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Anuwa?

By M'kwanailya wa Mweuta
While almost everyone in the UK is celebrating the birth of Prince George Louis, the son of Prince William and Kate, in Namibia we are cursing the Princes of Ondonga and her husband for having hired the government helicopter for their wedding.

In Britain, the moment the image of baby's George's swaddle (baby blanket) appeared on social networks platforms, it was immediately sold out in the shops. Equally the moment the pale blue polka-dot dress worn by the Duchess of Cambridge when she left the Hospital appear in pictures, dotted dresses became the in- thing instantly. We read that the news of the Prince was greeted with shrieks of joy and excited applause by hundreds of Britons and tourists gathered outside the hospital and Buckingham Palace.

People who respect their culture and admire their "aantu" royal families, staged impromptu parties and large crowds crushed against the palace gates to try to catch a glimpse - and a photograph - of the golden easel placed there to formally announce the birth.

It was reported that in London, gun salutes were fired, celebratory lights came on, and bells chimed at Westminster Abbey. Apart from complaining about rightfully usage of the state property, it is clear that our society is losing respect of our culture and as parents we are all culprits. All what our children know and talk about are the Beyonces and the Kardashians.

Ask them the Chief of the Tswanas in Namibia and they will tell is "Hosea Kutako". The situation is being aggravated by the fact that English is the official language in Namibia leaving other African languages "being less important" in the eyes of our children. Children in the rural areas are better off when it comes to the knowledge of some cultural norms, believes and practices. Meanwhile those in the cities have lost their touch completely with their roots.

The name of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby is George, a typical English name. I am still recovering from a shock after I observed a parent being scorned by her 12 years daughter for having called her Mbapewa, her first name on a school ground. The child was very upset because in her words "by calling me Mbapewa, instead of Jessica, which is known at school, her mother embarrassed her, and other kids will also know that she is a Vamboe".

It seems we have not yet graduated from the inferiority complex grade the colonial master left us 23 years ago. Sadly, we have passed on this culture of identity mutilation practice to our children. While we should by all means reject Ethnocentrism - the belief that one's own culture is superior to that of other cultures, we should encourage culture manifestation. People are what they learn and there is no culture which is inferior to the other one.

We ought to respect our symbols, heroes, and rituals associated with our clans and origins.

Perhaps the recent royal wedding of the princes of Ondonga should be our starting point. Instead of criticising the mode of transport hired and used, a detailed feature article on the rituals and logistics involved in preparing Omundonga Princess for her wedding will be appropriate.





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