Before I step into the questions you asked, first, a special announcement.

Mothers are everybody’s favourite. They taught us how to walk, talk and fed us when we had no hands of our own. They are the pedestal of knowledge. In her eyes you know you can do it, in her love we acknowledge that we are speacial, in her anger we know when we are wrong, in her smile we know we made them proud.

Then comes the teacher, he or she stands as the first icon of magic. They espouse knowledge and awesome wonder. They mould our brains like a sculptor and capture our imaginations and makes us fly. They make us see the stars and even touch them.

WHY then should they demand appreciation when they make the world go round? You don’t cut the hand that feeds you. The government of Kenya is a disgrace to empowerment. The leaders we have lead as if their heads have spoilt egg yolk and their manners reek like a dead animal.

why don’t we relent and obey?

There goes my two cents. Back to work.

Discuss the Relevance of the Title The River And The Source

The River and the Source is a generational book. It focuses on the intricacies of raising a family and a community. The title The River and the Source is symbolic in that it explores the flow of Akoko’s inspiration, wisdom, courage and the spirit of acceptance which begins by her and flows through her generation as her community grows. Therefore, the title relates to the book in the following ways.

Akoko, the daughter of Chief Odero Gogni is born and Odero given to his greatness and wisdom says, “a home without a girl is like a river without a source.” By this he amplified the role of women in the society by cementing the fact that, women are the source of life and happiness in family. He could also have implied that, a girl unites and spreads the tributaries of a family or community by marrying into another community where she becomes a link and a new source of new life.

Akoko marries Awuor Kembo and she immediately changes the chief’s lifestyle. She takes on the role of Mikayi (the first wife) and plays it so well. She is a source of strength and wisdom to the chief. In fact she makes Awuor Kembo not to marry another wife- a cause of concern to the people of Sakwa. This shows that she not only fulfilled Awuor’s desires but also complemented him. She was the water for his thirst and the comfort of his life just like the river makes a tree growing by it complete.

Akoko is a source of life. She begets three children in her marriage with chief Awuor kembo. One dies but two survive.

She is also the source of the chief’s wealth. Her herd multiplies greatly and she lacks no food, in fact instead of receiving favours from the community by virtue of being the chiefs wife, she sells to the village.

This spirit of Akoko rubs off to her daughter Nyabera. Nyabera significantly makes landmark decisions including joining Christianity. It is like she changed the course of the river to new heights.

This sees her Nyabera’s only daughter get education and marry- the wedding reminds Akoko of her own betrothal but only this one no dowry was needed.

In all this we point out the role of women in growing out a society and how their decisions not only shape the society but also flourishes it for the better. We also see how their spirit pushes on like a river in dry season and blossom like a river in the rainy season. This spirit is seen in Akoko when her husband and son died but she relentlessly lived on despite the pain and the torment. The spirit is also seen in Nyabera who vows to live despite her problems a spirit of strength despite the harsh realities of life.



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