Of Coffee With Nuts

If you were having coffee with me, I would welcome you to my socially distanced corner of the internet as our country hunkers down for new lockdown measures starting Monday 14th of June in face of the rising cases of COVID.

Growing up I used to really love peanuts, my grandmother, bless her soul, used to make sure when I visited her, regardless of the season, would magically conjure up a batch of preserved nuts that had been boiled and dried and would pack a bit more for me take back home.

Eating unshelled peanuts is an interesting art, sometimes you crack open a shell only to find it’s empty inside or you pick the biggest looking which turns out to have a sophisticated culture of mold…

moldy peanuts

You can count your lucky stars if you weren’t just crushing the nuts open and tossing them into your mouth because what would follow next, would be a rude awakening as the foul taste invades your mouth spoiling everything for days… Noooooooo

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that sometimes I cant tell if its the citizens who are nuts or it’s the government that is nuts or maybe when you earn peanuts no one should fault you for acting like a monkey… Yesterday the Vice president announced new measures to curb the rising COVID cases.

Ministry of Health Zimbabwe June 2021 Covid-19 measures

The government says it makes decisions based on scientific information available at the time… Which is why just on Thursday the president had said that musicians and artists could start having shows and even donated musical kits to some creatives.. then a couple of days later the Vice President who is also the minister of health was announcing how due to a general complacency in adhering to preventative measures, new measures would be implemented.

President supports musicians

As gatherings have been banned guess that’s that and that is that. Looks like going into town is soon going to be an ordeal again. I can imagine roadblocks will be back up and police asking one to show that they have legit business to be travelling.

….Meanwhile the battle with pirate minivan taxis had been raging on with a melee which resulted in a taxi vans burning down, some say police caused it throwing tear gas anyhoo, the police say vendors and touts set it on fire and truth is…, well it just means it will be that much harder to travel…

Public taxi van burnt in a melee Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that I was chatting with some friends from The Pearl of Africa; Uganda and they also had lockdown measures re-imposed with possibility of total lockdown, following a wearisome increase in COVID-19 infections. A large part of the blame is again due to poor compliance of preventative protocol.

Presidential guidelines on covid-19 Uganda

I understand the need to force compliance on people but the measures always seem about an authoritarian power consolidation than a remedial solution to the pandemic… Cant help think of a scene in iRobot when the robots are telling people to stay in their homes, for their own protection a curfew is in effect….

I, Robot – Die NS-5 Roboter unter V.I.K.I übernehmen die Herrschaft. Die  Revolution beginnt. - YouTube

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you just finished the second week of the Afrobloggers WinterABC Storytelling Festival and still going strong.. if you missed it here are the posts I published this past week:

Of Being A Creative: Money Matters… about managing finances as a creative and avoiding being the “struggling creative” statistic.

Of Being A Creative: The Soul Beneath… if you want to understand where I create from

Of Being A Creative: Things Not To Say To A Blogger… 15 things you should avoid saying if you don’t want to trivialise the work a blogger puts into their craft.

Of Ghosting: A very unlikely ghost story you wont see coming

Coffee with Kites For Peace: A CoffeeChat conversation with Suraiya Essof, Founder and director of Kites For Peace Zimbabwe.

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that Twitter is still restricted in Nigeria and the hashtag #KeepItON is being used in solidarity. Former US President Trump was hailing the president of Nigeria on his decision to ban twitter….Moving on, while chatting with a friend from Nigeria they were telling me how they were waiting for the other shoe to drop, last time when the lights went off that’s when they had the Lekki Massacre happened; now what will happen under the cover of the Twitter outage… Yesterday Nigerians had a June 12th Protest…

June12Protest Nigeria Image Credit Maleek Berry

The happenings in and around African countries is always so weirdly familiar and I was reflecting on this as I read a blog post by Wonani about the Zambian Politics and the Constitutional Debate.. which echoes a crisis our own constitution seems to be facing as the Chief Justice battles to stay in power, you would think only presidents did that…. well we all a little nutty I guess.

Chief Justice Malaba demands JSC probe

What good is a constitution if it cant be upheld, is it like a beautiful looking nut full of promise which you crack open to find…. its not quite what you expect

Peanuts shaped into Zimbabwe Map Image Credit Alex Magaisa

Whats going on in your neck of the woods… anything driving you nuts?

~B

14 Comments

  1. I’ve at times eaten the entire peanut shell and all. I got that from my Mom. Geez, the lock down measure sound awful brother, I like how the Vice President prefaced the misery to come with seemingly good news. My job is now mask optional. I haven’t been wearing it, but most likely will come the fall/winter months or obviously there is a surge, currently there isn’t. My wife and I will be attending socially distanced live theater next month, and hope to see a reggae band perm next Saturday.

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    1. It tastes awkward with the shell… And there’s chances of eating the bitter ones, unless you have been lucky to never come across that type,?

      The Vice President and the President seem to be in some low key power play games how it will resolve, well time.

      Oh reggae band? Now that sounds like some cool vibes I would be counting the sleeps to Saturday 😂

      Cheers to the week ahead
      ~B

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  2. Hehehe Your artistes celebrated for only a moment ,in Uganda it was interesting when the president said gatherings and bars should close down yet he never opened them I’m the first place people have been operating illegally.

    We are trying to keep safe back here and strong as we say Goodbye to some of our loved ones .

    We praying this ends soon because we are not sure how long we can last with current surge when the president decided to cut the health budget plus vaccines are being stolen and they are currently investigating 🤦🤦🤦

    It’s alot but we keep moving.

    Thanks for sharing

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    1. Haha the artiste had better have made use of the weekend because now we back to no gatherings.

      It’s always difficult watching so many people deal with loss of loved ones, stay safe out there

      Amidst this all wishing you a good week
      ~B

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    1. Haha you can always count on them to make decisions which will cause the greatest inconvenience to the most number of people
      ~B

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  3. In my neck of the woods, face to face lectures resume tomorrow and the lockdown too. Did I mention I did not get campus accommodation and will have to commute from home? I can already imagine the disaster looming ahead

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    1. It’s crazy like has anyone thought through how all this is supposed to work.
      Hopefully they iron out the logistics without inconvenience.
      Have a great week lectures and all 🍻
      ~B

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  4. I’m so sorry to hear more lockdowns happening soon there. We are to open up more in a few days and we have a high population vaccinated in the state of California. Crazy days!! Hope all is well with you and family! 🤠 Stay safe out there! ~ D

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  5. That image of Zimbabwe done with nuts is quite impressive. I can see some shells with 4 nuts inside, what a high quality crop. Just hope the nuts inside are as big and the shells.

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