Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Of Shattered Identities, My Grandfather, and Africa's Future...

By Shingi Mavima


"You know, sometimes I think the worst thing that colonization did was cloud our view of the past. Without the white man, we might be able to make better use of our history. We might look at some of our former practices and decide they are worth preserving. Others, we might grow out of. Unfortunately, the white man has made us very defensive. We end up clinging to all sorts of things that have out lived their usefulness. Polygamy, collective land ownership. These things worked well in their time, but now they most often become tools for abuse by men, by governments: and yet, if you say these things, you have been infected by Western ideology."- Dr. Rukia Odero from "Dreams from My Father" by Barack Obama

                                       Somewhere, beyond these Zimbabwean Hills, lives a legendary medicine man...


My grandfather, by traditional (and what I’ve since learnt, universal) standards, is a simple and noble man. For decades now, ‘Kulu’ (grandpa), as he is affectionately known by family and the community at large, has lived in the same house