During his lifetime, Okot p’Bitek was concerned that African nations, including his native Uganda, be built on African and not European foundations. Traditional. Editorial Reviews. Review. “It is simply refreshing to have this vital title and seminal contribution Song of Lawino & Song of Ocol 1st Edition, Kindle Edition. Song of Lawino & Song of Ocol has ratings and 38 reviews. Tichaona said: Taking the book solely at face value, Song of Lawino & Song of Ocol are vers.

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This is an amazing read if you want to understand the cultural clash between different local groups in a recently-colonized African nation, specifically, how “modern” culturally col Had to read this book for class in high school while covering African literature.

We also have our political clowns, political executioners, political spits, grafters in high places, as every other continent has.

And in the end oco, books have destroyed him: And in the end the books have destroyed him:.

*Song of Lawino & Song of Ocol*: Colonialism’s Remnants in Africa

For all our young men Were finished in the forest Their manhood was finished In the class rooms, Their testicles Were smashed With large books! Ocol only needs treatment to rid off of his disease. If Lawino has learnt one way of life, why should she change?

When the physical remedies have been completed, Ocol will be ready for the real cure. Some of her comments are little more than scandal-mongering for example when she first attacks Clementine, the climax of her abuse is: They zong in fact be more revolutionary than the intelligentsia; but the problem here soong that Okot presents us with a seemingly simple peasant woman and then turns her into a political scientist without creating the circumstances that give rise to such a transformation.

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In her chastising of a man who has turned his back on his people and their customs threatening to “uproot the pumpkin,” in her wordsscorned wife Sonh also gets in some digs against Western concepts of time, Western-style dancing, and hypocritical Catholic priests.

Comparing the modern technological concepts of time with Acoli concepts, Lawino describes the Acoli idea of late morning in the following terms:. Then why do they not join hands, Why do they split up the army Into two hostile groups? Along this Chapter, we also see Lawino’s wit at work when she gives an account of the differences between European and African traditions and values.

There is also a long tradition of priestly hypocrisy, and of literary mockery of this hypocrisy. Lawino alluded to this earlier when she raised the question to Ocol: Okot’s most serious challenge is to the scholar:.

Ocol is also politically active, presented as the leader of the Catholic ‘Democratic Party’; his main, despised political opponent is his brother, leader of the Marxist ‘Congress Party’. In Section Thirteen, the last section, Lawino’s whole approach, manner and tone of voice change: This talent is coupled with a sense of humour and an ability to admit her weaknesses in a clever way, as in the following passage in which she cunning confesses that she is sonng of the woman laaino ostensibly despises: And it is not only the other party that he condemns.

Nov 30, Faxe rated it really liked it. It is interesting to compare his description of the walk to the well.

She wants Ocol to behave like her husband. May 19, Instead, they will erect monuments to the architects oocol African colonialism-Bismarck-David Livingstone, Leopold of Belgium and others:. My interest in human affairs notwithstanding I find myself bored by the stories of European expatriates living in Africa unless they address the colonial nature of th Traditional remedies should have some place here in Africa, but they cannot solve all her medical problems.


Don’t see your favourite store? Then, Lawino goes to attack:.

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However, peeling back the cover of the words even a tiny bit reveals a woman committed to her indigenous culture versus a man who thinks that her culture needs to be removed from the face of the earth. To uproot pumpkins, even when you are moving to a new homestead, is simple wanton destruction.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: In the years since Uganda’s independence, there has been a great deal of reassessment of missionaries views of African traditional beliefs by African Christians. He forbids Lawino to talk to the man who may one day become her husband. Kecintaan dan dedikasinya terhadap budaya bangsanya merupakan hal yang patut ditiru.

Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol

ane Okot’s most serious challenge is to the oc Ocol will let neither Lawino’s relatives, nor his own relatives into his house because they might make it dirty or give diseases to his children. In this same chapter we notice that Lawino is not only witty, she also versatile, conjuring up all kinds of images to bring her going home.

The section falls into three major subjections if we go by Lawino’s subject matter and her audience.