Monday, December 27, 2010

Papa Elephant

He was a prosperous child of a man popularly known as Papa Africa who had 53 children. Africa and all his children were doing well. They lived peacefully with one another and helped each other overcome those natural and man-made disasters. Across the water lived a popular Master thief called Yankee. That was good news to Yankee. His father was a Christian but he had backslidden.

Around 1492, Master Thief sent his grandkids to steal the grand kids of Africa. They took them to their village where they put them in shackles and manacles and forced them to work for free for more than 200 years. They went and hid them in other villages so they will be working for them. After some time, some of Yankee’s grandkids revolted and said they did not more want to steal other human beings especially the children of Papa Africa.

During this time, the cousin of Yankee called Diana who lived in a small Island by herself had become an armed robber too. Rumor has it that thievery was a curse in their family, for they are cursed to steal only other human beings. She gathered her friends Marianne, Leopold, Charles, and Bismarck and they decided to go and live in Papa Africa’s village without his permission so that they will steal things to their own country and then change the village heads there. That was short-lived as the grandkids of Papa Africa drove them out after some time. Almost all have left except Marianne and Charles.

One of Papa Africa’s child- Papa Elephant decided to settle in the West where he shared boundary with a mysterious water called Atlantic and five of his other brothers- Lone Stars, Syli Nationale, Aigles, Etalons and Wagadugu. Their father had a lot of land, cattle and natural resources like gold, oil, bauxite, elephants and diamonds that made Master Thief, Marianne and Diana spend sleepless nights. They colluded to steal those resources.

The boy was getting prosperous, so he decided to join a little brotherhood group called ECOWAS. Little did he know these were turncoats to whom he has sold his soul. They survived by drinking the blood of their brothers. They began by encroaching into his land because he was an orphan.

Yankee was now using his cousin Diana as a lapdog. Diana too has made Yankee’s friend-Marianne her lappuppy. One day Diana entreated Yankee and promised him goodies from the exploit if they will kidnap Papa Elephant’s brother Warriors. Unfortunately, though the man was still young, he had a son in his early age called Bob. He fought them with his might and age until they left him alone.

Meanwhile, Marianne had heard that Papa Elephant had some two rebel sons called Soro and Quattara. So she supplied them with weapons and ammunitions so that they will rob their own father. Unfortunately for them, their father had a faithful son called Gbagbo. Gbagbo fought them until they retreated back to Etalons and Syli Nationale. Etalons had a very bad son who killed his own childhood friend just so he will replace him as head of the village. Everyone knew Compaore to be very mean spirited. When Marianne heard of everything that was happening to the old men in these villages, she decided to solicit the help of the notorious gang called the UN. This gang is known for kidnapping and raping the male children of the old man with a bent back called Papa Africa.

The UN called the Brotherhood –ECOWAS led by Badluck, and they planned a massive thievery through elections. When that did not work, they then decided that they will steal the old man by force. They began saying that they want to kidnap Papa Elephant because his son Gbagbo has stolen the title of family head. Everyone knew that the gang, master thief, and especially Marianne only want all the utensils in Papa Elephant’s house. “Having they stolen enough?” Asked a passerby.

Their neighbor on the east was papa Wagadugu who had a son called Rawlings- a blunt and frank no nonsense man. He governed his father’s house so well until he passed it on to his younger brother. He told the gang, Master thief, his lapdog and her puppy dog to stop that hypocrisy because he saw that the gang and master thief were planning to kidnap Papa Elephant.

The Rumor Mill popular Newspaper said the other day that this time they may be in for a rude awakening because the grandkids of Papa Elephant are waiting for them. His kids are no more small and naïve like they were before.

What would you do in the place of Papa Elephant? What are the other kids of papa Africa doing? Why are they sitting quiet while Yankee, Marianne and Diana are kidnapping and raping their villages? Please leave Papa Elephant alone!

Until then, I wish Papa Elephant well and victory over his enemies.

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk.

“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

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