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Kusunga – part 1

It was in the local primary school grounds. Canopies were set up, chairs were arranged, the Public address system  was set up and tested. The cultural troupes were waiting in anticipation. The elders of the community were dressed in their best garb. The women wore wrappers with the large image of Kusunga boldly displayed on the wrapper. The people who trooped out to the village primary school to welcome Kusunga all wore t –shirts adorning the photo of Kusunga. Some wore face hats and some had hand bags that bore that smiling image of Kusunga. Old and young trooped out en masse to the rally at the village primary school.

As folks walked to the grounds, they exchanged greetings and reiterated the need to support our very own. They talked about how well life would be with the likes of Kusunga becoming the governor of the state. He had a manifesto he titled ‘Government of hope. Hope for the masses!’ He had set out five cardinal points as his electoral agenda – free education for all the young people, health centres for all rural communities, rural electrification for all the communities in the state, good road network and back to farming project. People rejoiced at this. Everybody talked about how well Kusunga meant for the good people of Nsaba State.

The rally was supposed to kick off at 2pm but Kusunga did not arrive until about 5pm. All the elders in the community were waiting tirelessly for his arrival. People kept looking at their timepieces. Refreshments were served. There were two queues at the side of the canopies that led to a large table manned by two gentlemen and a large lady. Behind them were boxes and cartons of items. As the people filed past, they were handed an envelope, a bag of rice and some other food items. People were talking loudly. A fight almost broke out. It was separated by two burly sized men who kept watch over the proceedings.

The people spoke so well of Kusunga and prayed that he should win at the forth coming polls so that life would be better for the indigenes of the state.

The sirens blared and the escort riders made their way to the centre of the field. The crowd erupted into chants of kusu baba!! Kusu baba!!! The cultural troupe broke into a dance, a little flower girl held a bouquet of flowers to hand over to Kusunga as soon as he stepped down from his vehicle. Kusunga came out of his darkly tinted Lexus jeep. The little girl handed him the bouquet and a garland was hung over his neck. He smiled sheepishly and turned to face the camera men who clicked the cameras countless times. He was led to the array of elders and traditional rulers whom he greeted and shook their hands.

He finally settled in the high table and the MC of the occasion blasted out the chant “kusu baba” and the crowd cheered “victory”.

There was a display of fanfare and entertainment and then Kusunga finally mounted the podium.

“My people” he started out.

“Kusu baba” rented the air.

“My people”

Chants of “Kusu baba” took over the air.

“The great people of Ndibe tribe.”

“Kusu babaaaaaaaaaaaa.”

The cultural troupe burst into a song that was composed for Kusunga. The musician, sang his praise and everybody sang and danced to the well- rehearsed tune.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce to you that I have accepted to go and serve my people in the government house in the next elections. We have been long overdue for this exalted position in the land and like they say charity begins at home. I have come home to kick off the campaign and get the blessing of my people.”

His voice droned on. A priest was called upon to bless him. The priest led other bishops and pastors to pray for Kusunga. Kusunga knelt before the priest and they laid hands upon him and pronounced him as the chosen one to occupy the government house after the elections.

There was rejoicing in the land. The royal fathers blessed him as well. The rejoicing continued. More dances and more food. Kusunga then retired to his sprawling country home to receive his guests. Food and refreshments were served.

The women group took care of the food, they rallied around the official wife of Kusunga, Cecelia. She was addressed as First Lady or Madam Cece. Her husband called her Cece baby. She wore a permanent grin on her face. Her face was always plastered with makeup and always ready for a photo shoot. She loved all the attention she got, especially from people who wanted to have access to Kusunga through her. She charged them a fee to facilitate a meeting between those people and her husband. One time a bunch of Asians who wanted to do business with the state needed to meet with her husband. She set up a meeting in Dubai, when the family had gone to Dubai on a vacation. These Chinese men flew in from China and met with Kusunga. She earned USD100K for facilitating this meeting. These people knew that if Kusu baba won, they stood the chance of winning the contract to mine for bauxite in the state and that would be a life changing experience for the Chinese. China we know has a population of over two billion people and they were looking for ways to decongest China.

 

Answer the following questions

1.       Where is the setting of this story?

2.      How many characters can you identify in the story?

3.       Give synonyms for the words in bold in  paragraph 1

a.      garb

b.      trooped

c.       adorning

d.      hats

e.      en masse

f.        rally

4.      Give the meaning of the words coloured in blue (3 words)

5.      Write out a slogan you can identify in paragraph 2

6.      What are the five cardinal points that Kusunga set as his electoral agenda?

7.       What are the problems you notice in paragraph 3

8.      What does the phrase ‘well -rehearsed tune’ mean?

9.      Who is Cecelia ?

10.   What other ways is Cecelia being addressed as?

11.   List one way that Cecelia was making money ?

12.   A. Would you vote for Kusunga in an election ?

B. In your own words write why you would vote for Kusunga or not vote for Kusunga (Not                 more than 300 words).

13.   ‘They are looking for ways to decongest China’ – what do you understand by this phrase?

14.  The Chinese people paid USD100k to meet with Kusunga – what does this tell you about the integrity of these Chinese people who travelled to Dubai to meet with Kusunga?

15.  In paragraph 5, identify:

A.      5 noun phrases

B.     One adjective phrase

C.      One adverb

D.     5 verbs.

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  1. 1. The setting was in Nsaba state.

    2. The characters in the story are:
    a. Kusunga .
    b. Cecelia .
    c. The priest that blessed him.
    e. The bishops
    d. The pastors.
    f. The women who took care of the food
    g. The Chinese business men
    h. The people fighting
    i. The flower girl
    j. The dancers

    3a. Garb: clothes, clothing, garments, attire, dress
    b. Trooped: walk, march, file, straggle, flock.
    c. Adorning: Love dearly, be devoted to.
    d. Hat’s: cap, chapeau, headdress, headgear, headpiece
    e .En-masse: all together, as a group.
    f. Rally: reassemble, regroup, reform, reunite

    4. Reiterate: say something again or a number of times.
    b. Manifesto: a public declaration of policy and aim’s.
    c. Droned: make a continuous low humming.

    5. Mr. Kusunga’s manifesto of Government of hope for Nsaba state.

    6. Mr. Kusunga’s electoral agenda:
    a. Free education for all young people
    b. Health centers for all rural communities
    c. Rural electrification for all the communities in the state
    d. Good road network
    e. Back to farming project’s

    7. Mr. Kusunga is not good with time.
    b. Mr. Kusunga has not been elected at all and he has already stated spending money on the :envelope (money), bag of rice e.t.c.
    Even if he becomes governor, he will not have the money to fulfil his five cardinal point as his electoral agenda.

    8 Well-rehearsed tune’ means sufficiently practiced or prepare in advance to ensure a good performance.

    9. Cecelia is Mr. Kusunga wife.

    10. Another way she is addressed as his first Lady.

    11. A way Mrs. Cecelia made money is by collecting money to facilitate a meeting in Dubai for her husband
    12. No i will not
    Here are my reasons:
    a. He does not keep to time
    b. The election has not even come and he has started sharing money
    c. His wife is not a sincere person she is corrupt. The husband is not yet a governor and she has already planned a trip for the family to meet Chinese business men Ordinarily such contract should be thrown open for all to apply. but since she has collected USD100K She will not be sincere in her judgment.

    13. It means to reduce the number of people in China

    14. Their integrity is good. they proved reliable

    15.
    a. Escort rider’s
    The cultural troupe
    Flower girl
    Bouquet of flowers
    Lexus Jeep

    b. Darkly tinted Lexus Jeep

    c. Smiled sheepishly

    d. Blared
    Dance
    Smiled
    Greeted
    Shook

  2. 1. The setting was in Nsaba state

    2. The characters in the story are:
    a. Kusunga
    b. Cecelia
    c. The priest that blessed him
    d. The pastors
    e. The bishops
    f. The women who took care of the food
    g. The Chinese business men
    h. The people fighting
    i. The flower girl
    j. The dancer

    3
    a. Garb: clothes, clothing, garments, attire, dress.
    b. trope: walk, march, file, straggle, flock
    c. Adorning: love, love dearly, be devoted to
    d. Hat: cap, chapeau, headdress, headgear, headpiece
    e. En masse: all together as a group
    f. Rally: reassemble, regroup, reform, reunite

    4. Reiterate: say something again or a number of times.
    b. Manifest: a public declaration of policy and aims.
    c. Droned: make a continuous low humming.

    5 Mr. Kusunga’s manifesto of Government of hope for Nsaba state.

    6. Mr. Kusunga’s electoral agenda are :
    a. Free education for all young people
    b. Health centers for all rural communities
    c. Rural electrification for all the communities in the state
    d. Good road network
    e. Back to farming projects

    7. Mr. Kusunga is not a good time manager
    b. Mr. Kusunga is not a governor yet and he has already stated spending money on the envelope money bag of rice. Maybe as a governor, he will not have the money to fulfil his five cardinal point as his electoral agenda.

    8.’ Well-rehearsed tune’ means :sufficiently practiced or prepare in advance to ensure a good performance.
    9. Cecelia is Mr. Kasunga’s wife.

    10. Another way she is addressed is as his first lady.

    11 .A way Mrs. Cecelia made money was by collecting money to facilitate a meeting in Dubai for her husband
    12. I will not vote for him because:
    a. He does not keep to time he was supposed to be there by 2pm he finally came at 5pm.
    b. The election has not come and he has already started sharing: Envelopes [money], bags of rice, etc. by bribing them to vote for him so even if he gets in the office he will not be able to fulfil his *five cardinal points at his electoral agenda* he gave to the people, He need’s to recover it.
    And also his wife (First Lady) is not a sincere person, she is corrupt. The husband is not yet a governor and she has already planned a trip for the family to meet the Chinese businessmen. Ordinarily such contract should be thrown open for all to apply but since she has collected USD100K, I think she will not be sincere in her judgment.

    13 It means to reduce the number of people in China

    14. Their integrity is good they kept their word

    15a
    Escort rider’s
    The cultural troupe
    Flower girl
    Bouquet of flower
    Lexus Jeep

    b. Darkly tinted Lexus Jeep

    c. Smiled sheepishly

    d. Blared
    Dance
    Smiled
    Greeted
    Shook

  3. 1. A village setting.

    2. Two Characters were identified by me.

    3. a) Garb- clothes
    b) Trooped- grouped
    c) Adorning- decorating/ beautifying
    d) Hat- cap
    e) En masse- gather together
    f) Rally- public meeting

    4.a) Reiterate- To repeatedly say something again.
    b) Manifesto- A written statement about ones political beliefs on what you will do if elected.
    c) Droned- To speak in a monotenous tune.

    5. “Government of hope.”

    6.a) free education for all the young people.
    b) health centers for all rural communities.
    c) rural electrification for all the communities in the state.
    d) good road network.
    e) back to farming project.

    7.i) Kusunga didn’t arrive on time.
    ii) a fight almost broke out.

    8. It means a song that is well practiced and sung.

    9. Kusunga’s wife is Cecelia.

    10. First lady or Madam CeCe.

    11. She charged those who wanted to meet her husband a fee to facilitate a meeting.

    12. a) yes I would.
    b) first of all why I would vote for Kusunga is that he made a really good impression on the people and he made promises which are within his power to helping people not because of power . It’s really a blessing to have a leader like that in a community.

    Kusunga’s five cardinal points will also show that he is a person that knows the main needs of his people in which was stated, free education for all Young people, health centers for all rural communities, rural electrification for all the communities in the state, good road network and so on.
    I will vote for him because he seems to love the people in the community and has their interest at heart, since he is most concerned with developing the community and his focus an education for the young people this will encourage those who cannot afford to pay for quality education to have an opportunity to better their lives.
    I think he will make a good leader since he knows the needs of his people.

    13. To reduce the number of people in China.

    14. It shows they can use money to buy their way.

    15.i) Siren blared
    ii) escort riders
    III) array of elders
    IV) crowd erupted
    V) bouquet of flowers
    b.) Darkly tinted luxus
    c.) Smiled sheepishly
    d.) I) bled
    II) chants
    III.) dance
    IV.) Stepped
    V.) handed

  4. 1.) A village setting

    2.) Two.

    3.)a) Garment
    b.) Grouped
    c.) Decorating
    d.) Cap
    e.) Gathering Together
    f.) Campaign

    4.) a.)Repeating a statement over and over.
    b.) Political agenda.
    c.) Thesame to tune continuously.

    5.) “Hope for the masses.”

    6a.) Free Education
    b.) Health Centers
    c.) Electricity
    d.) Farm project
    e.) Good roads

    7i) he was late
    II) a fight almost broke out.

    8.) A well rehearsed statement

    9.) Cecelia was Kusunga’s wife.

    10.) Madam Cece/ First lady.

    11.) She charged a fee for those who wanted to have a meeting with her husband.

    12.) No, I won’t.
    b.) I will not vote for Kusunga because he was not time conscious, he kept the people waiting. He was bostful and he promised so many things and from the way he spoke it didn’t seem as if he capable of doing all the things.
    He was already behaving as if he he has one already. I also do not like the fact that the people were chanting Kusu baba, show that he was someone that will please people instead of doing the right thing.
    The siren blowing already, before he was elected was to me he was letting everyone know he was around I do not he think he will be a good leader to the people.

    13 .) To reduce the population of China

    14.) It shows they use money to get what they want.

    15. I.) Siren bled
    II escort riders
    III) array of elders
    IV. Cultural troops
    V. Bouquet of flowers
    b.) Darkly tinted luxus
    c.) Smiled sheepishly
    d)I.) Dance
    II.)Stepped
    III.)Greeted
    IV.)Clicked
    V.)Shooked

  5. Answer key
    1. Where is the setting of this story? – Nsaba State (1 mark)
    2. How many characters can you identify in the story? Kusunga, Cecelia, cultural troupe, priest, MC, elders, kinsmen, Chinese men, two gentlemen, a large lady. (10 marks)
    3. Give synonyms for the words in bold in paragraph 1
    a. garb – clothes, costume, outfit, attire (1 mark)
    b. trooped – marched, thronged, streamed, flocked, walked, filed. (1 mark)
    c. adorning – decorating, imprinting, embellishing (1 mark)
    d. hats – caps, fezzes (1 mark)
    e. en masse – together, as a whole, in a body (1 mark)
    f. rally – meeting, assembly, gathering (1 mark)
    4. Give the meaning of the words coloured in blue (3 words) reiterated – say something a number of times for emphasis, repeating the same thing; manifesto – a public declaration of what a person would do before an election; droned – carrying on incessantly, drumming on, (3 marks)
    5. Write out a slogan you can identify in paragraph 2 – Government of hope. Hope for the masses (1 mark)
    6. What are the five cardinal points that Kusunga set as his electoral agenda? free education for all the young people, health centres for all rural communities, rural electrification for all the communities in the state, good road network and back to farming project (5 marks)
    7. What are the problems you notice in paragraph 3 Kusunga not keeping to time, the people waiting endlessly, people being offered gifts. (2 marks)
    8. What does the phrase ‘well -rehearsed tune’ mean? – a tune that has been practiced over and over. (1 mark)
    9. Who is Cecelia ? – Kusunga’s wife (1 mark)
    10. What other ways is Cecelia being addressed as? – First Lady, Madam Cece, Cece baby (3 marks)
    11. List one way that Cecelia was making money ? – organizing meeting between people who wanted to see her husband and her husband and charing money for this. (1 mark)
    12. A. Would you vote for Kusunga in an election ? yes or no
    B. In your own words write why you would vote for Kusunga or not vote for Kusunga (Not more than 300 words). This is your own opinion now.
    13. ‘They are looking for ways to decongest China’ – what do you understand by this phrase? They are looking for ways to China go less in population, since they are too many people in China already. (2 marks)
    14. The Chinese people paid USD100k to meet with Kusunga – what does this tell you about the integrity of these Chinese people who travelled to Dubai to meet with Kusunga? – These people have no integrity, no moral uprightness and should not be trusted. (2 marks)
    15. In paragraph 5, identify:
    A. 5 noun phrases – The sirens, the crowd, cultural troupe, flower girl, traditional rulers (5 marks) There are other noun phrases that I have not listed here.
    B. One adjective phrase – darkly tinted (1 mark)
    C. One adverb – sheepishly (1 mark)
    D. 5 verbs – list any five verbs – blared, made, erupted, broke, stepped (5 marks). There are other verbs I have not listed. If you have listed the verbs, mark it for yourself.

  6. 1. Nsaba state
    2. The characters in the story are as following:
    Kusunga
    Cecelia
    The bishops
    The pastors
    The Chinese business men
    The priest that blessed them
    The people fighting
    The flower girl.
    3a.garb=attire trooped=March adorning=loves dearly hats=cap rally=reform of protest
    4.reiterate=to say something numerous times to confirm that they understand manifesto=a public declaration that is usually political droned=long and boring speech droned implies that it may have even been in a monotone.
    5.Mr kusungas manifesto of hope for the Nsaba state.
    6. Free education for all young people, health centres for all rural communities, rural electrification for all communities in the state, good road networks and lastly, back to farming projects
    7.Kusunga was 3 hrs late, he has already prematurely started to give away all of his money, and in the event that he is elected then he may not even have enough money to fuflfil all 8 of his cardinal promises.
    8. Well rehearsed means that it was executed well and seemed like they put a lot of time and effort into their practice.
    9. Cecilia is the official wife of kusunga
    10.she is also addressed as First Lady.
    11. Collecting money from the people trying to meet her husband by placing a meeting fee.
    12. No I will not vote for him,
    This is because of the tardiness that he had shown, and also because he is very clearly not conservative with his money as I have said before he is prematurely spending his money even though he may not even be elected.
    13. To lower the population of China
    14. They have good integrity
    15. Escort riders
    The cultural troupe
    Flower girl
    Bouquet of flower
    Lexus Jeep

    B. Darkly tinted

    C. Smile sheepishly

    D. Blared, smiled, shook, greeted and dance

  7. Kusunga pt1 questions

    1. In Nsaba State
    2. 3; Kusunga the pastor and Kusungas wife. Kusunga was the main focus but the fans became a focus too as the author described their patience
    3. a) attire
    b) a crowd of people entering
    c) praising and adoring
    d) masks
    e) together
    f) get together

    4. a) repeat
    b) a published declaration of intentions
    c) his voice carried on
    5. “Government of hope. Hope for the masses!”
    6. Free education for all the young people, health centres for all rural communities, rural electrification for all the communities in the state, good road network and back to farming project.
    7. Kusunga was late and a fight
    8. It means that it has been chorused more than once and is very well known
    9. Kusungas wife
    10. First lady, Madam Cece and Cece Baby
    11. Arranging meetings with Kusunga from business people
    12. Yes, he seems very loved and has good intentions. He promises free education health centres for rural communities and electricity. Not just that but good road network and back to farming projects. He is a type of person that people wait 3 hours for. He also persuades me with his manifesto “Government of hope. Hope for the masses!”
    13. ?
    14. They are very keen on getting the contract to mine I think
    15. a) The sirens, escort riders, the crowd, the cultural troop, the little flower girl.
    b) Kusunga came out of his darkly tinted Lexus jeep
    c) sheepishly
    d) handed, greeted, stepped, blared and erupted.

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