If you were having coffee with me, I would be happy you stopped by, and if its your first time here I would still greet you like a familiar friend, you know the ones, who are easy to talk to about 42, life the universe and everything and you are pleasantly surprised to discover you read the same the same books.
I would ask you if you believe soul mates are real?
If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you it was Africa Day on the 25th of May, strangely enough for a day that’s supposed to embody all things Africa only 10 countries observe it as a public holiday, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Lesotho, Namibia, Ghana, Angola, Mali, Mauritania, Gambia, and Equatorial Guinea.
Africa day is still widely celebrated both locally and globally with cultural showcases and even academic gatherings, not only embracing the diversity of African cultures but celebrating how far Africa has come and reflect on how far it still has to go in being a united decolonized continent.
If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that I wrote an Africa Day post a year ago and I would appreciate it if you read it and told me your thoughts it’s a A Letter To Africa *click to read.
Also if you haven’t read the late Binyavanga Wainaina’s How To Write About Africa you must read it, it’s a satirically devastating piece on how Africa’s been portrayed.
If you were having coffee with me I would ask you to forgive the mess this place is in, by this place I dont mean the continent (Africa) or the country (Zimbabwe) I meant, here where I am, I was the responsible adult in a house hosting a 21st birthday party so the aftermath looks like a storm blew past here.
I would have cleaned up before you arrived but there’s no electricity and when there’s no electricity there’s no water because no power for the submersible pump borehole hidden somewhere in the backyard and the municipal water never comes out of the taps.
We in stage two of the load-shedding schedule where there’s no electricity outside of the five to ten hours scheduled load shedding everyday depending on the daily power usage, sometimes I don’t even understand the schedule and I wonder if the power utility company even has a way forward.
If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that the fuel price has gone up again, so has commuter transport effectively and its predictable during the course of the week prices of most things will go up. The state slashed the prices for its public commuter bus service by half to ease the transport burden and knowing their budget even though it seems like a good idea its simply passing the costs back to the tax payer not to mention the overwhelming demand for cheap transport might have fatal consequences.
I live in a country where suddenly everyone is an expert analyst on markets, economy, politics, forecasting, speculating, coming up with a hustle, an havin an opinion on everything even though some we keep to ourselves.
Talk to anyone long enough and you can pick up the frustration and anger beneath the surface, they say Zimbabweans are peaceful people, and one of the things a wise man fears is the anger of a gentle person. I worry about what will happen as I wonder if this country can survive the current electoral cycle to the next elections in four years, can we even survive the year, can we srvive the winter?
It seems like we live life in waiting, waiting to see what happens next….
If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that its crazy how some of the problems we face are not unique to our country, there seems to be an underlying theme across the continent, change only comes from the revolutionaries then revolutions after then revolutions after that as the revolutionary parties hold citizens at ransom for the revolution, becoming the villains of their story.
If you were having coffee with me I would tell you watching the other world leaders has me wondering as well if there’s anyone who really has all their ish together, watching as May ends in June…
Whats going on in your neck of the woods? Here’s to an awesome week
PS it seems our electricity woes will only improve after it rains and that had me thinking, at least there are no vampires in Africa, we bless the rains down here…..
PPS I hope you do not own a Huawei Phone