Author: Awuor Amol

Freelance Writer, Social Commentator, Poet and budding Historian

Discussing culture is like walking mindlessly into a minefield. It is a subject that attracts unwarranted emotive outbursts especially when it converges at its most sensitive apex: traditionalism vs modernism. The traditionalists believe Africa should not discard her customs and beliefs yet embrace a few aspects of globalization that bring modernity. On the opposite end are modernists who are sympathetic to western values to suit the demands of the 21st century. Henry Ole Kulet’s Daughter of Maa is a hybrid of both worlds – traditionalism and modernism. Ole Kulet narrates the story of Seleina, a beautiful village girl, who is scheduled…

Book Review: Daughter of Maa via @theMagunga
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For the majority of us who have never gone to Iraq and most likely will never step there, Hollywood movies are always a godsend in mentally visualizing the ‘War in Iraq.’ After the towers went down in the 9/11 attacks, the then President George Bush, terribly shattered and rattled, declared an all-out war. It is during this emotive period that Bush singled out Iraq, Iran, and North Korea as members of the ‘Axis of Evil.’ Being a member meant that the country was either supporting terrorism or hiding its adherents from America’s long arm of the law. Now thirteen years…

American Sniper: The Half Story via @theMagunga
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“I’ve never been one of inaction. Everything I’ve ever felt strongly about, I’ve done something about.” – Malcolm X From the start, I will confess my fanatical obsession with Malcolm Little or famously known as Malcolm X.  It’s a bizarre monomania. A friend recently remarked: “You are beyond help.” He could be right. It’s a journey that has led me to soaking into the speeches of Malcolm with new fervor every waking day.  If it’s not a Message to the Grass Roots (The most mature political speech he gave) then it’s The Ballot or the Bullet; By Any Means Necessary or…

Under the Shadows of Malcolm X via @theMagunga
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There is an interesting page in The Autobiography of Malcolm X when he recounts how as a young man he used to conk his hair. Conking involved the use of a hair straightener gel called congolone that allowed the hair to be styled in different ways. The intention, according to Malcolm X, was meant to ‘look like a white’s man hair.’ At one point, he wonders if the ‘…Negro has completely lost his sense of identity…’ I believe some writers from Africa are suffering from what faced the Negroes in the 20th century. We are busy engaging in self-victimization by…

What If I Am An African Writer? via @theMagunga
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