It is almost one year since JR Alila completed the writing of the novel, THE LUO DREAMERS’ ODYSSEY: FROM THE SUDAN TO AMERICAN POWER. The title announces that the author asserts a prophetic explanation to fact that a Luo man is the current President of the United States. The author also asserts that this event was seen coming by others before, specifically what has become known as the Owalo Prophecy of 1912/13. The word Odyssey tells a story of perils and survival along the way. The author necessarily answers the question, “Who are the Luo?” The author reminds us that Kenyan Luo moved away from their Sudanese Roots. They are a Sudanese Diaspora like the current occupant of the Presidency. He reminds us that the reason the Kenyan Luo moved so far south from Sudan has to do with what happened among the Ramogi brothers in the old Sudan. The brothers fought over a spear and a bead which ended in one unusual sacrifice of one human life, with one Arua (part of the Ugandan Luo) remaining “powerless” and one Podho (the father of the Kenyan Luo) going away with physical and spiritual power. The author reminds us that the Power rests at the citadel of world power in his time.
In writing this historical fiction the author’s mind traveled back in time to the fifteenth century in the old Sudan to a place known as Got Chilo and beyond, and visited with one troubled child’s dreams, including the dream about “the sun rising from the west.” Symbolically, this is a dream about HOPE even in the impossible. A sunrise in the west must imply a change in the order in the solar system and the galaxies. An astronomical near improbability. Yet HOPE often tramps WILL. It happened in modern Western politics; we are in the era of a HOPE that originated in the Sudan in on child’s mind. The author adds a spiritual take to a great historical event.
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