In THE MILAYI CURSE, Joseph R. Alila narrates a spiritual story about people caught up in a conflict between isles of love within a sea of hate. Second, this narrative is of a conflict between a conservative and prejudicial, old perspective of life against the hope and innocence of youth. Third, revealed is a struggle between a new Christian religious perspective and an entrenched traditional, religious order.
The battlefield is for the people’s souls, with Father James on one side, and Mrs. Consolata Milayi on the other, and the rest in between.
A family divide with a historical origin has survived for centuries, and continues to haunt great-grandchildren of the original principals, two cousins—Jamoko and Milayi. The cold war and social schism within the clan are such that neither side could inherit a widow from the opposing side of the clan-divide and successfully sire a male child. That the Jamokos are generally rich and the Milayis generally poor, and that this class schism was the result of the original conflict, has not helped the situation.
But there are a few Saints on ether side of clan-divide: two boys (and now men) whose fates are tied to academic achievements; a rich Jamoko man who sponsors a Milayi boy’s education, when a Church Mission establishes a school; a Priest, Father James, who ministers to the troubled souls of his polarized congregation, and is the secret conduit of the scholarship from Jamoko to the Milayi boy’s education trust.
This battle is being fought the more intensely in the hearts of two women in the lives of two boyhood friends—a friendship that outlives their childhood and changes in fortune. Mrs Jamoko (the Mayor’s daughter) is not amused that her husband—Councillor Jamoko—is playing ‘servant’ to a Milayi politician (Justice Minister Charles Milayi) who is the new voice of the clan—a role that only Divine Providence could have established. But Milayi’s mother, Mrs. Consolata Milayi, believes that the Jamokos are out to destroy her son, Charles Milayi. Caught up in the war within the souls, is Father James, the keeper of Confessional Secrets, and a constant listener and counselor to Mrs. Milayi.
Father James has to reveal to Mrs. Milayi the little Secret between her son’s success and David Jamoko‘s generosity, during what could have been her Last Rites. She wakes up from her self-inflicted spiritual wounds, and prison of hate against the Jamokos, and becomes a champion of reconciliation within the clan.
The Milayi Curse
By Joseph R. Alila