African Spirit

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    Africa will rise to its full soon as foreign powers stop interfering in it and local sell-outs and greedy, corrupt dumbass "leaders" stay out of power.

    Wherever there's a good leader there's a good country and wherever the good leader is surrounded by more good advisers and other good leaders there can be a great country...and a great continent...and a great world.…in-africa-itself-20200525

    Cyril Ramaphosa | The solutions to Africa’s problems reside within Africa itself

    This Africa Day we are reminded once again that the solutions to Africa’s problems, be they overcoming disease or eradicating poverty and underdevelopment, reside within Africa itself, writes President Cyril Ramaphosa in his weekly newsletter.

    Dear Fellow South African,

    Today marks 57 years since the leaders of 32 independent African nations met in Addis Ababa to establish the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), the precursor to the African Union.

    The preamble of the OAU charter is a rousing call to unity, cross-cultural understanding and solidarity. Like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Charter and the South African Constitution, it affirms the inalienable right of all people to control their own destiny.

    We mark Africa Day this year just over three months since the first case of coronavirus on the continent was confirmed. This pandemic has been a stark reminder that regardless of whether we are born into wealth or indigence, we are all mortal, and can succumb to disease.

    As countries around the world battle to turn the tide against the pandemic, Africa has taken firm control of its destiny, by developing a clear strategy and raising financial resources from its member states.

    The African response to the coronavirus pandemic has received widespread praise. Despite the multitude of resource challenges they face, African countries have come together in remarkable ways, united by a common purpose.

    The countries of the Global South are more vulnerable to the impacts of Covid-19 because of low levels of development, insufficient resources and weak health systems. Countries ranking low on human development indices, many of which are in Africa, are less capable to manage the fallout of a global health emergency of this kind on their own.

    Yet at the same time, some of the very health challenges African countries have wrestled with for decades have given us a clear understanding of what needs to be done, and how to do it.

    The unprecedented nature of the pandemic caught many countries both unaware and unprepared. Much of what we witnessed in the early days of the outbreak was governments in western countries struggling with containment because so much about the virus was unknown. It was not something the world has experienced for over a century.

    African countries have been able to use their experience in managing outbreaks of malaria, cholera, HIV, TB and hemorrhagic viruses like Ebola and Lassa. Our understanding of communicable diseases and how to manage them has put us in good stead when it comes to coronavirus.

    African governments have been swift and proactive in implementing measures to flatten the coronavirus curve. By early May, 43 African countries had full border closures, 53 had closed institutions of learning, 54 had limited public gatherings, 26 had instituted the compulsory use of face masks, 32 had instituted night-time curfews and 18 had imposed nation-wide lockdowns

    The African Union developed a comprehensive Joint Continental Strategy to guide cooperation between member states and set up a Covid-19 Response Fund. A number of countries, including South Africa, have rolled out massive food relief and social assistance measures to support the vulnerable during this time.

    Although there have been severe shortcomings and constraints, such as the shortage of personal protective equipment, testing kits and ventilators, there have also been stories of excellence and intercontinental collaboration.

    One such example is the work of the African Centres for Disease Control (ACDC) and prevention, a world-class institution with capabilities for disease surveillance and intelligence and health emergency preparedness and response.

    African countries have scaled up their respective capacities for screening, testing and isolating. In April, the AU and the ACDC launched the Partnership to Accelerate Covid-19 testing to strengthen testing capacity in vulnerable countries, with the aim of testing 10 million people over the next six months. Through this partnership warehousing and distribution hubs are being set up across the continent to distribute medical supplies. The aim is to pool the procurement of diagnostics and other medical commodities.

    The deployment of community health workers to do screening, testing, contact tracing and case management is happening in many African countries, and draws heavily on our experience with HIV and TB.

    African nations have also joined the race to produce test kits, with Senegal in an advanced stage of developing a low-cost testing kit.

    At lease 25 African countries have registered clinical trials for possible Covid-19 treatments, including for the BCG vaccine, hydroxychloroquine, antiretrovirals and Remdesivir, and as part of the global Solidarity clinical trials.

    Whether it is in repurposing health protocols used with other infectious disease outbreaks, rapidly deploying health care workers to communities, or in launching mobile Covid-19 testing labs to improve national testing capacities, Africa is working proactively to overcome this global threat.

    Though it is clear we will continue to rely on the support of the international community and international financial institutions to bolster the existing continental effort and build economic resilience, African countries are holding their own.

    This Africa Day we are reminded once again that the solutions to Africa’s problems, be they overcoming disease or eradicating poverty and underdevelopment, reside within Africa itself.

    Although the coronavirus pandemic is not an African problem alone, we have shown ourselves capable of agility and ingenuity. The work being done to defeat the coronavirus is evidence of a continent determined to leverage its strengths and capabilities to resolve its own challenges.

    This is the premise on which the Organisation of African Unity was founded and it continues to guide and inspire us as we strive to build a better life for all of Africa’s people.

    Wherever you may be at this time, I wish you a happy Africa Day.

    With best wishes,

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    I think this is a very nice piece…-their-diversity-20200521

    Africans should unite in their diversity

    Malesela Maubane 2020-05-22 01:00


    Africa month this year is celebrated in the midst of the global Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. This will also be the case for Africa Day on May 25, which is the commemoration of the 1963 founding of the Organisation of African Unity, now known as the African Union (AU).

    Amid the locked down Africa month, I look back at growing up in a Northern Sotho speaking household in Mohlonong village, Ga-Mashashane in Limpopo. I encountered English and Afrikaans languages at school. I was further exposed to isiNdebele and Xitsonga languages in the streets.

    Though as a grandson of Phooko ya dinaka I sang about mitshelo, as in fruits, in the Madenathaga Primary School choir in the mid-80s. Tshivenda sounded unfamiliar to my ear for some time. Imagine hearing tshikoli nga bonndo in the mid-90s, as the Thohoyandou bound taxi snaked through the famous Tshakhuma market.

    My expectation was to see soft drinks, only to realise that the vendors were selling corn for R2, zwithu zwa hone!


    Former Tanzanian president Mwalimu Julius Nyerere

    I got to learn some standard grade Tshivenda in the mid-90s, thanks to my three classmates at the erstwhile Technikon Northern Gauteng in Soshanguve. This is where I also picked up a combination of SiSwati, isiZulu and isiXhosa.

    On the issue of ethnicity and unity, former Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf reminds us that: “Ethnicity should enrich us; it should make us a unique people in our diversity and not be used to divide us.”

    The five years I spent working in the border town of Musina, a melting pot of cultures, in the early to mid-2000s, sometimes felt like experiencing South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique in one place. I was now able to navigate Nancefield, Mshongoville, Skoonplaas, Campbell (Khembo), Copper Pot, Harper Mine, among others, with the local blend of Sotho and my now improved Tshivenda!

    After all, former president Nelson Mandela said: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”

    Dumela Gaborone

    As I was retracing my ancestry, I learnt through my great-uncle, Thupetji, in 1992 that the Maubane people belong to the Bakgatla-ba-Mocha tribe. The tribe owes its being to Mocha, son of Chief Matlaisane, a descendant of Chief Tabane.

    According to Ngaka Modiri Molema in the book The Bantu past and present: An Ethnographic and historical study of the Native races of South Africa, Tabane’s ancestry can be traced back to Mokgatla, after which the Bakgatla tribe is named and is a descendant of Mohurutshe.

    Though several texts indicate that Tabane might have left the Bakgatla tribe with some followers, moving to Zoutpansberg and marrying VhaVenda women, this information cannot be confirmed.

    Bahurutshe or Bakgatla-ba-Bagolo are apparently an offshoot of Bakwena, who Molema estimated their arrival in South Africa from Bechuanaland – present day Botswana – towards the end of the 16th century.

    It is thus important to record our stories, so that future generations can refer to correct history and as author, Bessie Head said: “I write because I have authority from life to do so.”

    Mhoroi Harare

    Zimbabwe, including its language, is easily accessible from Musina. Learning what Jah Seed’s Shona verses on Bongo Maffin’s song Mari ye phepha meant, was an aha moment.

    Goat meat was never in short supply after soccer matches with Zimbabwean brothers around the Beitbridge area.

    Africa, let us be reminded, as late Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe once told us: “There are things one must do for oneself.” This includes unity.

    Moni Lilongwe


    Former president Nelson Mandela

    I picked a bit of the Chichewa language when I worked in Musina. It was however during one of the travels in Gauteng that a Malawian born chef was kind enough to teach me the basics.

    As I salute Lilongwe, former Malawian president Joyce Banda said: “Leadership is about falling in love with the people you serve and the people falling in love with you.”

    Onjane Maputo

    There were a few Mozambican nationals living among us in the village, either building houses for locals or fixing cars. Knowledge about Mozambique was until the mid-90s limited to Samora Machel and Maputo been a refuge for South African freedom fighters.

    One September in 2009, crossing the Lebombo border post for the Southern African Inter-Municipal Sports Association games, one was greeted by Onjane in Xichangana!

    During the stay in Maputo and Matola, it was evident that the country was still picking up the pieces in the wake of the brutal civil war and the recurrent floods over the years. The violence in Cabo Delgado province, northern Mozambique, is unfortunate and opposite to AU’s 2020 theme of silencing of guns.

    A visit to Maputo was definitely not going to be complete without strolling down Samora Machel Avenue or touching the Eduardo Mondlane University grounds.

    Let the late Mozambican president Samora Machel’s words, “For the nation to live, the tribe must die”, be with us.

    Muli shani Lusaka

    Zambia, Lusaka in particular, is recorded to have housed South African anti-apartheid activists. An invitation to address the Zambia Public Relations Association 7th Annual conference in February 2019 was an honour.

    In preparation for the Livingstone trip, one had to learn basic greetings in Bemba, Nyanja, Lozi and Tonga languages. I must say Nyanja sounded closer to Chichewa, while Lozi to Khelobedu.

    In the company of the then Zambian High Commissioner to South Africa, we announced our arrival by paying a courtesy visit to the mayor of Livingstone, as is customary for African folks. An amazing hospitality experience was awaiting us on the banks of the Zambezi river.

    First president of an independent Zambia, Kenneth Kaunda told us that: “The moment you have protected an individual, you have protected society.”

    Read: After Covid-19, we must prioritise locals without discriminating against foreign nationals

    Habari Dar es Salaam!

    The freedom of South Africa was plotted in Morogoro, Tanzania, among the many places.

    An opportunity to address the Public Relations Society of Tanzania members in Dar es Salaam as part of the 2019 edition of Africa Communications Week (AWC) was thrilling.

    Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse’s song Zanzibar also came to mind and one thought of an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the place too! It was however not to be due to passport validity and visa issues, thus having to settle for a chat.

    ACW’s mission is to empower and equip Africa focused communications professionals with the tools and resources to change the current narratives about Africa.

    Fellow Africans, the ball is in our court to create good inter-tribal narratives, then pull together in creating a shared African narrative while celebrating Africanism all year.

    Hello Africa, Manahoana Antananarivo (Malagasy), Iyaa Windhoek (Herero), Muraho Kigali (Kinyarwanda), Mbote Kinshasa (Lingala), P?l? o Lagos (Yoruba).

    It was the late Tanzanian president Mwalimu Julius Nyerere who told us that: “Unity will not make us rich, but it can make it difficult for Africa and the African peoples to be disregarded and humiliated.”

    One Africa, God protect us from the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso.

    Maubane is a public relations strategist and social commentator

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    These are quotes from an African spiritual teacher Sobonfu Some. She passed in January 2017. -

    She wrote 3 books - Welcoming Spirit Home: Ancient African Teachings to Celebrate Children and Community, Falling Out of Grace: Meditations on Loss, Healing and Wisdom

    The Spirit of Intimacy: Ancient Teachings in the Ways of Relationships and these quotes are from those.


    These 3 are about community and relationships. They are short so I'm posting them in full.


    "The community concept is based on the fact that each person is invaluable and truly irreplaceable. Each person has a gift to give, a contribution to make to the whole. The kind of gift a person brings, the kind of being a person is, is very unique to him or her and is valued by the community. The community is constantly affirming each person, and that constant affirmation is why people are always in the community. We sleep together. We work together. We walk together. When we are 'separate' we are vulnerable and are more likely to underestimate the self. This way of life may sound like an invasion of privacy to a lot of people, but not in my village. Being in community forces us to cultivate a deeper sense of intimacy with one another, to notice one another and value one another's gifts."

    — Welcoming Spirit Home: Ancient African Teachings to Celebrate Children and Community

    The Spiritual Dimension of Relationships

    "There is a spiritual dimension to every relationship, no matter what its origins, whether it is acknowledged as spiritual or not. Two people come together because spirit wants them together. What is important now is to look at the relationship as spirit-driven, instead of driven by the individual.

    "The role of spirit in our relationships is to be the driver, to monitor our relationships for the good. Its purpose is to help us to be better people, to bind us in such a way that we maintain our connection, not only with ourselves, but also with the great beyond. Spirit helps us fulfill our own life purpose and maintain our sanity."

    — The Spirit of Intimacy: Ancient Teachings in the Ways of Relationships

    Bonding Between the Generations

    "In the village the intimate relationship between the very young and the very old is kept alive by constant bonding and through rituals. Like any relationship, it is subject to renewal… Throughout the year grandparents and their grandchildren do what is called a 'back bonding' ritual. They sit back-to-back, usually grandmother to granddaughter and grandfather to grandson, and allow their spine bones to protrude and touch each other's. In this way they are able to deeply communicate. They stay in a meditation posture for as long as needed. Sometimes they sing or tell each other stories. Bones in our culture represent memory; bones carry stories in them. When you sit with your spine touching another person's spine, it is like transferring information from one computer station to another."

    — Welcoming Spirit Home: Ancient African Teachings to Celebrate Children and Community

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    Africa didn't have any organised religion such as in Europe until Islam and Christianity arrived in the North in 7CE - - and 1st century respectively - - Christianity in the rest of the continent arrived largely with the early colonisers in the 14th century onwards. Before that the systems of Sub- Saharan Africa consisted of primitive ancestor and spirit worship coupled with many superstitions. Africa was however not devoid of wisdom. It had its teachers and have many specific expressions which also shows African`s close connection with nature.…isdom-of-african-sayings/

    African proverbs

    Wherever they originate, proverbs are a significant part of oral tradition passed down from generation to generation in various forms. Throughout the African continent you’ll find a proud history of oral storytelling punctuated regularly with proverbs, some of which have made there way into everyday language in other parts of the world.

    For example, the popular saying, “It takes a village to raise a child” has become so ingrained in popular culture around the globe it has practically become a cliché.

    Some people argue the saying comes from the Bible because it embodies a worldview relating to unity and self-sacrifice found in various passages. However, the saying itself is probably more likely to originate from the Igbo or Yoruba people of Nigeria where, as in many other parts of Africa, raising a child requires the participation of an entire community.

    African proverbs in a modern world

    Whatever the frame of reference, proverbs have been a source of guidance for African communities in times of uncertainty and remain an inherent part of various societies. According to the Ashanti people of Ghana, “We speak to a wise man in proverbs and not in plain language”. For many people in various African countries, proverbs are wisdom and wisdom is life.

    Nowadays, there’s a growing sense in some cultures that proverbs are the fading residue of old traditions and philosophies.

    However, they are by nature an expression of human observation on everyday occurrences and timeless matters concerning nature, family, birth, life, and death. Increasingly popular sayings of today could well become the cross-cultural universal wisdoms of tomorrow. After all, according to another African proverb, “A wise man who knows proverbs can reconcile all difficulties”.…s-and-sayings-to-live-by/

    1. ”Teeth do not see poverty”.

    Even when circumstances are dire, people still manage to find something to smile about.

    2. ”Only a fool tests the depth of a river with both feet”.

    Don’t leap into a situation without first thinking about the consequences.

    3. ”Do not look where you feel, but where you slipped”.

    Rather than dwelling on your mistake, look at what caused you to make the mistake.

    4. ”The best way to eat an elephant in your path is to cut him up into little pieces”.

    The best way to solve a problem is to tackle it bit by bit, one step at a time.

    5. ”He who does not know one thing knows another”.

    No one can know everything but everyone knows something.

    6. ”Rain beats the leopards skin but it does not wash out the spots”.

    No matter how hard you try, you cannot change another person’s character.

    Similarly, if you behave badly and develop a poor reputation, it’s difficult to change other people’s opinions of you, regardless of how many good deeds you perform.

    7. ”No matter how hot your anger is it cannot cook yams”.

    While anger can prompt a positive action that may resolve an issue, the act of getting angry resolves nothing.

    8. ”A roaring lion kills no game”.

    Sitting around and talking about something gains nothing. The saying also implies that you should work towards your goals quietly rather than bragging about your achievements prematurely

    9. ”Do not call the forest that shelters you a jungle”.

    Do not disrespect or insult someone who shares your burdens and responsibilities or who takes care of you.

    10. ”Rain does not fall on one roof alone”.

    Trouble does not discriminate. It comes to everyone at some point.

    11. ”Ears that do not listen to advice, accompany the head when it is chopped off”.

    A person who does not heed advice will suffer the consequences.

    12. ”Not everyone who chased the zebra caught it, but he who caught it, chased it”.

    Not everyone who chased an objective attained it but who attained it kept up the effort.