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Fathers of Nations


Fathers of Nations is a novel full of satire and set in the contemporary African society. The story reflects on some of the major issues in African . Fathers of Nation brings to the reader's attention all that has been happening injurious in Africa but, in a jocular manner. The continent is rendered a worthy place that lacks a sense of direction. Most of the leaders have made their people voiceless, depicting them silent as they – the leaders continuously waste the common people’s valuable lives. There are millions of people on the knives edge of daily survival. Some countries are beset by war organised criminal networks that controll political power and economic opportunities.

Fathers of Nations depicts the horrors that continue to plague the people of Africa. In their hopelessness, the people continue to contain leaders who have blinded them with their uncouth form of leadership. The novel indeed paints a devastating picture of Africa.


In its plot development, we see the lives of four men from different parts of Africa. Amid their various misfortunes, the men get together to try and make a change. They want African heads of state to ratify a document that could transform the continent's economic fortunes. These four men have suffered under unmanageable political systems in their respective countries. Each bears a grudge against the system and has a reason for wanting it to change. They represent the values of humanity, empathy, and vulnerability.

Prof Karanja Kimani has lost his wife to a former university colleague and now turned politician. His only daughter dies in a fatal accident in Nairobi. Pastor Chineke, on his part, is a fierce man. His insistence on government accountability earns him days in jail. He is also prohibited from preaching. Dr. Abiola Afolabi is ditched by his American wife. He advises African heads of state but detests offering theoretical solutions. The last character, Ngobile Melusi, is projected as a failed politician. He finds himself on the wrong side of the political divide after independence. He goes through affliction for being Ndebele when the Shona president undertook to suppress his community.


Leadership crisis

Poor leadership is one of the main themes in the novel. African leaders are portrayed as people who cannot give a sense of direction to their countries. Instead, they are shown as flawed human beings who cannot rise to the challenges of their times. They are people experimenting with various ideological positions originating from different places. In the book, two groups develop two development agendas referred to as Path Alpha and Way Omega.

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The book goes ahead to portray how dysfunctional most African countries are. They are readily buy anything from anywhere. Unfortunately, in their hopelessness, the citizens continue to entertain a leadership that is blind to their plights.


The novel also paints a devastating picture of people on a knifes' edge of daily survival. International imperialistic networks of control have captured and imprisoned the continent. African countries are sucked into meaningless loans with international financial institutions. These development loans, though luring, have unrealistic demands. As a result, the continent continues to sink into the abyss of poverty. Wars and organised criminal networks distract the developments of some countries. The networks control all the political powers and economic opportunities.


The image readers also get of African leaders is that of a coalition of confused and manipulated people. They have suppressed the voices of the civilians, who are mere spectators as leaders destroy their sources of livelihood.

The book is a bold portrayal of post-colonial African countries. It is a continent where the most learned are impoverished because society doesn't value knowledge. Instead, it cherishes ignorance.


The novel shows that corruption is endemic in Africa. It is pervasive and Disastrous to African economies.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Millicent Okello

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