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Anuwa?

By M'kwanailya wa Mweuta
The ovula /odula/ ombura, reen, / awi (rain) "word" has become in instant famous on everybody's lips these days! In each conversation people laments its absence and the question on everybody's lips is when is it coming and will it ever come this year? There are many theories associated with its absence as per the so called first world scientists' theories.

I must confess that one theory which convinced me is that anuwa a close friend is pinching herself for ignoring the knowledge transfer session from her late father when he wanted to impart her with skills of bringing the rain when it took long.

"I can vividly remember when a delegation of about five men including my father left for Evale a village in Angola with a mission of bringing the rain.

She claimed that few days later the delegation came back heading a cow with swollen udder and milk drips from its teats while constantly bawling. Literally anuwa an hour later, thunder and heavy rain followed for weeks! She maintained that the theory of rain being fetched in the past by elders produced desired outcomes!

While the Evale rain is still debateable, the lack of indigenous knowledge transfer is a very serious one and every parent should be worried about.

I am ashamed to say this but it is true that while I meet all the definition of a villager, I cannot brew traditional omalodu, not extract marula oil the traditional way, and have never tried to chaff mahangu from the hay (okuyela).

My reasons for ignoring my late mother's several knowledge transfer attempts was that " I am not interested, I will be an educated somebody and will employ people to do the work for me".

Today, anuwa 'boss madam' is shamelessly and embarrassingly nagging her house helper (nanny) to teach her this and that.

In my attempt to hide my weakness and avoid my ignorance exposure I lied to her to write me a step by step instructional manual on how to brew omalodu 'for my child's school assignment because I do not have time ". ( I hope she will not read this!) This situation however should not go on like this in the era of technology. Indigenous knowledge transfer projects are vital and need to be intensified. In our diverse communities, our elders possess a great amount of cultural knowledge on husbandry, herb knowledge and religious rituals. They also have the modus operandi to transfer this knowledge to those lacking them.

Will my grandchild ever work into bookstore and buy a DVD on how to make a bessies cake? (oshighandemba). It is a fact that today's youths are and will continue to be dislocated from their original communities into urban areas where they are being prepared to be global citizens of this demanding world.

There is an urgent need to fill the cultural gap between our youth and their elders. This can only be done by means of preserving our indigenous knowledge with modern toolbox such as animations and game dynamics and post them on servers and facebooks for all to use!





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