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Friday 18 January 2019
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I am birthed from the banks of the Kavango River

I am birthed from the banks of the Kavango River

From a people that mastered the skills of navigation system above the river
A people that carved a canoe (wato) out of a tree and did so without a manual

A people so friendly and determined.

I am birthed from the banks of the Kavango River

It is a river in Africa with a meandering tenor of its own

It originates on land and empties on land Traversing thousands of kilometers from Angola through Namibia to Botswana

I am birthed from the banks of the Kavango River

I learned hard lessons of swimming;
thrown into the river and fished out with a full tummy

Near death, a reed is taken to beat your stomach

The beating pumps the swallowed water out of you like through a horse pipe

I am birthed from the banks of the Kavango River

Fishing was survival not a sport
The hippos and crocodiles are neighbors to tolerate

At 12 years of age, a hippopotamus attacked our canoe

Survival was not guaranteed, at least I am here to tell the story

I am birthed from the banks of the Kavango River

From the womb of a proud and hardworking people

They work the land for food na ngimbu, na litemo na vangombe

Culture flows in them and with traditional leadership of bravery

I am birthed from the banks of the Kavango River

From a people very enterprising and skillful in animal husbandry

Where Black people once owned businesses like the Siteketas, Ngondos, Kalengas, Kamalangas and Sindanos

Where the Kampungus, Mbambas and Dieschos paved the torch to education

Tata told us that the Kangayis, Sitentus, Kangowas, LyaNgurungundas, Kapokos endured hardships for liberation struggle

All said and done, Kuvangu, Cubango, Kavango is an African song and of an African people

Yesterday or today, the banks of Kavango River are still life

A conduit to tomorrow by those being born

And those to be birthed on the banks of the Kavango River to posterity




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