Of Coffee With Unveilings

If you were having coffee with me, I would be ever so happy to have you visit my socially distanced space on the internet, grab a cuppa and put your feet up. I am having pot of herbal ginger and lemon tea, had a bit of cold but I am almost all good now and not entertaining any morbid thoughts from when I wrote Coffee With Bones thank you very much…

They say eyes are the windows to the soul, does this mean that our eyelids are like curtains or drapes and opening them is unveiling ourselves to the world….

windows to the soul

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that almost a year after the Zimbabwean government begun the construction of the Mbuya Nehanda Statue it was finally unveiled on Africa Day…

Mbuya Nehanda Statue

The whole process was not without drama not forgetting how COVID kinda of put a spanner in things and how the bronze statue had to be recast because the president had not liked the youthful and perky rendition of Mbuya Nehanda the artist had chosen, instead of something more similar to how we remember the late heroine from history books.

Mbuya nehanda Statue
The Initial Statue Of Mbuya Nehanda

At the unveiling of the Mbuya Nehanda Statue the president said that “The unveiling of the statue of Mbuya Nehanda Nyakasikana is the manifestation of the bold commitment to reconstruct our country’s rich past and history” and hoped that the statue would also boost tourism…

Mbuya nehanda Statue unveiled

Mbuya Nehanda is liberation war heroine named after the spirit medium who channeled her spirit Charwe Nyakasikana and was executed by the colonialists in 1898. For some back story read my article Coffee With Mbuya Nehanda. At her death she refused to convert to Christianity and died unrepentant with her last words being her bones would rise again.

Its said her body or her skull may have been on display in a museum in the UK and the president is committed in a fact-finding team to get to the bottom of this and work on a repatriation exercise to bring back the bones of our ancestors.

Some people have expressed how while it is important to honour our history we must be wary of misappropriating and reconstructing a self-serving version of the past. While this was supposed to be a national event, it was nuanced as a ruling party event and only guests dressed in the party colours were welcome… Someone remarked how they are now making it seem like Mbuya Nehanda formed or supported the ruling party yet it didn’t exist in the 1890s…

unveiling of Mbuya Nehanda Statue

If you were having coffee with me I would ask you to join me in wondering if the state cant decide if we are Christian State, a Traditional State or walk some confused hybrid between the two at great disservice to either… Regardless of our spiritual or religious viewpoints, from a case of priorities, the budget for the statue is reported at about R2,184575 (about USD150 000) which could have better served the nation like let’s say rehabilitating a hospital ward named after Mbuya Nehanda…

ED was anointed by spirit mediums

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that on the same day another unveiling also occurred at Bhalagwe Concentration Camp in memory of people who were buried in mass graves during a massacre in the mid 1980s which the government would rather sweep away under a rug and pretend it never happened. Maybe I missed the memo, but I have never quite heard the government’s official position, I know they once set up a commission of enquiry and things went a bit south, besides I am yet to see a commission of inquiry yield results maybe we need a commission of inquiry into commissions of inquiries..

Bhalagwe Memorial plaque 
officially opened by Chief Fuyane
Bhalagwe Memorial Plaque Image Credit Zenzele

Roads leading to the unveiling had police presence and they were very strict to ensure that they complied with the COVID regulations and kept to strictly 50 people… A tale of two unveilings. One has 24-hour armed security and the other was reported to have been vandalised a day after it was unveiled.

Bhalagwe Memorial plaque vandalised
Bhalagwe Memorial Plaque Vandalised Source:Community Podium

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that on the same day the president also unveiled a gift to traditional chiefs in the form of brand new double cab trucks…

MeanwhileSouth Africa through the African Renaissance & International Cooperation Fund (ARF) was also donating a shipment of relief supplies to Zimbabwe in humanitarian support to those affected by Cyclone Idai 2019, which the president graciously received.

I am not trying to say anything I am just unveiling the things my eyes have seen like how we are 151 days into the year and the government is already at Statutory Instrument 127 of 2021 I will have to look into if its standard practice for governments to issue out so many decrees. I am always apprehensive when a new Statutory Instrument is unveiled because they seem to take away more than they give like some ironic law of unintended consequences…

If you were having coffee with me I would be happy to unveil to you a blogging challenge that will be coming up starting June.. The Afrobloggers WinterABC Storytelling Festival with each week carrying a theme, so I will posting more, way more this June.

What’s been happening in your neck of the woods anything you have unveiled ^_^

~B

PS we had our monthly bloggers meet up past weekend and it was lit I dream of a time when we can actually have these in person, universe make it happen^_^

14 Comments

  1. Interesting. Yeah it’s pretty sick that it only matters when alleged Jews get allegedly genocided. And it is impossible for there to be a Christian State. Any entity that tries to is part of the antichrist. Have a great day.

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    1. Just to be clear the Memorial Statue of Mbuya Nehanda and is guarded by 24hr armed security….
      The Memorial Plaque is the one which was vandalised and it happened the night after it was unveiled….
      ~B

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      1. Sorry, I actually did mean plaque. That’s sad. I had to quickly move on to ‘Of Coffee with Mbuya Nehanda’ to know more about the woman and the whole statue story.

        Reminds me of a similar story from Western Uganda from early colonial days. Quick facts;

        Spirit: Nyabingi ( which has rastafari relations)
        Medium: Queen Muhumuza daughter of a Rwandan King.

        Long story short, she rallied natives who believed in her to roll and hurl rocks downhill towards British colonial forces. She was later captured. Not very much recognized in Uganda, at least not yet.

        Mbuya Nehanda reminded me of her. Strong African women.

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      2. The Colonial days put the lid on African heroes, wouldn’t do to have them having a person or symbol to rally around.

        Even know as the government tries to recognize this past you can tell there’s large chunks of things we don’t know most information known about Mbuya Nehanda is from exercpts and journals written by colonialists and we’ve likely assimilated their inaccuracies and or biases…

        I just looked up Queen Muhumuza and it is indeed similar.. I even had a crazy thought that what if they all channelled the same spirit..
        The spirit of freedom and resistance even against unlikely odds

        Thank you for sharing that bit will also look more into it… Who knows might revist this idea in the culture week of winterABC

        ~B

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    1. Thank you for visiting ^_^
      Also yeah you now how some can start trying to infer implications and then suddenly you find my site flagged as subversive 😂 so yeah I’m not trying to say anything

      Thanks again and have an awesome new month
      ~B

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