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Rain Petitioning and Step Child: Plays

Munyaradzi Mawere

Publication Year: 2013

In Nzarayaperaís village, famine and hunger strike as rain could not fall. The sky remains blue with scorching heat that leaves no creature desiring to move on with life. Chief Nzarayapera and his councillors believe this scourge is a curse from the ancestors. They think of holding a ceremony to mollify the ancestors and petition rain. The ceremony is held, but nothing happens except that hunger and famine strike even harder. This sets a fertile ground for conflict between traditionalists, Christians and scientists who lay blame on one another and take turns to intercede for the people. What comes out of this conflict only requires you to read Rain Petitioning for yourself. Equally there to awaken your curiosity is Step Child, the second play in this collection.

Published by: African Books Collective

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-3

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Acknowledgement

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pp. 4-5

wish to express my heartfelt thanks to Mr Wellington Charivanda for sparing his precious time to proof read the manuscript before

Table of Contents

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pp. iii-7

Characters

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pp. v-9

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Rain Petitioning

In Nzarayauya’s village, famine and hunger strike as rain could not fall. The sky remains blue with scorching heat that leaves no creature desiring to move on with life. Chief Nzarayauya and his councillors believe this scourge is a curse from the ancestors. They think of holding a ceremony to mollify the ancestors and petition rain. The ceremony is held, ...

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Scene 1

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pp. 3-20

...honorable chief Nzarayauya, the chief’s councillors, ladies and to share with all of us. My excellence, your people are waiting now. We need to brew beer first, beer to petition rain. This is village raises his hand so that he can be granted permission to have not had the first harvest in this village are also obliged to ...

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Scene 2

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pp. 21-38

...gathering assembled to pray for the rain. They all pray in loud of Jesus. Initially, I would like to thank God for permitting us loves us his children. He is responsible for all good things and Satan is responsible for all bad things- deaths and sufferings- humans are all in ‘tried moments’ due to drought. All these ...

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Step-child

In chief Ziki’s chiefdom arises an issue that boggles the minds of many people. While the story provokes amusement to some, to others it provokes tears. The story is about one step-son, Mubvandiripo, who grow up with a step-father in the Chitsa area. The step-son only knows of the ordeal after the death of his ‘father’ when he is told that he will not ...

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Characters

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pp. 41-42

Rudo: A girl of about 15, and she is Chenjerai and Rambisai’s ...

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Scene 1

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pp. 43-60

...(It is dusk at Chenjerai’s homestead in chief Ziki’s chiefdom. kuganha. Like a dog, Maidei is chased by Rambisai, Chenjerai’s knobkerrie, lest they are thieves. I am told those who stole at left him temporarily blind! Be quick baba Rudo, our cattle will going. Traditionally, true visitors don’t stay by the cattle pen, ...

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Scene 2

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pp. 61-71

...(Mubvandiripo arrives at his [real] father, Chenjerai Nhamo’s home in chief Ziki’s area. It is after Chenjerai’s burial and you called me for? Behave like a man. A real man doesn’t cry. waiting! And, it seems this other one here is crying! Who is he here is complex. I won’t be able to digest it alone. Would you ...

Back Cover

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p. 82-82


E-ISBN-13: 9789956790470
Print-ISBN-13: 9789956790708

Page Count: 80
Publication Year: 2013