- Title: The Wackiest Village In Africa
- Author: Braam Morton
- Genre: Literature, Fiction, Humorous Fiction
- Length: 135 pages
- Publication Date: May 5, 2020
The Wackiest Village In Africa – Synopsis
Fact is stranger than fiction tradition
In Fiddler On The Roof, Tevye comically states:
“Because of our traditions, we’ve kept our balance for many, many years. Because of our traditions, everyone knows who he is and what God expects him to do.”
This perspective provides a certain level of order and safety in times of uncertainty. It offers a proven fallback option when a clear solution to an adverse event does not magically fall from the sky.
Tradition, built up through thousands of years, often supersedes common law and, in Africa, tradition is not something to be trifled with unless you have a deep seated desire to be ostracised and/or end up in hospital.
So much has changed over the years. Can one really still say: “This is how it was done before and this is how it will be done in the future? Where would be without tradition?”
So, what happens when a group of individuals decides on a unique course of action to deal with a persistent social dilemma in a way that flies in the face of tradition? Is it total insanity, or a novel approach to limit the impact of obsolete conventions on modern day reality? Whose side would you choose….?
This novel is based on a real life event.
About the Author
Braam Morton was born and raised in Africa. He completed his education at the University of Pretoria and University of South Africa, obtaining a Bachelors degree in Psychology, an Honours degree in Industrial Psychology and a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Economics. He has lived and worked in Africa for 40 years before emigrating to New Zealand to continue his career in Human Resource Management.
While he has experienced firsthand, the unique problems facing people living in Africa, he believes that introducing a light hearted perspective on the many problems and difficulties experienced by the inhabitants of a harsh and unforgiving continent, was important and necessary. Africa’s climate, politics and the constant threat of war and revolution makes for an extremely volatile and ever changing landscape. He believes that humour and the ability to smile at problems of the past (and present) are the people of Africa’s salvation and wants to do his best to contribute to this.