When I picked this book up, I was curious about the man the book was about. He is portrayed a certain way in Ugandan media and I wondered if that was all to him.
The brutha with the hoarse voice, always partly frowning, partly grimacing into the camera. Very confrontational – forever attached a UP pick-up.
If you have no clue who ‘he’ is – his name is Kizza Besigye, or KB – he belongs to and is one of the founding members of the FDC. FDC is one of the political parties in Uganda.
In all honesty, now that I have finished this book, I feel I got more than I bargained for. All I wanted to know was who is this KB and what his story was?!
Instead, I was quickly immersed into a intriguing story filled with so much history yet perfectly interwoven with KB’s life. A history of our country’s politics, the build up to the beginning of a regime – what was seen as a new dawn for our country.
Of friendships borne out of similar ideologies and patriotism. The endless switching of sides, the shifting of allegiances. An eerie sense settled as some scenes that bore a stark resemblance to present day events.
The more things change, the more things stay the same.
Context was finally provided to those headlines that screamed at us in the 90’s and early 2000’s. Those names from news broadcasts when we were too young to be bothered by current affairs.
In the book, KB relays the reason why he is doing it all. The reason behind the arrests, the protests, the low growls. It took me by surprise though, guess the entire book took me by surprise.
Ah, this book!
Anyway, the story aside, I found that Daniel’s writing is quite interesting – at some points, it felt like I was watching a documentary.
He cleverly tells the story from various points of views, switches between different periods to allow for context.
It was a very easy read; captivating and engaging.
Ps: I had NO idea that Winnie, his wife, was the first female aeronautical engineer! Geeking out!!!
Side Note: This is the third book I am completing off the 2016 Africa Reading Challenge. My reading list is here in case you are looking for books to add to yours OR if you have book I simply must read feel free to share.
Next book is the Africa39 – it’s a compilation of 39 short stories authored by some of the most gifted/talented African writers (south of the Sahara / diaspora).
I wonder if this counts as cheating, since this will kindda be like reading 39 books at once. Tehehehe, I will probably write separate reviews about each.
**hides face** I think I am having way too much fun with this challenge