Archive for December 2010

Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa

Saturday, 25. December 2010

SAFM talk radio did feature at least an hour on Kwanzaa, having Baba Buntu from Ebukhosini Solutions in the studio, who organises the KWANZAA ceremony for the ninth year in Gauteng with growing success. Being pretty much unknown in Europe a little bit of background might be of interest. KWANZAA is not a religious festivity, but an attempt to gather on Pan-African values, especially in the diaspora.
Kwanzaa History
Kwanzaa is a weeklong celebration mainly held in the US honoring universal African-American heritage  and culture, observed from December 26 to January 1 each year.  It was created by Maulana Karenga, Professor of Africana Studies California State University–Long Beach, and was first celebrated in 1966 – 1967. The name Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means “first fruits” in Swahili. Each family celebrates Kwanzaa in its own way, but celebrations often include songs and dances, African drums, storytelling, poetry reading, and a large traditional meal. On each of the seven nights, the family gathers and a child lights one of the candles on the Kinara (candleholder), then one of the seven principles is discussed. The principles, called the Nguzo Saba (seven principles in Swahili) are values of African culture.

  • Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
  • Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
  • Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems, and to solve them together.
  • Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
  • Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
  • Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
  • Imani (Faith): To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

She’s gone …

Friday, 24. December 2010

not to miss her daughter’s wedding.

Flying is not Monique’s favorite. In addition little sleep due to my emergency room adventure last night, and uncertainties about the weather conditions in Germany, and whether she could manage the get the wedding gift into the aircraft kept her nervous. Luckily a friend was traveling on the same flight.

We picked her up, no traffic towards the airport. What was indicated when I did print Monique’s boarding pass earlier, got proved true. At the Lufthansa counters no queues, not even any other passenger but us. Ground staff indicated, that they could almost every passenger provide his own complete seatrow.

And it turned out, getting the wedding gift thru security wasn’t an issue at all.

Come back safely!

Allergic Reaction

Thursday, 23. December 2010

When I came home from work, Monique did ask “so, what is the plan for tonight?”  She had in mind that is was the last evening before her flying to Germany.

So we decided eating out. An since she was keen for fish, I checked out the internet. I found a pretty historic place – The Radium Beer Hall, situated in a neigbourhood the most part of  (white) South Africans most likely won’t. Atmosphere was great, food was good – I had Chicken Liver Peri Peri, and Yellow Tail, and sparkling water.

I always thought, I am not very allergic, but what started happening on our way home already wasn’t fun at all. I save yourself the details, most disturbuing my ever color changing skin from fire red to pale white forth and back, and heavy breathing.

At about 1 am I finaly was convinced seeing the emergency room.