Terrorists of The Aberdare – As Sonko Wakadosi arrived early to find the gates of heaven locked, that how his life ends in not finding the love of his life for despising his earthly status. Sonko Wakadosi in the book Terrorist of the Aberdere is a replica for hundreds of Kenyans youths who today are chasing wind and basking in their dreams as they wait for miracles to happen for them to leave in castles, drive state of art cars, marry miss universe and swim in riches. They have narrowed their minds in very silly ideas and invested their thoughts and energies into them without realizing life is not a straight line.
Sonkos life’s despite been a slang of moneyed depicts a ragged life that is pulled down by many uncalled calamities which blocks him from achieving his dreams but with the right mind like his friend Madirari who not only accepts his fate but works towards making his life better portrays that life is how you take it and plans for future without losing hope or your vision. Penina’s character also brings out the picture of our young women who want to betrothed to financially stable men, handsome, God fearing men forgetting what glitters is always not a gold and that’s why today they will even flock to the Nigerian pastor crusades to be prayed to get husbands or go further step to marry foreign old grandfathers for handouts.
Ng’ang’a Mbugua also attacks families and relatives who have become notorious in disinheriting spouses their properties in Kenya in the name of dowries yet some of them have never set foot to their in laws home to pay the same.
The government is not spared either as Kenya wildlife has to relook into its policies on human and animal conflicts as many lives are been lost in vain and their peanut compensation cannot turn around the situation. he is brings out the true picture of today’s politician who only find time for his constituents during funerals and sheds crocodile tears as he hunts for votes in the name of questioning the government ,knowing too well he will be seen dozing during the parliament proceedings.
This calls in my view for change of policies in government to conform to the new constitution which protects these rights while Kenyans should change their mindset and leave some of the retrogressive cultures that are holding us back. He goes further in tearing apart the life of the today Kenyan youth who is faced with myriad challenges like unemployment, lack of education, love life etc as wrestles them out of their cocoons and comfort zone.
Terrorists of the Aberdare pushes one to interrogate his life and point the ills and barriers in life and is a must read and especially to the youth as they try to find manicured lawns and paths of their life. The book is youth friendly with simple English as it tickles you as go down the hills and ridges of its rich themes with almost real life characters.
By Gachara Kariuki