At the beginning of "Beasts of No Nation", Agu, a boy from a West-Central African village, carries the shell of an old television set, which he calls "imagination TV". He and his friends convince a group of Nigerian soldiers stationed in the village into paying the boys to act out different channels on their portable electronic stage. It is an exuberant sequence, bursting with life and high spirits, but everything that follows is like being caught in a war-ravaged news story offering no way out, no way of changing the channel.
The story is fiction, but comes from a 2005 novel by the Nigerian-American author Uzodinma Iwaela the title being the name of a Fela Kuti album.
Source: Los Angeles Times 10/15/2015
Contributed by Virginia DeLancey
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