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27 March 2015 God’s Bits of Wood God’s Bits of Wood , written by Sembene Ousmane, is a fictional novel based on true events during the railway workers strike in 1947 and 1948 in Senegal, a French colony. Ousmane even took active part in the railroad strike. The strike from the Dakar Niger railway workers is not received well from their European controlled government, and the result was tragic mistreatment from government agents (elites, soldiers, union leaders, police ect.) to the Senegal population. Harm done was not confined to males. One of the major themes is the forced adoption of Western Culture, which people of the colony had to embrace even at the expense of their own culture. Naikoro, a character in the book, is an old woman that symbolizes old ways of life and tradition. She fiercely refutes the idea that Africans should strike to acquire a Western education or adopt the white man’s language. The white men never tried to learn the indigenous languages in
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