The sacrifice made by those students nearly half a century ago is why we need to keep remembering and why #blacklivesmatter is so important.
Because, just like in 1976, until ALL lives really do matter and are truly equal in value, opportunity, and expectation, Black Lives Matter is a necessary campaign and definitely worth protesting for.
The words of our once-banned national anthem Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfika…
Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika
(God Bless Africa)
Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo,
(Raise high Her glory)
Yizwa imithandazo yethu,
(Hear our Prayers)
Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo
(God bless us, we her children)
Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso,
(God protect our nation)
O fedise dintwa le matshwenyeho,
(End all wars and tribulations)
O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso,
(Protect us, protect our nation)
Setjhaba sa South Afrika – South Afrika.
(Our nation South Africa – South Africa)
a group of early morning walkers, singing in the street, to greet the day…
bringing juice home for the kids!
On our adventures, we came across many interesting aspects of nature…
Thorn trees prickle
in the heat
of the day,
in fuzzy bouquets…
really up close,
acquiring an air of the grandiose…
the richness of Africa
tokens of repect
*Lobola; a bride price, typically of cattle, paid to a bride’s father.
THE traditional custom of lobola, also known as “bride-price” or “bride-worth”, may sometimes be misunderstood by western eyes but in African culture, it is a ritual that helps to bring two families closer together.
It is aimed at developing mutual respect, and showing that a woman’s future husband is capable of financially supporting his wife.
It is a token of thanks and appreciation on the groom’s part to the family of the bride for their care over her and for allowing her to become his wife.
“Don’t set sail using someone else’s star!” African Proverb
Original image by Beatriz Serrano Solano