One For You One For Me

Rated 4.50/5 based on 2 reviews
Two businessmen from Tanzania start a business that at first does not do as well as they would like. That is where Prof Moto Moto comes in. When he fails Prof Pima Moto takes over. But as they say when the hand gets tired, the shoulder takes over. The shoulder appears in the shape of Prof Zima Moto. So where does the albino child come into all this? More
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About Gerald Kithinji

I trace my roots to Kenya but I am a Citizen of the World when it comes to what I write or what I read. Whether Poetry, Short stories, Novellas or Novels, I strive to tell it as it is or was for the World Reader. Karibu. Welcome. Bienvenue. Willkommen. Bem vindo. Bienvenido. Benvenuto.Enjoy whatever suits you on my humble page.

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Sarah Neofield reviewed on March 11, 2020

One for You, One for Me by Kenyan author Gerald Kithinji is the tale of how ‘professors’ hatch and carry out ‘get-rich-quick schemes and ‘heal’ people based on mythologies, such as the belief that the body parts of a person with Albinism have magical powers.
Luka and Oliver, having both retired from the army and received their gratuity, are looking for something to invest in, and consult a number of ‘seers’ along the way:
“… in their part of the world, nobody undertook serious business without first consulting a seer or seers to establish whether or not it would be worth their while. Accordingly, they consulted a self-proclaimed ‘famous’ seer aptly called Professor Moto Moto. His declared business was to ‘change people’s lives’ by enabling them to conquer poverty with skillful utilization of his wise counsel.
He charged 300 000 Tanzanian shillings for the said wise counsel.”
Kithinji’s prose is easy to read and alive with dialogue. As someone relatively unfamiliar with the society and environment in which One for You, One for Me is set, I found it surprisingly accessible. Although the characters sometimes codeswitch to Swahili, Kithinji provides unobtrusive translations to English. Their adventures throughout Tanzania, Masailand, Dar es Salaam and Kenya reminded me at times of the writing of Paulo Coehlo, and is littered with great lines such as “To help them think carefully, they ordered another round of beer.”
Ahsante sana, Gerald for the great read!
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Agnes Musa reviewed on July 10, 2017

Interesting story and easy to read book.
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