African Reserves

EXCERPT | The Trial of Cecil John Rhodes by Adekeye Adebajo


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Students applaud after the removal of the Cecil Rhodes statue from the University of Cape Town on April 9, 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa. The statue of British colonialist Cecil John Rhodes was removed from the University of Cape Town following a month-long student protest citing the statue of great symbolic power that glorified someone who exploited black labor and stole land to indigenous peoples. (Photo by Charlie Shoemaker / Getty Images)

In the novel, The Trial of Cecil John Rhodes, Cecil Rhodes wakes up in an After African Limbo after sleeping for 120 years. Guided by Efua Sutherland, Rhodes is taken on a tour of the Five Heavens of After Africa, discovering the greatness of Africa. Subsequently, the news centers on a grand trial of Rhodes for the crimes he committed in the Herebefore. Below is an excerpt.

“I would first like to expose Rhodes’ great theft of African lands and resources as well as the mass murder he committed against approximately 60,000 Africans. He had the backing of the British government, which awarded his British South Africa Company a royal charter in 1889, four years after the famous Berlin Conference. This conference effectively set the rules for an orderly partition of Africa so that the European powers can amicably share our continent among themselves as if they owned it. Now, what was this royal charter that the British South Africa Company received? It was an official grant allowing them to seize, administer and populate our land with white settlers.

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