Chimurenga has published a piece of short fiction by Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina in the latest issue of the online Power Money Sex Reader.
In “The Adventures of Idi Amin Dada”, Wainaina reimagines the life of a young Idi Amin and ruminates on the creation of dictators:
Monday. The hot dry breeze is lazy. It glides languorously collecting odd bits of paper, they tease the ground, threaten to take flight, tease the ground. Every so often there is a gathering of force and a tiny tornado whips the paper into the air and swirls dust around. Dogs lift their ears, tongues lolling, then burrow their faces between their forelegs as the wind collapses, exhausted.
Children are in school, long lines of spittle reaching their desks as they try to keep awake. From the roof of the town, Menengai crater, the flamingoes look like a giant fabric, rising from the lake like a cloth on a hot shimmering line, revealing blue, falling, and turning the lake pink again.