Culture we do not need!

You learn how to cut down trees by cutting them down. ~ Bateke proverb.


Albert Chinualumogu Achebe wrote beautifully in Things fall apart, a novel that depicts the life of Okonkwo, a leader and local wrestling champion in Umuofia – one of a fictional group of nine villages in Nigeria inhabited by the Igbo people. It focuses on his family and personal history, the customs and society of the Igbo and the influence of British colonialism. The underlying theme was to capture the culture of an African people, more so the Igbo community. Chinua was inspired to write this book as a response to European authors had maligned and erroneously captured Africa as godless, backward, dark and uncultured.

Every people, country and state has its own way, mechanisms that gel together to form a nation existing to serve its people. Some however, have encouraged cultures that have worked against it, bring a country once full of glory to its knees, with its people reeling in shock and bracing themselves for harsher economic times.

Kenya is one such place, I worry for our state and for the State.  Proverbs are wise sayings not meant to be repeated, but exist to be learnt from. One proverb that we can learn from is this.

 You learn how to cut down trees by cutting them down. ~ Bateke proverb

It is plain, actually stupid simple.

The only way to eliminate is to eliminate. Kill Corruption!

Corruption has been our Achilles hill for as long as I remember. It has eaten us from within, and now it owns us. I am not one to be party to dooms day prophets, but if it walks like a duck and sounds like a duck, then it is a duck!

To Cabinet secretaries who find customized condom dispensers of more use than increasing the basic pay of policemen, I say, The poor man and the rich man do not play together. ~ Ashanti proverb.

To those ministers who buy “stainless steel” wheel burrows that cannot serve their purpose I say, One cannot both feast and become rich. ~ Ashanti Proverb.

To those who borrow from Peter to pay Paul while lining their pockets with the interest, I say, The wealth which enslaves the owner isn’t wealth. ~ Yoruba proverb.

We all want to break free of the rat race, but where will you spend your wealth if you country is no more?

I thank for the quote challenge. Now I nominate these three able folk to partake of this goodness.

Nasaye @nasaye, https: Hazel @ // and Wairimu @

Author: spicewithlelo

I will tell it...brace yourself!

8 thoughts on “Culture we do not need!”

  1. I finally read Things Fall Apart this summer, after two years of living in Bangladesh. “Developing” countries are being sold a bill of goods, and most are buying it. Nice article. Thank you.


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