Zimbabwe, 1980s. The war is over, independence has been won and Robert Mugabe has come to power offering hope, land and freedom to black Africans. It is the start of a promising new era. For Robert Jacklin, it's all new: new continent, new country, and new school. And very quickly he learns that for some of his classmates, the sound of guns is still loud, and their battles rage on...
©2010 Jason Wallace (P)2011 WF Howes Ltd
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"Littered with inaccuracies & mispronunciations"
Although this is basically a good plot, it does behove an author who is writing a fictional tale based on recent historical events to respect basic facts & truths. Mr Wallace fails on many counts to do this.......to give but one example, there are numerous references made to the British Embassy & the British Ambassador in Zimbabwe in the early 1980's when in fact there existed only a British High Commission (& a High Commissioner) in Harare at that time which was well before Zimbabwe was ejected from the Commonwealth.
Ben Onukwe's portrayal of a white Zimbabwean accent is diabolically inaccurate and his attempt to make all Rhodesian / white Zimbabwean youths sound like RLI Troopies or Vrystaat rugby fans is offensive & insulting to anybody who was fortunate enough to live & receive a private education there in & around that era. Similarly, his frequent mispronunciation of place names and colloquial expressions shows that little research was done before this production was embarked upon.
All in all, a poor effort....I had expected & hoped for better!
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