Lucius Banda

LUCIUS BANDA: MY MUSICIAN. YOUR MUSICIAN. OUR FIGHTER

-A microscopic analysis of “not easy road” the African stream of perpetual tears

NEWS | MUSIC | SONG REVIEW

By Anderson Manning’s Gowa.

If there is a skull that yours truly would make switch with, without any second pondering, then it is that of Soldier.

And if Entertainment Malawi had a recognized University by NCHE standards, I personally couldn’t hesitate but stage a demonstration petitioning it to confer an honorary degree on the veteran soldier, a man who has stood the taste of times and generations.

Unfortunately, EM is just an online media that has just freshly outclassed the many Online media houses widespread in Malawi to scoop this year’s Lake of Stars best online media platform.

The Balaka citizen is a true gem of powerful political lyrical composition that leaves local politicians with more questions than answers, as to who the man from Balaka is.

But in “Not easy road” he takes a private jet away from the local political scenery to prick the very core things that have left Africa and Africans in disarray; “The political underhand dealings of the Whiteman”

Find some shade on your free time, as you are having good time on your Ndakhuta ndalema sofa, with your bottle of your favorite thirst-quencher on the right or left side of your hand or whichever hand you feel comfortable with.

In the course of sipping your lovely beverage, take time to render your ear to Lucius’s “Not Easy Road”.

If you care about the plight of Africans and how the Whiteman has managed to maneuver with his filthy feet and hands on the success of Africa and her citizens, then this song is a must pay attention to.

When this song was being released, the scriber was very young hence unable to fathom the equation the Balaka citizen was preaching in “not easy road.

But some years after its release and the baptism of intelligentsia the writer has supped plus the true reflection happenings on the global earth, Lucius Banda must be buried as a Hero on his death and the reporter will surely lay a wreath of honor for this hero that is, if he is alive.

This is the cry of the people,

people who have been victimised

by the three kind of slavery,

slavery, colonialism and the donor country

Commences “not easy road”. For those who are akin at following world political trends, they will surely agree that the very three things stretched out by Soldier are the very packages that have left Africa and Africans with a perpetual begging bowl to his imperialistic masters.

Slavery was the fulcrum of Africa’s preamble of disaster. It indiscriminately grabbed the very brave men that roamed Africa’s villages to the land of the Whiteman.

In inhumane settings, our forefathers were transported afar to build the imperialist development, living behind desolate, feeble, and old men; a process that has hugely handicapped Africa till today.

Just appreciate the African-Americans that are in the United States of America and other western countries and you will appreciate Soldier’s insinuations.

A larger percentage of them are tall, heavily built men that you can equate them to the biblical giants in the time of Noah, the Nephilim.

Come back home and in neighboring countries, picture most Africans, very frail, with wanting physiques.

And true to Soldier’s articulation, if and only if our strongmen were left to build our lovely continent, the usual narrative of Africa as a sister or a brother to impoverishment would not be within the lips of global village.

As if Lucius is done pocking holes into the Whiteman’s wish to annihilate Africa and send it to the gallows of wanting to be his underdogs, through slavery, he picks out another ill, a new formula to downright handicap the Blackman “colonialism”.

Under colonialism, anything to do with Africa was inserted in on class “barbarism”. Under the prisms of the Whiteman, Africa was seen as a dark continent composed of a bunch of uncivilized people who are full of hatred and at constant war with one another hence requiring uninterrupted tutelage of the knowable one, the Whiteman to heavily polish the black man to the level of a European.

Colonialism was a precedent whose hallmarks are still haunting Africa to date. Africans were told to abolish their culture, customs, beliefs, language and their way of life to adopt the language of the Whiteman.

Just fancy what was happening in the British colonies, the indigenous people and the British were segregated. Social institutions like schools, recreational facilities, and hospitals were maintained for different racial groups.

Transportation was often broken down into first class, second class, and third class. Schools were often racially designated, as were hospitals and bathrooms in public buildings. Transportation, for example, buses and trains, was not racially designated, but the use of higher fares and local customs made sure that Africans kept their place—in third-class coaches.

The hut tax and poll tax heavily affected Africans as the wages that they Africans receiving at the end of the labor offered were to a larger percentage paid back to the Whiteman through the evil called Tax.

The tricky part was that the wages were paid in the Whiteman’s currency and the only option that was left for Africans to fend for the European currency was to accept the Thangata system where they were paid meager salaries divided into partly cash partly food rations.

Nowadays, the Whiteman is coming clean on gender but what was happening during colonialism was the highest inhumane treatment to our dear mothers. For instance, when a family went to work at the Whiteman’s business, it was only the man that was paid.

The culture which we are fighting hard to preserve or revamp evidenced by the many cultural groupings that have mushroomed recently, Mlakho wa Alhomwe, Wumba wa atonga, Gonapamunya, Mgumano wa Asena and myriad others was and probably is a thorn in the eyes of the western tyrants.

Just look at what a lieutenant governor of Senegal in 1902 was quoted as telling African students at a local school,

“The French language is the language of the entire world, and you are not an educated or distinguished person, whatever your race, unless you know how to speak French … To speak French, my young friends, is to think in French … it is to be something more than an ordinary man, it is to be associated with the nobility and destiny of our country … Love France with all your strength because she loves you well”.

Visit to French countries, the assimilation policy and one way marriage policy where the Whiteman was marrying our women and not vis-à-vis has comprehensively buried the African way of life and what is prevalent is the French way of life.

Africans were transported in afar lands to fight in a war they had no knowledge of. In large numbers they died.

The mind boggling part is that when the Blackman arrived back on the African soil fighting for a war of whites, an African only received the Khakhi Uniform, while his white counterpart was given huge sums of capital and lands in Africa.

This is callousness of the highest order and Lucius could not hide it in “Not easy road”.

When colonialism ended, all was left in the hands of Africa. But that was on paper, in reality till today the Whiteman is still drilling holes in African affairs and stirring the African automobile to the dungeon of untold miseries.

He is the one who is sponsoring the civil wars that are devastating our continent.

Why?

He manufactures weapons as a business and for a ready market, Africa and other countries have to be subjected to a whirlwind of perpetual chaos.

As if he is done with the orchestrating wars, the Whiteman has come up with his own way of bringing back colonialism.

He established a remote control called the Bretton woods institutions comprising the International Monetary Fund and the World bank operating under the tag of donor community to impoverish Africa.

The Structural Adjustment Programs initiated by these organization have initiated the rise of poverty and economic disparity between Africa and the West.

These conditions have forced Africans to adopt alien policies with the view of pleasing the man with a white colour.

It hasn’t been an easy road,

it hasn’t been an easy road

Why should Zimbabwe suffer because British farmers would like to farm there,

how many Zimbabwean farmers have farms in Britain?

why should the African constitution remain unchanged when in Europe have the same king and queens… Slavery must be paid for

On a loud tone, the Soldier from Balaka fearlessly sends missiles to the Whiteman to do what it did with Germany in the Versailles Treaty. To pay reparations for the untold suffering Africa has been subjected and is being subjected to by himself and his egotism.

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