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Posted - 25 Nov 2013 :  20:46:19  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message
By Suwaibou Touray

Foroyaa: Published on Monday, 25 November 2013

The State of Fear
Mr. Michael Hamadi Secka, the author of ‘State of Fear’ is born in Basse Santo-su on 12th December 1963. He is currently working with the Curriculum, Research, Evaluation and Development Directorate in the Gambia. He has authored 15 books and his latest books include The State of Fear, Marriage In Trauma, Cassamance Bleeds, Early Morning In The Village and The Horrors of The Back way.

In ‘The State of Fear,’ the author attempts to elucidate on a perpetual fear exerted on a group of people asked to render services to their state; that in the state, there is absolute perfection displayed by an individual. All the others playing their roles are subjected to a close scrutiny and that the least error they commit, they are whisked out of office.

As this is the case, all the other stakeholders are haunted by fear. These people when they are to play their roles, they are cajoled and highly inspired, but when they are to be sacked, they are met with the highest form of malice.
Having to work under such a situation, the people working together hardly trust each other. Since they are all working tirelessly to serve the Godfather, but not in the interest of the state, there is a high competition as to the one who wins the Godfather’s attention.
People share the same work, same entity, same ideology, and every other thing, yet they do not trust each other. These people working for the same purpose tend to be checking on each other. Everything seems to be performed by the Godfather who seems to personalize the entire state ramifications.

These people, who failed to learn from history, overdo things at their own expense and languish in remorse places and regret when they get the sack. The Book “Early Morning in The Village” comprises some poems that tend to look at salient issues prevailing in various societies.

The author uses poetry as a mode of communication to express his views about certain issues. The poems are simple and easily digestible, they are purposely meant to be read and enjoyed, and the author uses this style simply to provide a reading material for the entire readership.
According to the author, the poems are by no means a forum where he had chosen to hide behind his pen and be cynical, but it is purely his imagination.
The poet has also used simple figurative speeches to further expose the imagery, theme and the background of the poems he wrote with a view to helping the reader develop a critical mind.

The Book: Marriage and Trauma’ focuses on the womenfolk and the frustrations exerted on them during their maternal life. The author describes traditional marriage and the torment that awaits the woman sometimes inflicted by the husband himself. These women are made to bear the brunt of such marriage arrangements that carry very severe conditions placed on them.

He cited a husband who went abroad and want to secure documents there while making the wives to believe that they must enter into marriage arrangements with other women in those countries before they could secure such documents as they continue to endure the suffering in such European countries where citizenry status will not be permitted to aliens searching for greener pastures.

According to the author’s narrative, this persistent requests by the European woman for their husbands to return home with them exerts tremendous pressure on the man in addition to the requests made by the home based wives who have been waiting for years for their husband. “Love is seriously injured following any attempt to cheat a partner; these women would seriously be tormented.
Their rights punctuated by agonies upon agonies as they imagined their own love snatched away from them by a fellow woman”. The author describes how life would be like for such women and how society would provoke them. These are issues that would not be discussed, but would be exposed to the public space for all to see.

The trauma goes beyond this scope; that some women aware of the cheating are psychologically forced to enter into similar marriages, but different arrangements to avenge on their husbands but be dubbed prostitutes by society which eventually receive a backlash from the husbands abroad, thereby putting a long marriage arrangement into jeopardy where the children are the victims.

The Book ‘Cassamance Bleeds’also comprises some poems being used as the mode of communication to express his views regarding certain issues.
The author describes the cries of the victims of conflict and their desire to end the war where innocent blood is spilt, a lot of resources wasted, enmity grows and eventually spilled over into the next generations.

The author is calling for an action, consultations, frank mediations and honest reflections in the interest of posterity; that even though it is Senegal/Cassamance issue, but it is also an issue of the African Union and the world at large to put an end to it. The author, Mr. Michael Hamadi, is a prolific writer who does not mince his words, but describe situations as they are.

All these four unpublished manuscripts are best reading materials and the author wishes to seek for help with a view to publishing them.
The books are describing the Gambian and African scene and culture thereby encouraging the people to continue reading African books to revamp the enthusiasm generated by the then African Writers Series. He also urges readers to look inwardly and become critical; that since Africa has liberated itself from colonial bondage for decades, it could not continue to heap blame on the Americas or Europe for its failures; that it is therefore daunting on the African leaders to struggle hard and make a difference from that of colonial rule.

Source: Foroyaa

A clear conscience fears no accusation - proverb from Sierra Leone
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