A Tale told by my grandma// The visit of the Britains in Africa in the 1960s


𝔗π”₯𝔦𝔰 π‘Žπ‘Ÿπ‘‘π‘–π‘π‘™π‘’ 𝑖𝑠 π‘–π‘›π‘ π‘π‘–π‘Ÿπ‘’π‘‘ 𝑏𝑦 π‘Ž π‘ π‘‘π‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘¦ π‘šπ‘¦ π‘”π‘Ÿπ‘Žπ‘›π‘‘π‘šπ‘Ž π‘‘π‘œπ‘™π‘‘ π‘šπ‘’ π‘€β„Žπ‘–π‘™π‘’ 𝑖 π‘€π‘Žπ‘  π‘”π‘Ÿπ‘œπ‘€π‘–π‘›π‘” 𝑒𝑝.


"Kande, please hide the children, the whites had come to our village to take away our children" Salisu, kande's husband said panting in-between words. He had ran home from the village square on seeing the whites having a meeting with the elders.

"How did you know they're here for our children?" Kande asked as she continued with her work.

"Woman, I wouldn't want to repeat myself, if any of my children get missing, you will pack your things to your father's house" Salisu retorted. Reluctantly she took the children for hiding.

The visit of the white became a discussion among the villagers. Danladi who claimed to be more civilized poisoned their minds against the good intentions of the white.

"If you allow the white take your children, you wouldn't see them again. They'll make them slaves in the white man's land" he told anyone with whom he engaged a conversation with. A few people did not heed to his advice but the majority of the villagers became scared of letting the white take their children away.


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"We promise your children will be sponsored in school and given the best education to help them stand out in the future" Williams the spokesman for the white spoke.

"He said your children are not good enough, so he wouldn't be able to take many Children" Danladi interpreted differently.

"We will provide roads, electricity, and education to your community if you allow us to share our culture with you". Mr. Williams said

"We would provide roads, schools, and electricity but you'll need to make little contribution for this" danladi said. He was privileged to be the only one who has been to school and could speak the white man's language. The villagers murmured among themselves. "We wouldn't give out our children" they mumbled in the crowd. Danladi was happy to know he was succeeding with his plans.

Three weeks later, the white were set to go and return in a few months' time, danladi gave out his children for the sponsorship along with a few others who did not heed to his advice.

Some years later, the children who were taken to the white man's land came back and were well educated speaking the white man's language. The villagers were amazed to see danladi's children among.

"You're wicked" the villagers said to him, angry at him for being deceitful.

"It was your choice not to have sent your children, besides they helped you in the farm works" he said happily for what he had accomplished.

As civilization spread, danladi's children occupied positions in the government and the other villagers lived in regret for having allowed themselves to be deceived. Everyone started sending their children to school to help him become something in life but the female children were denied education. They lived to regret both actions.