Of Tales Of Afrika

Tales Of Afrika

My grandfather was the wisest person I knew, he is gone now and so is all the mysteries he knew…

I struggle to remember some of the tales he used to tell us about who I am and where I come from:

Hi mina Beaton
Wa Gilbert
Wa Tsamwisi
Wa Muzamani
Wa Ndalega
wa Ngwena
Wa Matsena
Wa Bhangwani
weka xinyori xahomba
Wakanga nzela ribwe

Uya chisa mlilo
Hikisile chauke
Chakungedzele ribweni
Loki uchiona chiehixele
chifile katika
Chihanya hlungwani angahlinga
Aukhosi wahina u’nzilo

I worry that one day I too wont be here and the little that I remember will also be forgotten, so I stopped telling tales and started writing them down. Immortality

 I have questions that keep me up on some nights, like for example, if Africa was the cradle of humankind, what happened to us?

Trip to Nariokotome | Turkana Basin Institute

I have even wondered on how Africa got its name and tried to research about using the only tool at my disposal The Internet… I wrote down my findings here Why Africa Is Called Africa

Why is Africa called Africa?

During my research into Africa’s name, I fell in love with the spelling of Afrika with a kay:

Why Afrika with a kay?

There’s something afro-centric about it, as if it acknowledges our troubled past and struggles to maintain our identity, finding our way back, back to what we forgot.

Most Afrikan languages have a K for to denote the Kaa sound in the –ca of Africa and the letter C for example in the Shona language is paired with an h then pronounced Ch as in chair/choose

Along the course of our history there has been substitution of ‘C’ for ‘K’ sound as in Kongo and Congo, Akra and Accra… Africa Afrika

Had Afrika never been colonised:

I wonder about how life would have been, for starters I can bet you we would not be known as Afrika, we would still remember a lot of what history has forgotten, the tales that lived in the richness of our oral tradition and connections to our lineage.

my roots firmly anchored
blooming where I am planted

Maybe we would have no words in the Afrikan languages for ‘war’ or ‘death’, only ‘peace’ and ‘love’ but then remembering some history lessons of pre-colonial times maybe we would still not be getting along empire against empire, tribe against tribe … the things we so to each other, some say that ethnic hate was sowed amongst as a means of dividing and conquering or maybe they just found it useful to forment…

Maybe we would never had had the concept of boarders without the pressure of colonisation… Its hard to tell because a lot of history got wiped away as if it were never existed and our history textbooks are constructs serving mostly to keep us ingrated to our leaders for freeing us from the evils of colonialism

An artist’s impression of how a map of 19th century Afrika would have looked without European influence

Alkebu-lan 1260 AH, by Nikolaj Cyon

The map has been listed on a Washington Post’s list of 40 Maps that explain the world

The map has its flaws, I find aspects of it problematic and there’s thing I don’t agree with, but the effort behind it is commendable, interesting map created by a Swedish artist  NikolaJ Cyon

Many things have been written and said for Afrika and about Afrika, but can Afrika tell its own story?

Africa remade

I cant rewrite history, but I can write about what I know, what I have learnt, and what I experience, the history that is unfolding before my eyes.

I am Afrika and these are my tales..

~B

I cant do magic… this is why I write: celebrating the magic and mystery of my ancestry

I cant do magic so I write

24 Comments

  1. Beaton hamuendhli!! Svatsakisa lesvi. My vocabulary of the Tsonga language is still limited. But your introduction inspired me to start learning the marvelous languages of the motherland

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    1. It’s Mr Greed
      Yep I think you can trace that down to the beginning of time when someone wanted to have all of everything and someone else wanted to be just like that too
      ~B

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      1. You do!! You have magic in your words B! You evoke such thought and I find your words so inspiring! Thank you for that, and you make the world a better place! 😍👍❤️

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  2. So much interesting detail! And the images! I was especially draw in by the artist’s rendition of what Afrika would have looked like without European influence. It really pulls the imagination in!

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