If after selling away our labour,
Our village benefitted.
But look now at this village!
There is no property, there is no wealth.
Colonial Administrative Systems
When the British imperialists came here in 1895.
All the missionaries of all the churches
Held the Bible in the left hand,
And the gun in the right hand.
The white man wanted us
To be drunk with religion
In the meantime,
Was mapping and grabbing our land
And stalling factories and businesses
On our sweat. [Ngugi: 1982: 56-7]