Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s Matigari tells the story of a former Mau Mau fighter who returns to his land ready to lay down his weapons and ‘trade them for the belt of peace.’ Determined to rebuild his home, and start a new life, his life instead becomes a search for peace and justice. He finds that despite gaining independence, his people are still dispossessed and being exploited by their corrupt leaders.
The Jero Plays by Wole Soyinka consist of two short plays re-released as a collection in 1973. The Trials of Brother Jero first came out in 1964, while Jero’s Metamorphosis was published two years later in 1966. Both plays satirize Christianity and religious hypocrisy, particularly, the unquestioning devotion that many converts display towards their spiritual leaders, often exposing themselves to manipulation in the process.
In Fate of the Banished, Julius Ocwinyo, much like Cowley, examines the natural truth behind the church’s other dogma, one that bars priests from taking wives.
When the book first appeared in 1997, its critics were many and wild. There were calls from one bishop in Northern Uganda to have all the copies pulled out of the bookstores and torched. It was a disgrace, he argued.