Don’t forget to add “Baba” in front of his name ( so calling him “Baba Agama” would not hurt…) otherwise he might not find it funny with you. If you are looking for a man who is not necessarily “Mr. World” in terms of beauty yet with much full of self confidence complimented with boastings and coupled with big (and sometimes indeed self – made) grammar, you have to listen to Agama talk.
It is not uncommon to hear him shouting “Wots matter with you?” when he’s cross. A fearless, no nonsense man, by his own estimate, with big pot tummy, oversized goggles (glasses?) and his trademark short, Agama the uncontrollable womaniser stands visible amongst a crowd. Typically, Agama often quickly accepts the reality of a situation as well as his character when he has to despite his boasting and combatant approach to every situation. Inside him, he is a strong believer in the proverb that he who fights and runs away, lives to fight another day. At least he knows his real self better than any of us but if you expect Baba Agama to come out openly and tell you that he is a born coward, you are making the worst mistake of your life. Just forget this truthful confession from Agama, especially when there is a woman around he wants to impress.
Unlike Agama, Useni does not shy away from the fact that he is poor, uneducated and timid. Be assured that “Miss Universe” could walk pass him without distracting his thoughts on how to survive before “hunger scatter my yass.” Yet don’t bet with your life that Useni is the Pope of Kata Kata.
In keeping with his illiteracy and timidity, Useni would not have problems asking questions a type like Agama would rather not ask. Some of us might consider Useni stupid, while others would think that he is rather inquisitive. Regardless, with is trademark tunic, cap and chain, Useni clearly tries to speak English directly the way he thinks in his local language; no wonder why such a “simple” character is indeed complex as well as interesting especially when he is asking a seemingly stupid and yet provocative question.
“Wot’s up?… Bullshit!! Cool men… Yee Dude………..” Yes indeed, Piccolo is talking. The Wanabe to the highest order with stint in Europe, Piccolo is everything you are looking for in Useni that Useni isn't. With distinct bushy Afro hair do, typical American slang, cool sun glasses and sweet mouth to top it up, you definitely might not be wrong after all to call Piccolo the hottest “baby killer.”
The man who has the courage of a lion to approach any woman of any class but lacks the ability and hard working zeal to turn his life around for better rather than dwell in high pyramid fantasies, Piccolo is caught between two cultural realities – African and Western cultures. His intention to fit into these two cultures at the same time but rather in his own terms, results in cultural clash, which does not unfortunately help him improve his life.
With his characteristic school uniform - like short, big glasses, ‘elephant ears’ (apologies Agama) and typical haircut, Nza comes across at first, as a quiet bookish little boy, but beyond his pupil - like looks, lies an artful silent spoiler cum “tormentor” who in reality is not the best friend of classroom. The son of Baba Agama, who has problems keeping secrets, Nza admires his father whom he sees as a role model even though Agama constantly has problems fulfilling this sacred duty.
Having an ear to the ground, it is often a big problem for Nza not to un-mast, though often innocently, those flaws in Agama’s character, which his father wants neither you nor me to have access to. Ironically, expect Agama the “Solomon” to believe that he is the right person to educate his son and change his life, but we all know the best. The big question is: Is Nza listening?