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WHO IS DAD?

WHO IS DAD?

Jun. 21 | A question that crosses generations Amongst the presents and hugs that greeted last week’s Father’s Day celebrations, there are many who would have marked the day by asking, “Where’s daddy?” Our hunter/gatherer ancestors did not just...

THE VOICE OF THE DEAD

THE VOICE OF THE DEAD

Jun. 7 | In most African languages there is an expression to the effect that the voice of the dead must be respected. This seems to explain why a lot of us are reluctant to plan will writing as we think we will have time to verbalise our wishes to people...

LOVE, GREED AND FAILING TRADITIONS

LOVE, GREED AND FAILING TRADITIONS

May. 31 | Most African cultures strived to maintain justice and peace in the family by taking care of women and children. There are quite a number of idiomatic expressions that confirm that the older generation valued family life and would do all they could...

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF AN ANGRY HUSBAND

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF AN ANGRY HUSBAND

May. 17 | As a child of the 60’s I am reminded of a popular protest song back in the day entitled, “The Times they are a’ Changing.” The Bob Dylan inspired number was an anthem of change for a generation that felt the old ‘established’ order was out-dated...

LOOKING AFTER NUMBER ONE

LOOKING AFTER NUMBER ONE

May. 3 | Traditionally parents believed that their children would always be part of them – sharing a life where support and love would flow to all concerned. Loving and giving has always been an integral component of African culture and it also suggests that...

TURNING TO FACE THE CHANGE

TURNING TO FACE THE CHANGE

Apr. 26 | I am convinced that  “change” is the most elusive and difficult thing to manage.   We live in a fast changing world but somehow nothing prepares us to formulate relevant responses to match the “change elements” that confront us with the same...

MA MOSOJANE’S TRADITIONAL WISDOM

MA MOSOJANE’S TRADITIONAL WISDOM

Apr. 19 | Although SA president Jacob Zuma has done his best to reverse the trend, it was only during the colonial era that plural marriage was perceived as taboo, Traditionally in Africa polygamy has existed as an aspect of culture or/and religion. But whilst...

A DEEPER SHADE OF SOUL

A DEEPER SHADE OF SOUL

Apr. 12 | “A nation without a culture is a nation without a soul,” is an often-repeatedslogan inspired by Sir SeretseKhama’s famous declaration back in 1970. And whilst the first President’s actual words referred to a ‘people without a past,’ the issue...

LEFT HOLDING THE BABY

LEFT HOLDING THE BABY

Mar. 29 | ASSESSING THE DAMAGE – A QUESTION OF PERSPECTIVE When affixing the label ‘Discrimination Against Women’ I sometimes wonder if the tag can be used to hide moments of female weakness as much as it does to expose the power wielded by the so-called...

THE REALITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

THE REALITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

Mar. 22 | INSTANT LOVE -INSTANT INFECTION MARCH is designated as the month of Youth Against HIV/AIDS and forms part of the government’s prevention strategy in a business that is a 24/7 all year round battle. Each year the emphasis is on young people taking responsibility...

WHEN LOVE AND MARRIAGE BECOME UNCOMFORTABLE BEDFELLOWS

WHEN LOVE AND MARRIAGE BECOME UNCOMFORTABLE BEDFELLOWS

Feb. 22 | You might have heard me in a panel discussion on national radio last week in a series of stimulating and at times heated debates on marriage. Actually the discussions were more about the shocking divorce statistics and exploring how the institution of...

CULTURAL VALUES AND CUPIDS ARROWS

CULTURAL VALUES AND CUPIDS ARROWS

Feb. 15 | This week as we celebrate the Valentine magic my column explores and exposes how a one-day wonder of love can trigger a chain reaction that is likely to make a permanent dent in the life of an unsuspecting individual.  Let me take you to a customary...

THE WISDOM OF THE HEART

THE WISDOM OF THE HEART

Feb. 8 | The mother and child reunion Whilst the basic human values of love, truth, non-violence, peace and right conduct are changeless and timeless, there is no doubt that there has been a value shift over the years in our society. Cultural values have been...

TWO FATHERS ONE DAUGHTER

TWO FATHERS ONE DAUGHTER

Feb. 1 | There is a Setswana expression, “Ngwana o itsiwe sereto ke mmaagwe” meaning that only the mother knows who the father of her child is. In recent years there has been a growing number of false accusations concerning paternity. In some cases the courts...

GOLEDZWA 2013!

GOLEDZWA 2013!

Jan. 18 | Let me take this unique opportunity to say Goledzwa to all the readers of Traditional Wisdom.   There is magic about the new year that we cannot shake off. We all feel renewed and refreshed by the new season such that we imagine that we have the energy...

THE DISTORTED PRIORITIES OF A CHANGING CULTURE

THE DISTORTED PRIORITIES OF A CHANGING CULTURE

Dec. 28 | Christmas has always had a magical appeal that moves people to go out of their way to please their loved ones.  There is no doubt that Christmas is a time to celebrate, to have fun and give families the opportunity to get together to renew their bonds. It...

MA MOSOJANE’S TRADITIONAL WISDOM 14.12.12

MA MOSOJANE’S TRADITIONAL WISDOM 14.12.12

Dec. 19 | OT COULD YOU PLEASE PUT A JAGGERED LINE BETWEEN THE MAN AND THE MOTHER TO ILLUSTRATE SEPARATION BURNING ISSUES It is always good to get feedback from readers either via my e-mail address or through personal contact. The column has been going for over...

MISPLACED CHILDREN

MISPLACED CHILDREN

Dec. 10 | Married or unmarried the time it takes to make a baby is the time it takes to make a cup of tea – what happens next is called ‘life.’ It is an obvious point but I mention it here because the marital status of the parents often effects the way children...

AMBUSHED AND ABANDONED

AMBUSHED AND ABANDONED

Dec. 1 | This week’s column comes in the midst of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence and on the eve of World Aids Day. The Campaign that began last Sunday continues until 10 December, Human Rights Day.  These dates were chosen to emphasize...

IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER

IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER

Nov. 24 | A story illustrating the double standards of culture Much as we desire to preserve our culture, it is proving very difficult to imagine that we are back in the 60’s one day and then fast forward to the 21st Century the next day. In what has become...