Temba Munsaka’s novel, The Fall of a Despot, is a gripping and thrilling story of renegade super military spies that had a fall-off with their superiors, including army Generals and the president of a fictitious country called Azambezia.
Temba Munsaka, author of The Fall Of A Despot
The book which is a possible and potential candidate for Netflix and Hollywood blockbusters centres around four special military secret service agents who rebelled against authorities after they realised that their government was no longer serving the interest of the people.
With the plot spanning over several countries including Azambezia, South Africa, Libya and Angola etc., the novel depicts what happens when the issues of unbridled political power goes haywire.
The mind twisting story gets super charged when the renegade spies realised that they were all set up into killing their own parents as part of their initiation into the secret service and this turned them into a rogue super unit that went on a revenge mission against anybody who was involved in the death of their parents.
The storyline and the vividness with which Temba narrates the whole ordeal does usher the book in the same realm of scripts for movies like The Hit Man’s Body Guard, The General Commander, Olympus Has Fallen, White House Fallen and Black Hawk Down among others.
Dan is the main character in this novel from start to finish, but his nicknames change with time, from being, The Boy, a childhood nickname and becomes, The Dealer, a super-efficient military sniper who handles big businesses for big people especially in the echelons of military and political power.
Using an exceptional command of military and spy language, Munsaka’s story telling ability gives a modern touch to narratives of military escapades in the field of literature in Africa to be general and Zimbabwe to be specific as once witnessed in novels such as Karikoga Gumiremiseve by Patrick Chakaipa in the 1950s.
With the sudden global attention on Africa in social, economic and political issues, the book is likely to be translated into a movie that follows the likes of Queen Sono, also an Afrocentric spy movie featuring actor Pearl Tusi and is directed by award winning Soweto born Kagiso Lediga
Netflix has become one of the prime platforms for movies and its penetration into the African market especially on viewership is substantial as shown in an article in South Africa’s techno centred news platform MyBroadBrand which reported a year on year value growth of 110%.
The article titled Massive increase in how much South Africans are spending on Netflix, dated 1 March 2020, reported that according to the bank, FNB, its customers’ increase on expenditure on entertainment stood at 110%, 45%, 231% on platforms like Netflix, Showmax and Spotify respectively.
With Africa suddenly becoming the central focus of and for movie content, The Fall of a Despot is likely to be turned into a movie script for a global audience soon especially for its relatable African story.
Movies like Black Panther which also features Zimbabwe’s Danai Gurira and Kenya’s Lupita Nyongo, with a storyline on Africa and the world’s corridors of power, went on to be a successful award winning movie project.
Africa, a Perennial Colony Inhabited by the Custodians of its own Poverty
Africa has been a serious victim of foreign colonialism for a long time under the brutal grip especially of former imperialist nations such as France, Belgium, Britain and Portugal among others who are believed to have impoverished and brainwashed its citizens.
The consequences of Europe’s colonisation of Africa can be highly conspicuous but that should not blind people from seeing that this continent has also been and is now under the yoke of native colonialism by its very own sons and daughters at the expense of their fellows, the majority of whom languish in abject poverty.
There is an article published in Modern Ghana titled Native Colonialism, Africa’s Ferocious Predator, which is about the localised ruthless tyrannical hegemony, based on the philosophy of primitive politics that says “grab all the power or nothing”.
We may talk of slave trade, colonisation and even modern day interference on African affairs by external forces but the real social economic and political problem of Africa is embedded in Africa itself with external forces playing an accessory role and only taking advantage of the native psychological genetics that breed actors of Africa’s prevailing ruling thought landscape.
History and current reality has proven that it is quite difficult to deliver an African brother especially from another cunning, manipulative and selfish African brother who warms himself in the sauna of the politics of power and indulges in the glory of the primitive one winner take all forms of competition and ‘excellence’.
If we really have to objectively look at our history here in Africa, especially considering the mostly used African proverbs and looking at the way how people named their domesticated animals and how parents named their children, you would see that Africa needs deliverance from rock bottom interpersonal hatred, entrenched divisions, glaring jealous and spiritual sabotage (witchcraft).
Benjamin Burombo, a black nationalist and a trade unionist during the colonial era when Zimbabwe was still called Southern Rhodesia said “Each time I want to fight for African rights, I use only one hand – because the other hand is busy trying to keep away Africans who are fighting me”.
Malcom X is believed to have said that “You have to be very careful introducing the truth to the black man, who has never previously heard the truth about himself. The brother is so brainwashed that he may reject the truth when he first hears it. You have to drop a little bit on him at a time, and wait a while to let that sink in before advancing to the next step”.
In the modern days, we have Julius Malema, a South African politician, who is one of the politicians that have on several occasions spoken about the self-hate which for long have mired Africa into the dungeons of socio economic and political abyss.
In a book that I wrote called Primitive Politics and The Poverty Machinery, I explain that a person’s wishes, dreams, aspirations, fears and concerns are determined by what he/she know about:
a) Oneself (your identity, ability, strengths and weaknesses),
b) Fellow human beings (their identities, abilities, strengths and weaknesses)
c) Nature (the benefits and dangers of water, land and air and the contents thereof).
The rock bottom interpersonal hatred, entrenched divisions, glaring jealous and spiritual sabotage (witchcraft) that is rampant in Africa is consequential to the prevailing information that its citizens consume from day to day as determined by politics, culture, religion, partisan intelligence services, redundant education and family upbringing among other factors.
It is this knowledge about oneself and the world around him/her which then determines people’s decisions and these decisions are the ones that determine the resulting actions.
Based on this philosophy, if you have wrong information about yourself as well as about other people and nature as influenced by manipulative and cunning politicians through their propaganda, you will develop wrong imaginations which will unfortunately cause you to make wrong decisions and subsequently you will take the wrong actions.
In this case, politicians and people who ignore or who do not know and understand the interconnectedness of nature, fellow human beings and their resources will unfortunately make decisions that interfere with peace and development as the case of Africa in its entirety.
Unfortunately, the corrupted information that people in Africa munch and booze on gives them a substandard and contaminated view of themselves and of the world around them to such an extent that they are prepared to die for their mind twisting tyrannical oppressors and massacre their own truth speaking genuine liberators.
In this way, they guarantee and promote their own continued impoverishment and suffering, thus automatically becoming the custodians of their own poverty.
Venture capitalist, global business speaker and serial entrepreneur Vusi Thembekwayo, in some of his videos and social media posts decries the attitude of the fellow black man on another black man especially when it comes to business and success related issues.
Thembekwayo is a thought provoking young business leader from South Africa who says his mission is to change the African narrative by challenging the mind set and approach towards achieving economic freedom.
Wars, resource exploitation and colonisation was not and is not only peculiar to Africa but was a global phenomenon perpetrated by barbaric and inhuman unregulated capitalist tendencies where ever an opportunity would arise.
As such, right thinking Africans with a futuristic open minded view should ask why Africa has always succumbed to what others have fairly resisted if it’s not because of her inherent weaknesses mentioned in the sixth paragraph above rather than the strength of the enemy.
Way before the arrival of foreign colonialists in Africa, the continent cannot be said to have been a war free and peaceful terrain since what the foreigners came to do, the locals were already doing the same among each other if history books have to be read objectively.
As such, for Africa to be the only perpetual victim and cry baby from decade to decade is mere propaganda especially when it is a continent made of countries whose leaders enjoy executive powers and privileges that are not aligned to tangible and observable results.
South Africa as a nation, though not perfect and while its economy is on a downward trend, it is still comparatively better than its poverty stricken neighbours in many respects because of its active parliament and rainbow population that makes it difficult to easily and quickly manipulate or brainwash people of such diversity at one go.
South Africans as a people, though with their own flaws, they still have it in themselves to hold politicians accountable to a certain extend compared to other fellows from the same continent who are manipulated left, right and centre by their heartless criminal politicians.
When I am talking about South Africans, I am not talking about those sporadic thieving xenophobic hooligans but the real well-meaning open minded Ubuntu laden Mzansi natives who have been hospitable, tolerant and engaging when it comes to their interactions with those from Africa and beyond.
Without the later, Southern Africa and much of the rest of Africa would have been in a much terrible situation than it already is in at the moment.
This is because these well-meaning South Africans have been the cushioning and warmth providing fabric to their fellow Africans who have suffered inexplicable first grade abuse in the hands of their own leaders in their very respective life choking and difficult to inhabit home countries.
Brian Kazungu is a Christian, Media Practitioner, Author, Poet, Technology Enthusiast, Entrepreneur and an Opinion Leader.
THE PRACTICAL EXECUTIVE: An Executive’s Ten Commandments: The Leadership Decalogue
This book, The Practical Executive helps you to create, provide, maintain and promote a conducive environment for the progressive and harmonious interaction of the factors of production (resources) in the execution of your executive duties (roles).
It guides you on how to increase efficiency and promote productivity across the institutional divide.This book simplifies the Executive roles by coming up with ten points that you must always consider in running a life transforming institution:
- 1)Mission Identification and Approach
- 2)Strategy and Policy Formulation
- 3)Priority Evaluation
- 4)Resource Integration
- 5)Staff Motivation, Performance Evaluation and Discipline.
- 6)Result (Product) Certification
- 7)Observation and Analysis
- 8)Systems and Approach Evaluation (Contingency Alertness)
- 9)Data Integrity Analysis and Evaluation
- 10)Impact Analysis and Evaluation
This book is for you, the leader!It is for Presidents, Generals, Chief Executives, Apostles, Ministers, Managers and every human being, because everyone is a leader.
The Practical Executive transforms your perception of the Bible and equips you to become an effective Marketplace Apostle.
It helps you to spread the gospel to men and women of influence through the presentation of practical and effective solutions to real life challenges.
One of the amazing benefits of this book is that you can also use it as a personal development toolkit.It is designed in a way that redefines your character through transforming your interaction with fellow human beings.
The Practical Executive develops you into a person who comes up with history making, informed personal and group decisions that you will always cherish.
The Hidden Hand or The Blind Reach Influence: The Biblical perspective of Sociology (FIRST)
This book exposes those circumstances that undermine your well being and helps you to discover those social issues that interfere with your morale and achievement. After reading The Hidden Hand or Blind Reach Influence you will be able to see how:a) You contribute towards your own misfortune. b) Others contribute towards your undesirable circumstances.c) You can take hold of your God ordained life to make informed decisions.The supporting scriptures in this book helps you to realize that the Bible is the source of all wisdom covering every social aspect of humanity. This is a handbook for Counselors and Caregivers, Social Workers, Bible Schools, Churches, Motivational Speakers, Parents and Guardians, Managers and Leaders (Policy Makers) who are interested in real positive development.This book equips you to be a person with an open mind, who looks at issues and circumstances objectively in order to make independent and informed decisions.It equips you with a critical and analytical mind that helps you to understand the world around you thus making you a better citizen of Planet Earth.
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