September 7th, 2005


White Man's Juju

African Verse

Joel, our African driver pleaded for
A uniform and drove around
In a General's gear and
Policemen saluted.

Joel, our driver, slept with
His absent brother's wife, but
Feared the family juju
Might tell all.

Joel, our driver, improved English
As he learned its ways, and
Coined 'deparked' as an
Alternative to 'departed'.

Joel, our driver, reminded us that
If he had juju, we had
Superstitions. 'Touch wood, master'
He laughed.

Joel, our driver, said African
Juju was inferior to the white man's.
African juju might hopefully
Keep children well, but white
Man's juju provided doctors, drugs,
Hospitals, pretty wives, girl friends
Big meals, big houses, big cars.

Joel, our driver laughed when we
Denied a white man's juju.

Joel, our driver, was clever, wise
And a joy to know.
'Master,' he said. 'Money is
White man's juju.

Lagos, 1955-60

Plea for British Honour :: Information is sought by former British Government senior civil servant Harold Smith (Nigeria 1955-1960) regarding British treason, including the rigging of Nigeria's Independence Elections, circa 1960.

British officials served with great honour and distinction in Nigeria. This African giant was governed superbly by a small number of dedicated public servants, who often made personal sacrifices in the course of their duties under very trying conditions. (Harold Smith was struck down by a rare tropical disease in 1960). This fine and truly splendid record of service by British officials was sullied at Independence by Whitehall treachery, which destroyed the careful nurturing of democracy in Nigeria and blighted Nigeria's future. The potentially great African democracy was doomed by these squalid machinations to a future of military coups, assassinations and the horrendous Biafran Civil War, which cost, says the UN, three million lives.