It was during this time that they forced their own form of barbaric system of law and order upon the natives of the land, and then came a time of intense political and intellectual changes in Africa. However, for the Europeans, it was a time of consolidation, during which they attempted to build up more effective colonial administrations. By doing so, they set up various institutions of the state within which the Africans were barely appointed as civil servants solely because they were doomed as incompetent, or, more plainly, uncivilized. Like the lion, the head of...

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