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IS THERE SOMETHING UNAFRICAN? - Ndaba Sibanda (Zimbabwe)

 


IS THERE SOMETHING UNAFRICAN?

-         Ndaba Sibanda (Zimbabwe)

 

It is a country on the southernmost tip

of Africa, and it`s a proper name

that has the word Africa in it.

 

Some of that Southern African nation`s

official languages entail: Zulu, Sotho,

Ndebele, Xhosa, Venda, Tswana and English. 

 

This African nation is separated by the Limpopo River

from a landlocked country in Southern Africa whose political,

historical, cultural factors influence its linguistic landscape.

 

That both countries share historical, cultural and linguistic

similarities is no debate, for instance, both citizens speak:

Sotho, Ndebele, Xhosa ,Venda, Tswana and English.

 

It is a country on the southernmost tip

of Africa, and it`s a proper name

that has the word Africa in it.

 

What is improper is the lack of respect

for the sanctity of life, brutality and criminality,

whether perpetrated by a citizen or an immigrant.

 

 

African leaders have a duty to serve the interests

of their nations and citizens in a total and true fashion,

anything else is inexcusable, unfit and unacceptable.

 

What is also inexcusable, unfit and unacceptable

is to slay another African citizen by virtue

of that he was an undocumented immigrant.

 

How sad that the words Africa, African

have lost their essence in a heartless pool

of Afrophobia, Xenophobia or Anti-Africanism.

 

In both countries, one can find a Dube, a Khumalo,

A Mudau, a Ndlovu, a Nyathi and even a Dlamini –

does their brotherhood diminish by virtue of borders?

 

How sad that artificial, colonial boundaries have

overridden historical, cultural and linguistic affinities  

and humanity and haunted, blinded brothers like ghosts.

 

Indeed there is a race for wealth, jobs, power and survival,

but what boggles me is that an undocumented non-black

African can live in there without hassles or eyebrows raised.        

 

It is a country on the southernmost tip

of Africa, and it`s a proper name

that has the word Africa in it.

Is there something UnAfrican? 

 

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