Author Archives: nikiibu
I’ve just uploaded on YouTube the final instalment of Salia Koroma’s misadventures (adventures, if you insist), first, in Kono Country, and then in Kpa-Mende Country. But isn’t every one of Salia’s adventures a detour into a country that is at once zany, mischievous and playful, adventures that are at one and the same time extravagantly candid and tender, and cynical in their retelling?
Konuwa, look about you!
Shun the one who doesn’t want you in leadership.
-They’re a loaded gun you must step over as you go along;
-They’re a forest puff adder underfoot that you must step over.
Chief Murray, dear friend, don’t you forget that.
Were it to clasp itself to you, there is tribulation for you.
Salia Koroma, Kpomuma Jekele (version sung to Chiefs Konuwa, Murray)
Rain clouds gather, but only, for they will not break.
They will not break at all; only the Society is passing by.
Something weighty billows across the sky, hemmed in by rain clouds.
A Know-nothing may see it but will not, foolhardily, give it away
If you blab on about it you will not be back when you go.