Just a Call
ONGONGI AND THE CHURCH’S SINFUL SILENCE
John Walenga - February 2011
THE Villager met his mentor at the time when he had his first musical encounter with an instrument called ongongi (accordion).
Those days, the best hang-out places were puukamba (tavern) which are today’s mbashus. Believe it or not, the discussions at puukambas used to be different from today’s mbashu talk.
Small wonder then that it’s where The Villager met the musician behind ongongi who ended up being his mentor in many ways.
In hindsight, The Villager has come to benefit from the wisdom of his mentor through the accordion. The relationship has helped him understand that there is a reason why he counts more friends in his life who are his senior in age.
Ongongi is so powerful that it helps to propel The Villager’s mentor to his inner being, the short cut to his spirit and it is from such encounters that The Villager has tapped.
It was through Ongongi that The Villager came to cherish, forever treasure and appreciate the contribution of traditional, religious, spiritual and political leadership in shaping a vigilant, disciplined, and thereby patriotic Namibian.
That became a vision of trinity. The mentor continues to wet the foundation of trinity without cease. He continues to meet leaders from the same pillars on a daily basis. He continues to encourage The Villager to focus on the same. You create beautiful harmony by paging the accordion. The same principle applies to the real life situation.
For The Villager, there are many ways for one to become a role model. Otherwise, how else will the future generations grow to appreciate the wisdom of ka kola ke ku lye (biting the hand that feeds).
The Villager believes that trinity is and shall remain the strong pillars of the Village. Thus it’s very crucial that trinity remains grounded and strong. The Villager feels that none of the trinity should be allowed to become more powerful than the other. Even the struggle for independence was achieved because the trio were grounded in equal measure.
Thus for the future to be secure, the trio should grow in equal measure. The Villager is in a way satisfied with the calibre of young people political parties continue to attract (investment in human capital). He is equally over the moon now that the youth from all sorts of calling are taking a keen interest in traditional matters.
However, he is not convinced by the calibre of t...
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