The five reforms carried out by King Josiah in the worship of Yahweh in Israel. (5 marks)
King Josiah's reforms are also called Deuteronomic Reforms.
Josiah was king of Judah from 641 to 609 B.C. He ascended to the throne at the tender age of 8 and reigned for 31 years. The three decades of Josiah’s reign were characterized by peace, prosperity and reform; they were among the happiest years experienced by Judah. King Josiah devoted himself to pleasing God and reinstituting Israel’s observance of the Mosaic Law.
The reforms were called Deuteronomic Reforms because the book of the Law found in the Temple of Jerusalem (c. 622 BC), which was the basis of the reform, is considered by scholars to be the same as the law code in the book of Deuteronomy (chapters 12–26). The reform consisted of removing pagan altars and idols from the Temple, destroying rural sanctuaries and fertility cults, and centralizing worship at the Temple of Jerusalem.
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AFRICA 39 With a Preface by Wole Soyinka
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This is a classical parable about an established politician (Chief Nanga) who angers a young upstart (Odili, Nanga’s former best pupil in class) by bedding what Nanga thinks is one of Odili’s many girlfriends (but in fact turned out to be his only serious gf).
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This then destabilizes the country to such an extent that the silent, cynical masses spring to life, and the Army commits a coup d’Etat to restore order by jailing the ruling chiefs.
Chinua’s novel was seen as a master piece at the time, since it predated the coupe in Nigeria by 6 months.
As Minister for Culture, former school teacher M. A. Nanga is a man of the people, as cynical as he is charming, and a roguish opportunist.
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But in the eat-and-let-eat atmosphere, Odili's idealism soon collides with his lusts—and the two men's personal and political tauntings threaten to send their country into chaos.
When Odili launches a vicious campaign against his former mentor for the same seat in an election, their mutual animosity drives the country to revolution.
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The Kenyan author explores the pan-African and anti-imperialist themes that commonly occur in the Black literature of Africa and the West Indies.
About the author (1973)
Novelist, playwright, and essayist, Ngugi wa Thiong'o was born in Kenya on January 5, 1938. He received a B.A. in English from Makerere University College in Kampala, Uganda in 1963. He is Kenya's best-known writer and one of East Africa's most outspoken social critics. His first novel, Weep Not, Child (1964), was a penetrating account of the Mau Mau uprising (a tribal revolt that occurred in colonial Kenya) and was the first English-language novel by an East African. Two subsequent works, The River Between (1965) and A Grain of Wheat (1967), are sensitive novels about the Kikuyu people caught between the old and the new Africa. One of his major concerns has been the lack of reading materials in native African languages. In an attempt to bring literature to African peasants and workers, he wrote and produced the play I Will Marry When I Want (1977) in his native Kikuyu language. The play, which shows the exploitation of Kikuyu workers and peasants, attracted a large audience of poor Kenyans. It also led to Ngugi's arrest and imprisonment. After his release from prison, he went into exile and is currently living in the United States. His other works include Detained (1981); Decolonising the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature (1986); and Matigari (1987). He received the 2001 Nonino International Prize for Literature. In 2006, Random House published his first new novel in nearly two decades, Wizard of the Crow.