With events still making steps towards a ladder of progress and prosperity, playing tricks directed towards media isn’t a direction organizers should take.
Most , if not all concerts organised in churches are free of charge, yet the artistes who perform toil it out till the concert is over- only to walk away with ‘May the lord bless you brother, the lord is using you tactfully sister, your songs are a healing brother, komeza ubutumwa muvandimwe (Continue with the message brethren)… ‘; same old words.
…if painter, dancer, actor, instrumentalist, model, writer, comedian, fashion designer or film maker sets a price for a service or goods to deliver, one would boastfully stand proud and say,”All that, for just a painting/ jumping on stage/ making people laugh…!”.
Much as African- which was not long ago (though even to date) is referred to a primitive, backward society, and to a much more extent we’ve embraced modernity through ‘civilization’, marriage is quite an institution that we’ve ignorantly tarnished with blunder.
Among the primitive habit still creeping through many is how the older generation is shaping the current- through which results are to be emulated by the next generation.It’s quite peculiar, weird, or interesting the issue of marriage get; as more emphasis has been place onto preparations for the ceremony (I mean walking down the Aisle) and may be yes- binding it legally- all the way to Divorce Issues(which are a trend too). But we’ve always looked up to and upon the older generation for inspiration…
One female friend of mine came out honest with me by whispering that, “Marriage is a business today…”-which she complemented with a wink of an eye.
Forced marriages is a growing custom eating deeper into African society today. Noticed how young men and women will in a nick of time flash out a wedding invitation (same manner as if its ‘just’ a business card), then next we’ll hear is how they are ‘happily married.’
Strange is that- even that best friend of yours, whose fiancée isn’t well versed with his or her mother-in-law’s both names is crowned mister or misses a month later.
Well even when buried, truth is how culture is remembered on realization that a girl or young lady is pregnant. See- families then gear up wedding preparations, further sealing it up all before the almighty ‘Till death do us apart’.
In religious ways(just as it is amongst most African traditions), its forbidden to first of all sin through fornication. Am just wondering how further it gets for an action of officially religiously wedding a couple-which is expecting!
Forced marriages have since edges been amidst society, maybe not for the case of violation of ‘human Rights’, but for actually crucial reasons.
From the African ancient cultural point of view, customs were a core value, from which society was built. Norms and taboos were a focus; for instance boys or girls were trained to be real men and women through hard work (activities like hunting, cooking to marriage and parenting), while with age; as early as their teens, any lad or lass was seen ripe for the marriage institution-and so trained or shaped for it.
Though most parents and families have claimed not to face the ‘shame’ that comes from the taboo of teens giving birth before marriage and rather of leaving a couple to think it through by themselves), events following up forced marriages are toxic- a cancer eating up societies today. Why Divorces are a trend, broken families a lifestyle, yet domestic violence a repercussion too today all majorly roots from the fact that young, lost couples are wedded, then left out to embark on Marriage- which isn’t a piece of Cheese…
Andrew Israel Kazibwe is an African- Rwanda based writer- curious about life, and as a learner openly expressing unfolding issues about it…
The US has always taken a lead, in standing out in crafting and implementation of numerous policies. Among the multiple, the Gun and fire arms laws as carried on amongst most US states are a bit tricky to understand though.
Legalization of Fire Arms by the country is one issue, then keeping up or sustaining the laws too is another era proving tricky-even for the ‘Law enforcers’ themselves.
See, much as its plain for all to see that police is guilty here, the US police department is facing real threat too. Am sure and I quite predict how the next generation will quite be scared of joining law enforcement agencies-even with the increasing unemployment burden- since police live a day-to-day risk and threat for their lives.
Legalization of Fire Arms has sparked much more…
I quite believe how any law enforcement authority will formally come out to state how ‘I acted out of self-defense’- as a ‘defense’ for shooting at a civilian, though this won’t be perceived the same way on the side of a civilian!
Truth is that the ‘Legalization of Fire Arms’ is proving more of a threatening policy to all (law enforcers and the the general public). See it this from a perspective that, ‘A law enforcer halts a civilian-to prove they aren’t criminals.’ This situation yields two incidences on both sides- tension for each feeling insecure, in fear of being shot at.’
Its happening even in other continents too(as Africa too still suffers from tribalism too), but it gets worse, it is worsening among law enforcers in the US as shootings are now a routine, worst being of Black- Americans. Is US as a ‘Super Power’ setting a pace- that will soon trend on?
Like the out going US president Barack Obama stated in his speech on 7th July, this issue has been recognized, racial indifference and treat among Americans and how law enforcers have been slow on curbing deaths, am afraid more might still boil up- similar deaths rising, but will be shadowed…But for how long, and what generation is America raising?, Isn’t History arising?, Will Africa once again welcome ‘Whites’ with really ‘Open arms’ anymore?
Andrew Israel Kazibwe is an African Rwandan-based freelance Journalist , a learner, Arts enthusiast and advocate. Passionate about what goes on within lives, he shares whats within, around and closer to you. Its an Insight!!!