While we are here.. let’s talk about my Zulu neck piece. This is actually the second one I have owned as my first one broke but my story fits regardless.
As I was stood in Soweto outside the Hector Pieterson museum.. the man selling me the neck piece said all the colours on it signify South Africa, Rainbow nation. He said that is what South Africa is about. Although he did not go I to detail.. he planted a seed.
I since looked it up.. the phrase “rainbow nation” was coined by Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu to describe post-apartheid South Africa.
What I loved however was how Nelson Mandela expounded on it in his Inaugural speech on 5th October 1994
: “Each of us is as intimately attached to the soil of this beautiful country as are the famous jacaranda trees of Pretoria and the mimosa trees of the bushveld – a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world..”
The quote says it all. If I was to give you my point of view on this quote, it would go something like this. Our intimacy with each other is crying out from within and in order to get in touch with that, we must be at peace with ourselves. In so doing, freeing ourselves to the beauties of this world.
If I am to describe myself I often say I am a citizen of the world for I have many stories to tell and experiences the draw from. All of which make me a well rounded person, more receptive to difference and curious to know more about others.
I think it is the greatest idea to allow that instinctive need for connection take precedence in our every day interactions.That way, we can be free.
Because at the end of the day, there is nothing better
(c) Faith-Rose Ansah