American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Okay, this book was weird and interesting too.

The Paper cover for the book American Gods

American Gods

Oh by the way, if you are watching the TV show and have not read the book you will probably see spoilers somewhere down there.
Well, I will try not to drop too many spoilers while talking randomly about the book.
I decided to read this book after I saw the trailer for the TV show American Gods on Amazon Prime on Facebook and I loved the show immediately but I never checked to see if it had a book or not, but when I found out that the show is an adaption of a book I went to look for the book so I can consume it. And the book was exciting although I was not really really expecting the plot twist at the end of the book (chuckles).
The book started with the appearance a man named Shadow who apparently caught the attention of Odin (Mr. Wednesday) and Loki, got manipulated into working for a god who would not accept “No” to his proposal to make him (Shadow) his bodyguard which invariably threw Shadow into an uncontrollable situation which he could not even control even if he tried.
One of the things I loved about the book was how diverse it was about the gods named in it and also the somewhat “history” on how the American Gods came to start existing in America was also exciting to read. These stories about how the gods came to America, for one thing, painted a very clear image of how America even before the Europeans came to America, it already had the Indians who also had their gods and then the Europeans came along with their gods, who desecrated the Indian gods.
The theme of the book was how the old gods and the new gods were trying to have the battle to see who will be the true American gods, but alas save for Mr. Wednesday (Odin) and Mr. World (Loki) who were both playing old god and new gods respectively no one else knew that this battle was a lose-lose for everyone except for those two.
This battle would have led to a huge bloodshed that would have led to the demise of most of the gods (old or/and new), also the bloodshed would have made Odin and Loki regain their old powers and get more powerful. But Shadow (after holding Mr Wednesday’s vigil) ended the battle before it started which was good because if Mr Wednesday had gotten his way and the battle had gone on, the gods who would have died at the battleground would have made him (Mr Wednesday) so powerful, and with how far Mr Wednesday would go to get this power, it’s kind of scary to think of the type of things he would do when he got this power.
Anyway, I should stop here before I end up narrating the whole story and end up spoiling it for some people.
After reading the book I was a bit disappointed that the book has no sequel yet, but I hear the author has plans for a sequel and I hope this is true because I would love to see what happened to Shadow after his trip travelling the world after all the Old gods Vs New gods drama he went through.

Rape Not Punishment

Rape is a serious topic, it is actually up there along with Racial Equality, Freedom etc.
I was on twitter when an individual tweeted something like ( I am paraphrasing);”If you are dressed indecently, then it is your fault”. I stared at this tweet and stared, I was lost in thought about the rape issue when it dawned on me that most people always using the excuse of “She was dressed indecently” are basically saying “Hey she deserved what she got…she should cover up” so the guy who raped the girl in the end is not the subject of attention, disgust, and ridicule but the girl is, which is wrong so wrong. Continue reading

Africa, Africans and Education

We all know education is important for us in Africa; especially now when the percentage of the those with access to credible free education is reducing instead of increasing; especially now when we need our development to be internal and not imported every time we need to develop, improve and grow.

In Africa our governments take education for granted far too much; Africans have refused to stop bickering and have  started moving towards holding governments in Africa accountable for their acts of governance in Africa. Given, we have the African Commission, but even the Sovereignty the Commission has is dependent on the type of power and respect accorded it by Heads of States of  signatories to its Charter. So it is almost pointless dragging a state to the African Commission to compel it to invest in education per the Articles of the African Charter.

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