Author: Gerson Uaripi Tjihenuna
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My younger brother, Mr Paul T. Shipale published an opinion piece in the New Era newspaper of 19th March 2021, titled “On the debate on nation-building.” In the same opinion piece, Mr Shipale “invited” me to “olupale” in Oshikwanyama or “orupare” in Otjiherereo. Loosely translated into English, olupale or orupare means platform. Ngarikutuke Tjiriange published a piece in the 14th May 2021 edition of New Era under the above heading. On 2nd October 1980, former boxing heavyweight world champion, Muhammed Ali came out of retirement to challenge the then reigning champion, Lorry Holmes. On 14 June 2021, death robbed us of one of Namibia’s historic icons, in the person of William Eric Getzen, better known as Mburumba Kerina. With the recent US Supreme Court upholding of the dismissal of the genocide lawsuit by the US High Court, the Germany-Namibia deal regarding the “reparations” amount (which did not go down well with some of the leaders) and now the passing on of Ombara Otjitambi (Paramount Chief) Vekuii Rukoro due to Covid-19, everything that could go wrong seems to have gone wrong. The Winter of Our Discontent is John Steinbeck’s last novel, published in 1961. Steinbeck was an American novelist and the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature winner. My piece that was published in the New Era newspaper of 24 September 2021 under the above heading has provoked a lot of comments from different people.