There is some “magic” in the news of African newspapers that could never be emulated by Western journalists: It’s the sly humor inherent to the recounting of events.
Certainly, the improbability of the situations and beliefs in that part of the world also helps. In one way or another, the news in Africa are not the end products of a production chain. More than news, they could be considered anecdotes, making reading infinitely more enjoyable.
There is a tremendous writing tradition with similar characteristics behind them. Fables, stories and naïf explanations about the things of this world are always accompanied by some moralistic, expressed by simple ideas and topped with a touch of humor -sometimes quite twisted.
In fact, African writing, with few exceptions, is no more than an extension of a way to understand life differently, neither better nor worse.
I have long lived in several countries in Africa and I can’t help missing their jovial way to battle the uncertain fate. Shocking at first glance, you soon realize that –perhaps– we are the ones taking the wrong path. Or at least, that nobody is in possession of the truth.
Let´s see a sample:
THE LAST ACT
Married priest dies of heart attack while having sex with girlfriend.
CHEATING Maun businessman and New Apostolic Church priest, Raphael Shoopara Sekele, died during an illicit lovemaking session on the back seat of his car.
The 47-year old native of Kachikau was not murdered as rumoured. The police have confirmed that he had heart failure during sexual intercourse with his girlfriend. His vehicle was found parked by the riverbank.
The priest’s widow, Bridget Shoopara (45) of Moeti ward received the news from the Maun police this week.
Early last month, Shoopara’s corpse was found on the back seat of his new car, which was parked at Chobe ward next to the Thamalakane River bank. Reports at the time revealed that his pants were off and manhood exposed. There was blood dripping from his mouth and nostrils, fuelling speculation that he may have been murdered.
Detective Superintendent Alakanani David of Maun Police has however ruled out murder, saying that following the autopsy, foul play was not suspected.
Responding to questions the superintendent confirmed that Shoopara was with his lover when the incident took place. He also confirmed that the man’s lover made the confession when she surrendered his mobile phone at the police station following the incident.
The phone has since been returned to the widow.
The revelations will come as a shock to the community and church members, who described Shoopara as a man of multiple talents, a spiritual guide and a mentor to every church member especially the youth..
Magic In The News – Dugutigui