Of Celebrating Africa With Afrobloggers #WeekendCoffeeShare

Afrobloggers AwardAvuxesheni avuxeni (hello hello) If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that I was #GuestBlogger for @Afrobloggers and they nominated me for Afrobloggers Recognition Award. This is an award to showcase African Bloggers. They believe Africa is rich with African creativity and they offer a platform to share such work.
If we were having coffee we would be celebrating Africa with Afrobloggers.
If we were having coffee, it would take a bit longer for the water to boil as the electricity is out (load-shedding) so can’t use the kettle. We would have to wait for the water to boil on the gas stove. They say a watched pot never boils so while we wait for it to boil I will tell you the little that I know about my culture.

kettle on stove

I am Machangana or Shangaan, a tribe of the Tsonga people. The origins of these my people is steeped in controversy. People use the term Tsonga interchangeably with Shangaan and to further muddy the waters the same language XiTsonga is spoken but it means not the same thing. Before the were Shangaan people the were Tsonga people, who hailed from East Africa part of the Bantu groups of the Ronga, Tswa and Ndau who slowly migrated south of the continent, in search of greener pastures, literally, for their livestock, they were pastoral people.

The water should have boiled by now, hey if someone “invented” glass pots, you know you could see the water boil? If we were having coffee, we would be having herbal tea, in coffee mugs.

I would continue my tale of how the Tsonga, finally settled South of Africa and then along came the Mfecane (time of trouble/ forced migration) as Shaka The Zulu consolidated the Zulu Empire. Soshangane an army general “fled” north crossing the Zambezi into Rozvi territory (what is now Zimbabwe) with some of “his people” finally ending up in Mozambique.
The name Shangaan is derived from the name of Soshangane. Somewhere along all that, we came to be here.

If we were having coffee, I would ask you try the biscuits I made, well they were supposed to be scones but I think the heat was too high and I left them a little too long now they are dry and crunchy just like biscuits. You could dip them in your tea to soften them. They have little hashtag symbols on the top, my niece made that with a fork.

If you were having coffee with me, I would show you a photo of my grandfather and I. He taught me some of what I know about who I am, my totem the praise song for my people.

generationUya chisa mlilo
Hikisile chauke
Chakungedzele ribweni
Loki uchiona chiehixele
chifile katika
Chihanya hlungwani angahlinga
Aukhosi wahina u’nzilo
Hi mina Beaton
Wa Bhangwani
wakanga nzela ribwe.
Xikovele xigombeeeeeeeeee
I imagine people dancing around a huge fire as they say that.

Shangaan village

I am not entirely sure of the spellings or what that all means I know its something about an ode to Fire (my totem) I have been using the internet to learn XiTsonga if you do know please help translate

If you were having coffee with me I would ask you about yourself, where you come from.

In the spirit of UBuntu I am because you are…
Let me nominate a few blogs for the afrobloggers recognition award:

The Baby Steps Of Sinawo Bukani


Kuwe Nkosi

Bantu Voice

Naughty Notties

The Spider Blues

Curious Chido

From Tokyo To The World

Here are the guidelines on how this award works:

  1. Once you are nominated, make a post titled CELEBRATING AFRICA WITH AFROBLOGGERS.
  2. Your post should share a brief on Afrobloggers and the work they are doing. Also thank and link  the person who nominated you.
  3. Celebrate Africa in the way you feel is more appropriate and in line with your blog”s overall theme.
  4. Nominate 5 -10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.
  5. Ensure all of these bloggers of African heritage.
  6. Lastly, COPY these rules in the post and include the link to this original post

41 thoughts on “Of Celebrating Africa With Afrobloggers #WeekendCoffeeShare

  1. This is awesome! Those are cool pictures too. I just started my own blog two weeks ago. (I’m from the USA). I’m really happy to see that there’s so many bloggers from literally ALL OVER THE WORLD and not just the US. I love reading blogs from all over the world and seeing other people’s pictures of where they’re from. Everybody I know who’s been to Africa says that it’s the most beautiful place in the world. I’ve heard some people say that it’s what the Garden of Eden must have been like. I used to teach English to refugees from Cameroon, DRC, Congo, Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea, Burundi, and many other people from all over the map. I’m glad I found your blog, Beaton! You’re the man!

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    • Thank you very much ^_^ A pleasure to have you here. Hahahaha it aint no paradise but has its moments ^_^
      Its fascinating how the internet fills the void between us between worlds.
      Many thanks again

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      • That’s true everywhere–the moon wouldn’t shine so bright if it wasn’t so dark at night! hahah it’s amazing how people all over the world can connect! Many people may be cynical, but I think it makes us smarter and inspires curiosity. I wake up every morning just thinking, “hey I wonder what’s going on in the world today…”

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  2. Oh my goodness Beaton 💜

    Thank you for the nomination. I love your post, loved learning about the Shangaan people, I have good friends from Limpopo here in SA who Tsonga.

    I hope I don’t disappoint you with my post…

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    • You are very welcome it was a pleasure really ^_^
      disappoint me??? nah remember to do it for you and everything else kinda makes its own sense.
      ooooh you have friends who speak XiTsonga I only know enough to greet and ask for water hahaha and saying please and thank you…
      please ask them to have a look at that and help me with translation google is rather limited hmmm “we” should fix that


  3. Love herbal tea. And I will discreetly dip the “scone” to soften it. 😉 Fantastic post. I loved reading about all of this–your grandfather, the song (even though I don’t know what it says so I really hope someone can translate it), and you know I think your totem is so very cool. Thanks for sharing this.

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  4. So in Zimbabwe, scones and biscuits are different, huh?

    My friend in South Africa tells me that there they are the same.

    Seriously, I’m so glad to see you get a blogging award. You put a lot of time into your blog, and it’s great for you to receive recognition for that. 🙂

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    • Hi Cathleen
      Biscuits and scones, so I asked around and seems its a subject up for debate some say biscuits are scones, some say scones are biscuits some say they are all bread not cake hahaha but from my growing up experience when mum baked they were two distinct things.

      So when I say scones I mean more of the typical English Scone with a recipe that uses more of sugar and cream and or buttermilk so they turn out moist with a cake like rich texture.
      Biscuits are more like cookies, they are dry and flackier, actually fun fact the term bis cuit is derived from some French meanining twice-cooked.


  5. Hi B. I enjoyed learning about your history. Thanks for sharing. Just want to point out that glass pots have been invented. 😉 You’re a very handsome youngster. As you know, I’m originally from Barbados, but migrated to New York, the Big Apple, the city that never sleeps. You live in a beautiful place, Zimbabwe. I went to your tourism website and feasted on the landscapes, the culture, and the people. Question: is the place of thundering smoke a waterfall?

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