CYRIL  NAIKULE: Cy [mostly pronounced see-why otherwise sii-wai] as he is known to everyone in Yunhouse, is named after a Welshman who was a guest at his naming ceremony (c1890). The Welsh namesake had been a chef in the service of an uncle who swapped from selling slaves to selling spices to the same English trading company that facilitated -with multiple treaties - The Pacification Of The Natives in Cy's colonised home country. Cy discovers much, much later that the same English trading company, in a gentleman’s agreement with his uncle, has sponsored his education in London.

 

Cy's European education began with German missionaries but finishes in an English school because the Berlin Carve-up inserted a national boundary bang in the middle of his ethnic domain. This is one childhood experience, Cy claims, that set his African Brain Cell in perpetual motion of anger. Cy's numerous escapades as the Angry Man Of Africa are widely publicised and they are the live wires of the story of Yunhouse.

 

His initial encounter with the co-anchor of Yunhouse, Lekwot Abaka, is to pick a fight because he is nauseated by an article Lekwot contributed to the maiden edition of the primaeval African journal - The Africa Picture [No spitting!]. Instead of a fight, the two bond into a partnership that becomes the foundation on which Yunhouse would stand.

 

Cy organises many protests against the manifestations of The Pacification Of The Natives. He coordinates the race riots that greet the lower court ruling against the Africans in The First Battle For Yunhouse. He leads the march against inclusion of Africans in their World War II. He expresses personal opposition to WW II by running in the streets during bombs raids in London. Fearing for his safety, fellow Berliners organise a voyage back home to Africa. On his native soil, he tries unsuccessfully to stop young Africans from being recruited to fight for the English Crown. He organises the same young Africans to demand payment for their sacrifices in the European war. He opposes the imposition of Clan Tax on his people.  He returns to London to present his peoples' case to the British Government. The Colonial Office's dossier on him make the bulk of the evidence for the opposition's case in The First Battle For Yunhouse.

 

Cy’s autobiography, The Chips On My Shoulder - Being An Epistle To The Africans In London, is regarded as the Spiritual Manifesto of Yunhouse. His memoirs, Something To Write Home About,  inspires the young African research journalist who is the Narrator of  The Yunhouse Story. Cy dies (c1994) while working on the case against the takeover of Yunhouse by rival  Africa Adventurers Club. 

 

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