Nancy, I was happy to learn that Bibi ya Odondi (Mrs O) was bringing you along with her to Tanzania, this time and thanks very much for your good report. Tanzania seems to be an important place for this effort to expand and when Eliud had the opportunity to spend some time in Kisumu in December with the founders it no doubt enabled him to know that he is ‘one of us.’ Wewe ni wetu, Eliud.
Eliud and I have been corresponding (he’s one of my wonderful walimu wa lugha–language instructors) and this ‘next phase’ of the work in Tanzania has commenced, I see. This dynamic and diverse association among African nations and tribes is already exhibiting a powerful example of positive transformation on that continent. It’s astonishing that this is the only website where this watershed, historic process is being discussed, for now, but it’s also an honor for us, at least [Image Can Not Be Found] but Africans do talk to each other and are eager to share habari wmema (good news and information). I’m struggling to learn Kiswahili so that when more and more East Africans look for this information online they will be pleased to find a Westerner who has committed to helping them all feel welcome.
I also want to keep drawing attention to the wonderful way that Kiswahili has been used for centuries (millenia?) in so many countries to enable everyone to understand each other. We really do need a secondary global language, right now. I hope for everyone else’s sake that it won’t be English because this language is a little bit crazy. Maybe Esperanto would work–I understand it’s close to Spanish.
I’m learning a lot by observing how the spontaneous nature of this growth and consolidation process is being nurtured by our wadugu (kindred) and Bibi ya O is at the center of it all. I don’t think that most of our readers have noticed this but if not for her wisdom, compassion and resourcefulness I wonder if the African effort would have gotten this far. She’s too humble to draw this sort of attention to herself but I think it’s appropriate to pay my respects to her, this way. My dear paternal grandmother, Lena Croft, was that way and everyone whose life was touched by her was forever blessed. Fortunately, Bibi ya O will probably be around for many more years than I will.
While Nicholas is still recovering from what our psychics perceive to be a murder attempt (Chris has gotten him some crutches, so at least he’s now mobile) Chris has taken Nancy’s brother, Isaac, to a new gifting area in their new mashua (boat): the 50 square mile, lovely Mfangano Island off the northeastern corner shore of Lake Victoria. There are lots of farmers and fishermen there, also some fishing-based tourism. Chris has reported about that. I read that there is no motor traffic on that island; only footpaths between the villages and some terrific beaches.
David Ochieng, who was the first orgonite-maker and gifter in East Africa, was Nancy’s and Isaac’s older brother. His original reports on EW were lost during the subsequent destruction of this website by the NSA but they’re preserved in my journal reports between 2001 and 2006:
Nancy’s and Isaac’s involvement with this kazi (work) is a fine, living tribute to David’s groundbreaking contributions. Very soon afer he got started I got an enuiry from Mrs O and in a short time they were working together, though they lived some distance apart. This international network grew from both of those communities: Kisumu and Migori.
Nisalimie Bibi ya O na Watanzania wetu wambia, (greet Mrs O and our Tanzanian partners for me, please),