DR. Kihura Nkuba is a lecturer of classical African history, a businessman and financial engineer. The founder of Action on Earth, an organization that brings black people together to discuss African history, he told Elizabeth Namazzi why he regrets having gone to school and what he thinks of the after life
QN: What provoked your passion for Africa and her history?
ANS: I went to England in the 1980s and gave a couple of lectures in some universities. They invited me to study there and I studied about how Europe reports about Africa. I stumbled on a document by Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement in America. I read about Malcom X and I woke up to the fact that there are other black people outside Africa. I decided that I had to find a teacher who would teach me who I was. I went to Senegal and…
“Distance changes utterly when you take the world on foot. A mile becomes a long way, two miles literally considerable, ten miles whopping, fifty miles at the very limits of conception. The world, you realize, is enormous in a way that only you and a small community of fellow hikers know. Planetary scale is your little secret.
Life takes on a neat simplicity, too. Time ceases to have any meaning. When it is dark, you go to bed, and when it is light again you get up, and everything in between is just in between. It’s quite wonderful, really.
You have no engagements, commitments, obligations, or duties; no special ambitions and only the smallest, least complicated of wants; you exist in a tranquil tedium, serenely beyond the reach of exasperation, “far removed from the seats of strife,” as the early explorer and botanist William Bartram put it. All that is required of you is a willingness to trudge.
There is no point in hurrying because you are not actually going anywhere. However far or long you plod, you are always in the same place: in the woods. It’s where you were yesterday, where you will be tomorrow. The woods is one boundless singularity. Every bend in the path presents a prospect indistinguishable from every other, every glimpse into the trees the same tangled mass. For all you know, your route could describe a very large, pointless circle. In a way, it would hardly matter.
At times, you become almost certain that you slabbed this hillside three days ago, crossed this stream yesterday, clambered over this fallen tree at least twice today already. But most of the time you don’t think. No point. Instead, you exist in a kind of mobile Zen mode, your brain like a balloon tethered with string, accompanying but not actually part of the body below. Walking for hours and miles becomes as automatic, as unremarkable, as breathing. At the end of the day you don’t think, “Hey, I did sixteen miles today,” any more than you think, “Hey, I took eight-thousand breaths today.” It’s just what you do.”
Once upon a freaking time, there was a small community that lived in the forest. This community was so peaceful that things started getting boring pretty fast. Heard the saying, too much of everything is bad? Well, this is the community that gave birth to it.
As the boring life went by, along came Nemokocks, a short round guy who saw the future. What did he see? A place where boredom was a creature of the past, a place where the sight of blood injected shots of adrenaline into human flesh, a place where milk was thicker than blood.
Nemokocks started out with a few like minded beings who were tired of the boredom too. They were average looking men who spread the message about the “mighty” Nemokocks. Before the rest could grasp what was going on, Nemokocks was a ruler, ruler who had seen the future, a…
We all know sheep (endiga) but there are a few things you had left out about those creatures. Personally, I have some beef, with them so today I tell you why.
Fadixo_k_o v Sheep
“Sheep are ruminant mammals that are usually kept as livestock. From sheep, one can get wool, meat, pelts or use the sheep as model organisms for science. Sheep husbandry is practiced throughout the majority of the inhabited world and has been fundamental to many civilizations.”
According to Wikipedia “sheep are most often associated with pastoral, Arcadian imagery. Sheep figure in many mythologies and religions. In both ancient and modern religious ritual Sheep are used as sacrificial animals”
I hate sheep simply because they are dumb but I have come to learn that talk is cheap if not backed by evidence; so twende kazi!
Eastern Turkey/Van Province/2005: Hundreds of sheep walked off a cliff. “400…
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sailaway from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain