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. Last week Wednesday at around 09H30, I received the sad news about the passing on of Honourable Ignatius Shixwameni. I contracted Covid-19 sometime in mid-December 2021, and started getting sick around Christmas time. The 6 of April 2022, marked the 30th anniversary of the Bosnian civil war. The Bosnian war was an international armed conflict that took place in Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1992 and 1995. After a number of earlier sporadic violent incidents, the war started on 6 April 1992 and ended on 14 December 1995. The 25th April 2022 marked the 3rd anniversary of the passing of Mvula Ya Nangolo, Namibia’s celebrated poet and accomplished journalist of note. As a people, we have emerged from a divided and painful past, so questions around race and ethnicity can be sensitive. Muvi Tjiho was born on 1 January 1936 and passed on 28 April 2022. The church in Namibia is at a crossroads in more ways than one. On the one hand, the church is trying to shed off the image of being associated with Euro-centrism – and on the other, she needs to carve out her own local cultural identity that is different from that of the church in other parts of Africa. On 2 August 2021, the United Nations General Assembly decided, in resolution A/RES/73/262, “to establish a permanent forum on people of African descent, which will serve as a consultation mechanism for people of African descent and other interested stakeholders as a platform for improving the quality of life and livelihoods of people of African descent…” On 22nd May 2022, death robbed us of a popular community activist and prominent businessman, who was greatly loved by many. That man happened to be Johnny Akwenye. Reverend Jan Scholtz published a “mouth-watering” and highly-reflective musing in the 2 September 2022 edition of the New Era newspaper under the above heading. His piece reminds me of our youth activism in the seventies and eighties when we used to call imperialism by name. My former schoolmate at my beloved alma mater, the Augustineum High School, Kae Matundu-Tjiparuro penned a very rich opinion piece in the Windhoek Observer of 13 October 2022. This is part two of the debate with my dear friend Kae, and it is assumed that the reader will have read part one and is thus able to connect the dots.