By Dishonourable Ember
I am always amazed that many fellow Namibians do not know what are public holidays are and why we have the. No, I don't mean you and me; I am referring in particular to our white and coloured (yes!) brothers and sisters.
There I was sitting a public
venue on Saturday, 25 May, quietly
minding my own
business,when I overheard to of the
aforementioned discuss the day
and express their displeasure at the
fact that many shops were closed.
They did not know why! Then
came the hammer: 'It must one of
other public holiday again', they
Knock me down with a feather!
I know the speakers are born and
bred in Namibia and have lived
here for at least 40odd years. What
impertinence! What ignorance!
Now, many of us celebrate our
public holidays differently. Some
go and joint the festivities or commemorations
for that particular day; others will
honour the day more in seclusion
with only their family. Others still
take the time to arrange some kind
of celebration commemoration of
their own amongst family and
friends; while there are also those
who merely see a public holiday
as just that: a public holiday.
Let us move on to the day in
Question: Africa Day.
Being celebrated for the 50th
time since the establishment of the
OAU (Organisation of African
Unity) in 1963 to force SA to abandon
Apartheid and adopt true political
and parliamentary participation
and power to all the people of
the country, the organisation was
rename African Union in 2002.
Last week, Africa celebrated the
golden jubileein Addis Ababa, the
headquarters of the AU. Our founding
father and first president, dr
Sam Nujoma was one of the speakers
and what he had to say hit home
a number of times.
How aptly he clearly our task
as Africans if we want to survive
this age of renewed turmoil " I believe
that one of the effective strategies
to reach our goals is through
educating and training our youth,
especially in the scientific fields so
that we can produce our own agriculturalists,
medical doctors, engineers,
scientists and other technical
personnel who will play an active
role in the industrialization and
modernization of our economies."
That is the A and the O of everything:
train and educate our
people to make the continent totally
our own so that we will never
again be subservient to anybody -
neither Europeans nor any other
group that may feel attracted to
subjugate our people.
As Dr Nujoma put it: "we must
unite, because it is only when we
are united that we can successfully
enhance the total integration of the
continent with a single African
currency and a single passport."
And he returns to the youth
when say concludes by saying: "I
therefore call on the African youth
to prepare themselves to defend the
territorial integrity, the territorial
waters and the airspace of the African
continent against imperialists
and foreign aggressors."
Powerful stuff from tatekulu
And now hard work!.