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The coldness of fever sets in on the nation, as one character still only hoping. Its knowledge of its pains is more pronounced than that of its joys as it watches its people lead it away from the path of being one single entity. The people are chilled up in the agony of the cold, an indifferent feeling that gives them confidence to thrive on the land. They live in the freest nation in the world without the honest desire to enjoy its freedom. They realize that they have more options to be either good or bad as they please, because the real honest people are those who are freest and honest by choice, not those who are free because they have to be.
In Gentle Aching Fever the people's appetite has been numbed by the hard filled period following their time of carefree growth. The people of the large west African nation of the Niger-area had settled into an era of wasted plenty. Their high expectations have veered badly as their story of continuous deception tells its own tale of failing dreams. Lives have changed from carefreeness to suspicion, plots and counter-plots. The military and its dishonorable heads of states gave the nation a lingering headache and the people could barely hold on to their original dream that no longer seem human in its perspective. The leaders lost the national dream alongside their humanity and the people were left with tough aspirations to pursue, while being nursed by bullies. The people forged onward amidst leaders with the most dubious gentle ways, deceptive as they were selfish. The people watched their dreams being stolen away, leaving the nation with a bad headache.
The appetite of Fever is the hard filled period in the turbulent life of the west African nation of the larger Niger river area, as its people waited without the appetite for the nationhood the British had bequeath for them. The story veers from one long deception that made a whole generation of the people tasteless of the promise that wasn’t forthcoming, like they had been gullible to believe it would. It tells of their loss of faith in the dream, as they set a course for their descendants to do the same. They go about living their lives as they see fit, mindless of the collection of hurried up, un-enforced laws their actions had agreed to adhere to. As they prepared their children to take over the long wait, they prepare them for.
The rising temperature of Fever is the growth of the idea of a modern nationhood in the larger Niger river area of west Africa, against tough odds. The natives bloom in the presence of British colonialism. In the wilderness the people walked in amidst conflict, their dreams mixed up with those of their many different neighbours and they stayed fast. They belatedly discover they had wronged each other by ignoring these glaring contrasting differences. Greed and power cooked up a mixture and the real small people, with no significance to anyone but themselves, dissolve in the concoction of national stews not quite of their dreams.
The origin of Fever is in the birth of the idea of a modern nationhood, weaned off the diverse people of the larger Niger river area of west Africa by the British colonist. They were compelled into accepting the conditions they were merged with, in the enabling circumstances that led them at the time. The choice wasn’t theirs to make, though they have since chosen to be identified by it.