Just a CallTHE MOTIVATED “BLACK BALL”by
John Walenga - November 2010
THIS game continues to excite the Villager. The high concentration levels that are required in this game are something The Villager has mastered. The concentration levels ascend as the game reaches its climax.
In a game of snooker only two balls are left on the green table - the “Black ball” and the “White ball”.
It is unfortunate that when the game reaches this end level, the Black ball doesn’t have any say whatsoever on the proceedings. It will wait to be directed by the White ball, which has since acquired the name, “the special ball”.
But why the White ball only? Why is it that only the White ball must remain on the table? What is so superior with this ball? And what is so inferior with the Black ball? Why is it that the White ball continues to abuse the Black ball each and every time? And why does the Black ball allow itself to be abused by the White ball?
Players of the game of snooker will tell you that this is the set rules that guides them. This set of rules cannot be changed by villagers. It can only be changed by the owners of the game who are based somewhere in the West, despite the game being played on the villagers’ “black continent”. This set of rules does not seem to benefit the villagers but rather the minority.
It is common knowledge that our laws in the Land of the Brave seek to accommodate the minority. Maybe, this is because they claim to have brought civilisation to Africa, or maybe because they have succeeded in explaining the meaning of the Bible to us.
They have told villagers that what we believe in doesn’t tally with what the Holy Book says. Why do they continue setting up standards for us 20 years after independence? Why is it that they still own the best properties, houses, cars, lands, and etc? Why is it that the mechanisms villagers have put in place as owners of the land short in addressing the imbalances’ that have led to the waging of a bitter struggle?
Yes, villagers have won the political war, but seem to struggle to win the economic war. But why, when villagers are the ones in the driving seat?
Why do villagers continue to write on the black paper with black ink? Why does it have to take long to realise that villagers are now on the same footing with the visitors? Yes, villagers have extended a hand of reconciliation to the visitors but they have not repossessed what was taken away from them.
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