April 2011


Why is Nairobi mythologized as the crossroads of the heart of [moyo wa] Afrika? The answer is as simple as the riddle of the sphinx; it’s  where Makmende was (re)born.

Check dis hadithi….hadithi? Hadithi njoo! Uongo njoo! Utamu kolea! Nipe mji?

Nilienda Abuja, Addis Ababa, Benghazi, Brooklyn, Cape town, Cairo, Dar-es-salaam, Harare, Joburg, Kampala, Kigali, Kingston, Lagos, London, Misrata, Port of Spain, Rajasthan, Tdot, Tripoli na Nairobi

Hapo Wahenga walisema “The freedom and development of the Afrikan woman are indispensable to the freedom and emancipation of the Afrikan people”
(Ahmed Sekou Toure) n
a pia,the revolution is not a one time event” (Audre Lorde)   

[There’s a story I know it’s about the earth and how] when spider webs unite they can tie up a lion. [an] Amharic proverb

As long as I been in dis other ‘Britannia’ called Turtle Island, I’ve had to rely on memories en lived experiences like these of….

the spaces between where I grew up and the city that I came back to and [ran away from again], seeking replenishment, re-learning en living vicariously thru [#hadithi ya] Bredrin and sistas in solidarity speaking truth to powah!

With dis blog doing the best it can to archive the metamorphosis of Hadithi zetu in different worlds, from the shores of Afreeka to the diaspora of righteousness

Ai also been co-creating adventures to fulfill vivid dreams harboured for learning villages sustained with a courageous love…with native super/sheroes inspired by honourable legends, working on this thing called Ubuntu…..

these ndoto [dreams] always have me, you en we, as  holistic individuals  in a matrix of pan-Afreekan villages of star youth, mamas, babas en elders doing the best we can to serve our God, ourselves and others

In another place, not here…..Makmende has not only returned, he’s revised everything we [think we] know from creation stories to the truth about Santa, the easter bunny,  AFRICOM, the tooth fairy, Mayan prophecies and the United States of Afreeka

Makmende is [like] a universal archetype ‘he believes that life, true life, is something that is stored in music. True life was kept safe in the lines of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin while you went out in the world and met the obligations required of you. Certainly he knew (though did not completely understand) that hip hop wasn’t for everyone, but for everyone he hoped there was something. The records he cherished, the rare opportunities to see a live performance, those were the marks by which he gauged his ability to love.’ (Bel Canto – 5)

Kwa hivyo, if Makmende is the food of memes then Britannia Zimeisha is the mama of Afrika, so what’s next Abscondita?

You’ll never believe wot happened is always a great way to start……

There’s a story I know. It’s about de earth en how it floats in space on de back of a turtle. I’ve heard this story many times, and each someone tells the story, it changes. Sometimes the change is simply in the voice of de storyteller. Sometimes the change is in de details. Sometimes in de order of events. Other times it’s de dialogue or response of de audience. But in all the telling of the tellers, the world

 never leaves de turtle’s back. And de turtle never swims away.

[revised excerpts from] the truth about stories: a native narrative [according to] thomas king

[kama ni ukweli…..]

Consider these dreamscapes of using the arts for educational-paradigm shifts in harvesting Pan-Afrikan memories of legends like Audre Lorde, Makmende, Malcolm X, Mandela, Marcus Garvey na Mbuya Nehanda:

kwasababu [because]

when WE speak we are afraid
our words will not be heard            nor welcomed
but when we are silent         we are still afraid

So it is better to speak
remembering
we were never meant to survive

[in de spaces between: exploring how to not only reconcile but embrace queer/trans identities na (with) akina baba, mama na watoto WA– Afreeka]

    1. co-[re]create  (a tribute to those among us who carry the sage secrets of loving like) The Black Unicorn – in #Makmende Amerudi [with d’bi young.anitafrika en a map to the door of no return: notes on belonging – in dub ]

starring Ngozi Paul as  Britannia Zimeisha

[and Tsholo Khalema as Nneke Dumela in #theNekkydtruthis]….

(Not-so) long ago in a thriving learning village within a global matrix of farmers en soldiers of love, mo’ malaikas joined the pan-afrikan performing arts institute [in Cape Town] as artists-in-residence.

like [Check] dis’ sista we love, respekt en admire so…. ngozi paul is an actor, writer, director and executive producer, best known for her celebrated role of starr on the hit canadian show ‘da kink in my hair – a series which she co-created and executive produced. a true renaissance woman, ngozi is committed to telling universal stories through her tuned afrocentric perspective. her resolute commitment to telling ethnodiverse stories is apparent in the compelling body of work. ngozi has been named one of toronto’s ‘top ten actors’ by now magazine, and nominated for ‘best actress’ at u.k.’s black international film Festival for her powerful performance as susan in bayan. on the stage, ngozi is a proud recipient of stratford festival’s ‘tyrone guthrie award’. ngozi paul was an integral member of the original creative team of canada’s first black sitcom, lord have mercy!, which was nominated for two gemini awards including best comedic series. as the founder and president of ngozika productions, ngozi has created diverse content. ngozika productions is currently working on an innovative webbased series to be launched later this year and its debut feature film.

2.  Re-write (de hadithi of) Britannia zimeisha as “First mke (-si-mume)” [#nohomo] na Makmende as himself in (de mama of dis) ‘Amerudi’ series: where he is married to two of the Laydayz (na Godfrey) na Abscondita ni de fourth ‘mysterious’ wife aka. Fairy god sista [#notonthedownlow] in dis ‘big love(upendo)’ family

[herstory basi ni hadithi zetu….kama asili ya malaika, of gate-keepers na griots]

hadithi? hadithi? paukwa! pakawa! hadithi njoo…..

3.

Celebrate milestones in the growth of things like our love for each other, our families and back-to-Afreeka (is-the-future) movements.      [Hadithi kama…..Nakumbuka]

I remember when GALCK was officially launched in December 2008, still riding off the magic of moments-for-life like those, participating in en witnessing years of Under [en in the mainstream mis-reported/werd-on-the]- ground, rebuilding en teaching communities

Nakumbuka the touch of heaven shared with not only those that gathered to commemorate the birth of a queer/trans center of community work in the moyo wa[heart of] Nairobi but those that wished they were there and shared love en mo resources with US in the struggle for Afrikan liberation…for this en so much mo, I yam infinitely grateful.

4.     Take back de re-post.

It is clear that despite the fragmentation and marginalisation that modernity has imposed on the people of Africa, elements of Ubuntu still exist in African societies through languages, cultures and knowledge systems. Ubuntu seeks a restoration of balance in relations between individuals inter se and between individuals and nature. In the new situation in which the holistic individuals now find themselves united in solidarity – no longer alienated and isolated – they find Abantu in existence with elements of Ubuntu still with them. The holistic individuals find themselves already embedded in the culture of Ubuntu……

Such a new environment requires that in order to fit in the new combined human environment of interconnectedness and wholeness, such new combined individuals have to make their rules of a restorative society on an on-going basis.

Already academic researchers are beginning to examine this new situation by exploring the parallels between online social networking and the practices of ‘tribal’ societies that McLuhan envisaged. In the collective profile-surfing essential for ‘face-booking’ and ‘my-spacing’ in which they try to engage in ‘friending’, they begin to see the resurgence of ancient patterns of oral communication. ……

As Archbishop Desmond Tutu once declared about the philosophy of Ubuntu, which he called ‘this thing’:
‘Africans have this thing called Ubuntu…the essence of being human. It is part of the gift that Africans will give the world. It embraces hospitality, caring about others, willing to go the extra mile for the sake of others.
We believe a person is a person through another person, that my humanity is caught up, bound up and inextricable in yours. When I dehumanise you I inexorably dehumanise myself. The solitary individual is a contradiction in terms and, therefore, you seek to work for the common good because your humanity comes into its own community, in belonging.’…….
It is clear that the new society cannot reproduce a society that lived by the principles of Ubuntu for that was a qualitatively different society. But surely there are some lessons that can be learnt from that experience for the new society that those engaged in revolts seem to be demanding.
[ excerpts of The transformation of the global system and its IMPLICATIONS FOR AFRICA by Dani Wadada Nabudere http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/72529 ]

#ukweli ni: there’s some times I feel mo’ like a lone wolf from a pack of [structurally] dysfunctional hybrids, seemingly isolated/marginalised…. yet always

because of ‘this ting called ubuntu’ that’s neva got me lonely in dis concrete jungle surrounded with the wealth of Bredrin en dadas, children en elders, healers, righteous teachers, warriors en lovers wherever I live, work en play in…..

Najua I ain’t jus lucky, I yam [en we are] blessed. For that en so much mo’ ai yam infinitely grateful for….

There’s a(nother) story I know. It’s about the earth and divine re/visions of rainbow nations in urban hubs na vijiji kama [villages like in]  Abuja, Addis Ababa, Brooklyn, Cape town, Cairo, Dar-es-salaam, Jo’burg, Kampala, Kigali, Kingston, Lagos, Nairobi, Rajasthan, Tdot, Tripoli [and wherever there are those spreading love, hope and positivity in abundance]……these are (some of) the  post-cards of Makmende’s adventures that I will remember tomorrow.

Makmende Returns (from Libya) was released in [selected] theatres in East Afrika today. These are the first exclusive and entirely fictional interviews with the (super)hero.

Makmende reveals hir ‘secret’ names in #UrbanLegend magazine and  talks about landmark strategies to resist AFRICOM, rebuild the United States of Afreeka and his Top Ten Albums in the May issue of #Afreeka Moja ….

[sneak preview]

Afreeka Moja: Thank you for agreeing to this interview at such short notice. We are privileged and honoured and greatly thrilled to share space with you,  there’s so much that we’re yearning to re/learn,  why should Afrika know more about you, where is the best place for us to start?

Makmende: if music be the food of love, then these have been summa my favourite albums in the last decade to adventure with…..

  1. Burning spear – Rare and Unreleased/Ultimate Collection – 2001

Notable tracks include the mesmerizing and previously unreleased Mandela Marcus and a jungle dub mix of Slavery Days.

[released on South African label Revolver Records na [and] Hip-O Records]

2. Asa (Asha) [2007] label: naive

    3. Nneka – No Longer At Ease [2008]
    4. George Clinton– George Clinton and his Gangsters of Love  [2008]
    5. K’naan – The Dusty Foot Philosopher [2005]
    6. Sade – Soldier of Love [ 2010]
    7. D’bi young.anitafrika – wombanifesto  [Year of the Tiger]
    8. Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday [2010]
    9. P-Funk All Stars – Urban Dancefloor Guerrillas
  • 10. Stella Chiweshe – Double check – 2006 – [released by] Piranha

To the latest one by Loyiso – Full Circle [released in the Year of the Tiger]

[between the lines: Top 10 dreamscapes of a soundtrack for an epic of a doc’ bout’ Kuchus, The Q_t werd and dub theatre by colour spill productions (with pan-afrikan performing arts institute) and the people project…….fresh like werd on the ground from the weapon of the revolution ]

kama ni ukweli:  “The whole of my life seems to be condensed into this one wonderful moment. Everything that I have been, everything that I have done, was for this. Could anyone dream of more?”

(na kama ni new…..) Spoken by Yuri Gagarin just before he entered the spacecraft Vostok 1 [with Makmende] before his proto-orbital launch – April 12 1961

so really, what’s next Makmende?

Bredrin and sistas in solidarity like u make me so happy, en inspire en nourish [we] so….asante for the lessons of  your divine selves doing  the best you can in educating en sustaining communities.

I give thanks for yesterday, today en infinite possibilities, give thanks for the continued guidance and protection of our ancestors,  our growing [chosen] families en the living legacies of warriors on the frontlines.

Dear malaika[s]

asante for your sage secrets of loving……[from] Afrakenya, black queer resistance, BQY, blackness yes! & blocko

massives, behind the mask, bunge la mwananchi, coalition of African lesbians, colourmedragg, elimu sanifu, engender, Fahamu, FARUG, GALCK, Goldelox productions, gaykenya, IshtarMSM, Kufunda learning village, Kwari village, lost lyrics, manifesto, minority women in action, moyo wa Africa, none on record, p.a.p.a. institute, QWOC+ Boston, safe spaces, schools without borders, seven sistas, SMUG, stolen from Africa, the brown boi project, the stud magazine, the people project, toronto rape crisis centreweapon of the revolution, T.E.A, T.I.TsUganda

[wapinduzi productions, [to] the yoruba house project [en those that haven’t been named in dis open letter/yet]…gotta confess that I been falling deeper in love with you from the days we met…..

I want to sit studently at the rivers of your feet, relearning a language of integrity honesty passion scribed on our hearts tongues….. asante for teaching me so much with your dreams in rainbow colours]

I love you so so dearly and will work hard (hopefully into our old age) to be great friends and the best co-creator that I can be for and with you…. [and if like it feels] our destinies are inextricably tied, then wetin dey ‘red’ roads [to walk] for us to not only share mo resources amongst ourselves in service to our communities, but recruit more allies in rebuilding our learning villages?

Have we forgotten how to listen deeply to our voices? (How) do we need to re/vision our hubs to best harvest the wealth of all those intersections of our diversity?

I hope we’ll get to talk more about our ways forward and I honor and will welcome whatever you have to say…..

[Chapter 4 And a crone shall lead them]

Reading ancient myths and fairy tales can be very helpful because these stories came [not-so] spontaneously from people who had not studied psychology. The hadithi came straight out of their unconscious and, kwa hivyo, shows us how the unconscious works unimpeded by conscious intervention. The images are clear and stark.

For those of us who are interested in why we do what we do when we want to do the “opposite”, the hadithi are gold mines of information.

If we accept, wahenga waliyosema, that there are…“archetypes” in our unconscious, then we can read myths and fairy tales with an open

mind. If we do not accept the existence of archetypes, then we have no way of explaining the superhuman surges of energy that magnetise  us towards someone – or repel us.

The “werd” does not matter. What matters is our recognition of the power of these energy fields in our unconscious; they can dictate our destruction (if our ego is weak) or they can be our greatest gift in life. If we cannot tell the difference between human en superhuman (or subhuman) energies, we identify with gods and goddesses, devils and enchantresses, and eventually walk into self-destruction. We project images onto these energy fields.

The goddess for one generation is Mbuya Nehanda or Nyabinghi Muhumusa, for another, Michael Jackson. The goddess may be the

Virgin Mary, eclipsed by Lilith, eclipsed by Julia Roberts. The task of the media promoters is to find the right image for whatever energy field is floating up from the unconscious mass at that moment. Star pass like meteors and are gone.

Some planets however we always have with us: mama, baba na watoto…and when a womban stands her ground, exercises discipline, or lays down her terms and conditions with “real” tox, she speaks with the voice of the crone. “Real” tox is not language that is writhing in a complex….crone energy is energy that has been distilled through years of attempting to speak “straight” from our own reality.

One day we are surprised by the sound of our own voice coming straight from its ground in our own body….

In the game of chess, a player can call “checkmate” when the opponent’s king is in check, unable to release himself. The king’s defeat brings the game to an end. Partriarchal, western values are overcome. Only a crone would dare to play such a game with “the devil”, and only a crone would so easily trust her feminine instinct (cat) in such a “showdown”. Together, cat and crone defeat the dark side of the Father in the royal game of life.

[so like it was a long long time ago]

Let it be known; today the eternal feminine

In an incorruptible body is descending to earth.

In the unfading light of the new goddess,

Heaven has become one with the deeps

Vladimir Soloviev

[revised excerpts from Dancing in the Flames: The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness by Marion Woodman & Elinor Dickinson]

Whether you’re a knight looking for a horse, a maiden looking for fiya, or a youth looking for a bride, in Russian folk tales you usually end up deep in the forest.

On your journey, you may stumble upon a house, walking, hopping, twirling or spinning on chicken legs. The door is made of human bones, the bolts of human fingers; the lock is a mouth of grinning death….This is not a place of rational logic.

The proprietor of this remarkable house is an ancient hag, Baba Yaga, who may swoop down on you in her mortar and pestle as you ride. A broom trails behind her, wiping out any traces of her comings and goings, for she cannot be pinned down.

With cackling laugh en eyes that become like points of fiya, she asks what you seek. You must stand up to her boldly and declare what it is that you want.

“the kingdom ten times ten”; “a knightly horse, Granma, to retrieve my lost bride”; “ the well with the wotas of life en death”; “i have come to ask for fiya”…..

Now these are no ordinary requests. One does not venture deep into the forest without good reason. One has already felt some loss, something missing, in the ordinary routines of life. One has began to search in the depths of the unconscious for what is essential to growth, to change, to wholeness.

Infact the hag, the witch, the wisdom energy of such Goddesses, do not appear in dreams until the traveler is strong enough to be vulnerable. The ego has to have surrendered some of its defensive control before it can tolerate confronting such energy. Then she appears, without ceremony, and, after determining whether your search is legitimate or not,she has one more question, “Do you come here of your own free will, or do you come by compulsion?” or “Have you come to do good deeds or to flee from deeds?

This is the test of how ready you are to proceed in your quest. If you say, “Ya prishla of my own free will”, your bones will become part of  her masquerade costume. If, on the other hand, you say, “I have come by compulsion,” your head will, likewise, go on the post awaiting it.

The test is simply this, “Have you become conscious enough to go beyond duality?”…..Baba Yaga challenges us to go beyond that stage of development [back] to our ancient both/and [of different] worlds……

This is the judgement of Maat. She does not assign any judgement or rewards for keeping rules or practices. She weighs the heart. If the heart is in balance, the process is complete; if it is not in balance the process will continue. On whichever side of her scale we are trapped, we must start again painfully from there. In the Old Testament, she is Wisdom. She is the supreme treasure.

I have directed my soul toward her

And in purity I have found her;

Having my heart fixed on her from the outset,

I shall neva be deserted

[ase]

[reinscribed in Ecclesiasticus 51:20]

[for mo' stories read Dancing in the Flames: The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness]

makmende goes on a badass quest

Q[_]t (pronounced officially as cute /ˈkjuːt/, though more commonly as Q.T. /ˌkjuːˈtiː/)

s/heroes who inspire us so

[werd remix/ed] is a cross-platform application framework [series] that is widely used for developing application software with a graphical user interface (GUI) (in which cases Qt is referred to as a widget toolkit), and also used for developing non-GUI programs such as command-line tools and consoles for servers.

[in the art of taking participatory leadership to scale with (queer, trans/two-spirited) indigenus perspectives from the continent to the diaspora of righteousness en, back to (akina babu, watoto na mama wa) Afreeka (with big love) migrashuns]

Qt is most notably used in Autodesk Maya,[7][8] Dassault DraftSight[9][10] Google EarthKDEAdobe Photoshop Album, the European Space Agency,[11] OPIESiemens,[12] Volvo,[13] Walt Disney Animation Studios,[14] Skype,

VLC media player,[15] Samsung,[16]Philips,[17] Panasonic,[18] VirtualBox and Mathematica.[19]

It is produced by Nokia‘s Qt Development Frameworks division, which came into being after Nokia’s acquisition of the Norwegiancompany Trolltech, the original producer of Qt.[20]

[with “freshly pressed” blogs on-the-ground kama ya african activists,  www.ancestryinprogress.tumblr.com, http://blacklooks.org/, behind the mask, gay uganda, kubatana, none on record, spectra speaks, the weapon of the revolution, things I feel strongly about, writing rights…..holding memories of rainbow nations en delving into UKWELI YA the complexities of hadithi zetu en QPOC resistance, to what comes next…a courageous.healing love….but who among us carries the sage secrets of loving?]

[songs in the spaces between: dream(season)s of co-creating sustainable learning villages,

farming en harvesting di powah of (our visions for) UHAI]

Distributed under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License (among others), Qt is free and open source software…….

[hadithi? Hadithi? Hadithi njoo! Uongo njoo! Utamu kolea!

Wetin next steps, after reaching out to the frontlines of the heart of our dreams, acknowledging dey s/heroes we’ve known from time and wetin those ‘betta practice’ paths of harvesting the powah! of cata(c)lysts, youth social infrastructure collaboratives en the legacies of elders en ancestors in coalition building? ]

[Hadithi? Hadithi? Hadithi njoo! Who among us carry the sage secrets of loving o?

Kesho in the Q_t werd…….b is for black queer resistance, blackness yes en Blockorama as cultural champions of Tdot en others who inspire en nourish we so, whom we are infinitely grateful for…]