By: Gitiye M’Akwalu Morris Line;FB.
Revolutions and uprisings have had their sad but humorous bits; the learned men and women of conviction who braved it all and made for the struggle in the jungle.
Professor Christopher Okigbo an accomplished Nigerian poetry scholar left the university lecture halls bought a gun and joined the front line in the bitter Biafra Secessionist cause. Chris as he was popularly known believed intellectuals must go beyond theory to action. So many scholars kept churning out highly emotive writings about the Biafra cause in a bid to mobilize the masses to the front line. When Chris realized writing and seminar papers were not bringing the desired effect he decided to do it himself. Unfortunately he was killed in actual Combat by the Nigerian forces!
Before Christopher Okigbo , there was Che Guevara a highly trained Argentinian physician and a surgeon who left theatres and consultation rooms to fight oppression and subjugation within and without Argentina. He believed in a seamless world free of oppression and subjugation. He dropped the scalpel and the stethoscope , embraced the gun and joined Fidel Castro in the Cuban jungle fighting to overthrow the capitalist compromised inept government of Fulgencho Batista.
Fidel Castro and Che Guevara leading the peasants from the front swept across Cuban jungle to Havana like a hurricane and within no time captured power. The two dismantled the capitalist order and ushered in a vibrant communist economic order that saw Cuba emerge as an egalitarian booming economy in just a few decades. Che Guevara was appointed a cabinet minister and later naturalised as a Cuban citizen.
But still disturbed by the oppression of the people in Bolivia Che Guevara left his cabinet job in Cuba and joined liberation forces in Bolivia.Unfortunately he didn’t survive the Bolivian campaign. He was captured by Bolivian forces and hanged . His legacy is celebrated around the world! Yes Che Guevara the medic who strived to heal the society of pain and suffering caused by pathogens and virulent malignant men..
Then there was a Serumanga in Uganda . A literary scholar who also joined the forces in the jungle fighting against Tito Okello. Though Serumanga didn’t actually die in the front line he later died of what doctors described as war related stress and strain !!
Yes intellectuals who pursued the letter and spirit of their convictions!!
And Kenya is no exception, should things to the extreme arms way, don’t be surprised when lawyers, doctors, writers, economists feature at the battlefront.
Am running out of bundles! can someone add a conclusion for me!! Yes someone but not Professor David Ndii