The slow awakening of the people of Bulembe to the true meaning of ‘independence’ encapsulated in the parallel stories of the Kamuyuga family, who shed their old identity and turn into the wealth-grabbing ‘Alkarims’, and Lubele family, who remain exploited peasants.
But do the people remain caught under the Burderns of the past, blinded by the skin deep ‘changes’ of the present? This is revealed through the eyes of Simon Lubele, son of Bulembe dedicated to real change.
Hamza Skko renders the tranquil beauty of the Anyalungu plateau on which Bulembe lies, deep-rooted customs of its peasants, the crushing twin burdens of static African tradition and oppressive colonial achinery with poignancy and quiet insight.
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