Notes on "Kinjeketile" (A Play)

Notes on "Kinjeketile" (A Play)



KINJEKETILE is the play which is centred at a historical memory of a real man. In this play, Kinjeketile is the mere creature of the imagination. Though these two men historical and imagination) resemble one another in their activities, they are still not identical. The playwright has moulded the character of Kinjeketile to suit artistic needs by borrowing freely from the imagination when historical facts fail to suit his purpose.



The play has been organized into four acts each with different number of scenes.

-Act One has Two scenes

-Act Two has Six scenes

-Act Three has Three scenes

-Act Four has One scene.



Therefore, the play is organized into four (4) Acts. Act one (1) has two (2) scenes; Act two (2) has seven (7) scenes, Act three has three (3) scene; while Act four (4) has one scene.



Scene One

      At the Ngarambo village. Bi Kitunda and the daughter Chausiku are coming from the river after fetching water. When Chausiku sees smoke coming from Kinjeketile`s house, Bi Kitunda plans to send her to find out whether they are cooking something so that they may go and ask for it. This shows how people of this society are poor. And they are poor because they able bodied men are taken to work on the German plantations. While still on the path Bibi Kinjeketile comes from another path and Bi Kitunda quickly calls her daughter to come back. Bi Kinjeketile and Bi Kitunda start exchanging their views.

    They all complain that people have no food in their house because men work in the plantation all the time and without any payments.

     “Our men work a lot, but they get nothing,” Bi Kitunda says on the first page of the book. This forces women like Bi Kitunda to find foods for their family. Some foods like roots of the poisonous and they lead to the death, Bi Kitunda says;

    “And anyway, some of these roots are most poisonous. Bibi Bobali`s son died from eating some roots.” (p.1).

     When Bi Kitunda asks some spinach or cassava from Bi Kinjeketile, Bi Kinjeketile says she haven`t any. Bibi Kinjeketile also explains to Bi Kitunda why there is smoke on Kinjeketile`s house. She says Kinjeketile is performing his rituals and that he has looked himself in for many days now. Bi Kinjeketile leaves. Bi Kitunda sends Chausiku again to see what Bi Kinjekitile is cooking. Before she reaches the house, suddenly a big snake chases her. She runs quickly back from cotton plantation.

     People are seen coming back from the German cotton plantations and some are supporting Kitunda. Bi Kitunda rushes to her husband. She discovers that Kitunda has whipped by the overseer when he tried to straightened his back. Then Kitunda grabbed the whip but immediately the headman was called in and ordered to whip him again and again. All people disperse. Kitunda family is the last. As Chausiku looks at smoke, Kitunda asks why is she looking at the smoke. Bi Kitunda explains to him what happened. Kitunda wonders why Kinjeketile is said to be at his house while he really saw him in the plantation?


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Emmanuel Kachele

Emmanuel Kachele is a founder and Blogger of KACHELE ONLINE Blog, an educational blog where 'O' Level English - 'OLE', 'A' Level English (ALE) and other related teaching and life skills are shared extensively. This is an online center for all Tanzanian Secondary School English Language students and teachers (Forms I-VI) and all interested English Language learners and teachers worldwide.

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