ZUMA’S STATUE —
AN ACCOUNT OF THE KING’S GRAVEN IMAGE
1. And it came to pass that a certain Governor
from the East by the name Rochas the son of
Okorocha who ruleth over the province of Imo,
sent a messenger to the kingdom of the
Southern country of Africa.
2. And he said to the messenger, in this manner
shall ye speak to the king, “long live the king!
thou art highly favoured in the the eyes of my
Governor, even among the people of the
province of Imo, therefore come this day to
meat in my kingdom that though mayest be
3. And the messenger did according to the
words of the Governor.
4. And it came to pass that the king of the
Southern country of Africa by the name, Jacob
the son of Zuma, entered into the province of
Imo, even into the city of Oweri, the dwelling
place of the Governor.
5. And Rochas the son of Okorocha made a
great feast and prepared a banquet before the
son of Zuma that night. And he called all the
noble men of the province to meat in his
Palace, even in the court of the governor, they
6. The Governor hath also hired men of craft
that they made a giant graven image of Jacob,
the son of Zuma. And the height of the image
thereof was ten cubit and two span , and the
weight thereof was equals two thousand
measure of brass. And the garment thereof was
that of the noble men of the West.
7. And he placed the graven image at the
Centre of the city of Oweri. And unto Zuma, the
king of the Southern country of Africa, was a
title given which was higher above any other in
the province of Imo. Also, the Governor nameth
a street of the city after him. These was the
manner with which king Zuma was honoured.
8. All these things happened on the tenth
month of the sixth year that Rochas the son of
Okorocha reigned as Governor over the province
9. But it came to pass that when it was told
the people that the Governor hath spent five
hundred and thirty million shekels of gold and
silver for the graven image of Jacob, the son of
zuma that they were wroth with anger.
10. And it grieved the labourers of the province
and they took counsel among one another and
saith, but how shall this thing be? Is Jacob the
son of Zuma also among the righteous men?
11. Howbeit that the son of Zuma was
honoured in this manner in the province of
Imo? Is not he the same king that dealeth
dishonorably in the manner that he spent the
gold and silver from the treasury of his
country? Is not he that the magistrate put a
charge against for taking bribed?
12. Is not it under the reigns of this king that
his people persecute our brethren who dwelleth
in their country and even put many to death
and rendered their businesses desolate?
13. Howbeit the Governor treat us with great
disdain? For we laboureth for over ninety days
without wages and he said unto us “be thou of
long suffering for there is no gold and silver in
the treasury that I may pay thee thy wages”.
And yet he spent millions of shekels to honour
the son of Zuma.
14. And the head of the labourers declared
according to this words unto the people saying,
“arise this day and gird thy loins for we shall
march across the city of owerri, even unto the
gate of the Governor.
15. And they march across the city and
declared according to this words unto the
Governor, “thou dealeth treacherously with us in
the manner thou sayeth ‘there is no gold and
silver in the treasury that I may pay thee thy
wages’. Wherefore thou honoureth the son of
Zuma with so much riches from the treasury?
16. This thing shall ye do, oh Governor: remove
the graven image of Jacob the son of Zuma
from the city that there might be peace in the
17. And the Governor replied them in this
manner. “Harken unto my voice oh ye
inhabitants of the land. I shall not be careful in
the manner with which I answereth thee on this
19. Go back to thy tents, for I, even the son of
Okorocha hath repenteth not that I made a
graven image of Jacob the son of Zuma. For
many more of this statues shall ye see in the
city of Owerri in the days ahead”.
20. And the people lamented and said “woe
unto us! behold, the evil spirit from devil hath
entered into the Governor. And yet many saith,
verily verily, the Governor is afflicted with
21. But the Governor doeth not according to
the words of the labourers, for unto this day,
the statue of Jacob the son of Zuma remaineth
in city of Owerri