5 proverbs in my Vernacular and what they mean

It’s a new week, and am starting to feel bad as we approach the middle of the month meaning that we are soon to miss this blogging challenge. So 11 makes the challenge real because most people taking part don’t really think in their vernacular (native language of the land they live), even dreams when we sleep come in these European language. Most of those close to me are surprise when they get to know I can speak the Ganda (Luganda) language so well, I use English most of the time not because I like it but Uganda is very polarized but we cover it and pretend that our numerous beautiful languages boil up feeling of sectarianism because of the politics we play and blame it on the British as though we have no brains.

I know am sounding like am making an excuse not to meet the a challenge for day 11, am not but the earlier rambling was unavoidable, since I went through some pain to get these proverbs. In the Ganda dialect proverbs are tales in other words stories, they are all connected to a tale in the past, that has been preserved for the purpose of teaching the future.

So here we go

“When you are called to the palace your are not really treasured”

Today Palace can mean any form of high bureaucracy, when you are needed by those above your level it may also be because they want to penalize you, not to reward you instead.

    “Let the fight go on if you side is winning”
    Many times we left conflicts go on because those we side with are winning, even the International community will only come in when the side they favor is on the back foot. That’s how we have let conflict take over the world in favor of peace.
    “If it has not attacked the mother, let’s wait for sunrise”
    When a problem comes up, their those in the community that will not be alarmed so fast because it doesn’t overly concern them, so it will be secondary to what they have to deal with.
    “that who wants a conflict with you, will backbite your mother in your presence”
    There are time people want to go to war with us for their own selfish interest and they will provoke us with ease and we fall prey to them. So in most cases we have to question the intent of those putting us against the wall before we go after them.
    “Those who take things for granted never by a shield”

To prepare for peace you prepare for war, but their those who will never take any tough measures for the future, they don’t believe in financial safety nets, insurance is never in their vocabulary at all.

I just hope my submission for today contributes to this special archive for day 11 of the winter ABC, may be one day we shall be running blogging in our native languages, like Eunice Tossy in Tanzania does, and Ssebo Lule and Nze Nsubuga who do completely Ganda poetry. I must also commend the bloggers in Zimbabwe who will always have a line in their local languages in their blog post from time to time. Khanani has always been greeting us at the start of her blog in a native African language preparing us for day 11. I still have some 30 articles to taking in from last week let me get out of here.

29 thoughts on “5 proverbs in my Vernacular and what they mean

    “If it has not attacked the mother, let’s wait for sunrise”

    I see this happen a lot,when something is not affecting other people directly,they could care any less.They don’t even offer any kind of help.

    Thank you for sharing.

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  2. What a violent collection of proverbs but then I guess survival is a battle, and the victors get to tell the narrative.
    Somewhere along the way we lost our narrative, I have been in spaces where people argue about how we must use our native languages more I try not to point out the irony of how usually this discussion will happen in English.
    Instead of dancing around issues perhaps we should acknowledge who we are, or who we have become or are becoming.

    We are at war, our very identity is at stake

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  3. “BALEKE BAGGWE AKANYOOMAGANO …NGA GW’AYAGALA Y’ALI KUNGULU,” my take home right here. Thank you Benjamin.

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  4. I’ve had some trouble pronouncing those proverbs but well that’s what makes them interesting . I love them ! Especially number 3
    GWEKITALILIDDE NNYINA NTI TULINDE BUKYE…. If it doesn’t affect us we just don’t care !

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  5. The intro. ☹️ The rant was very relevant. We are such a polarised country and we should stop blaming it on the British. It’s been decades since they left and well were still working their language and looking down on those who speak our language.
    Gosh Ugandans even have accents for English people 😩😩
    It’s saddening.
    But this one right here BALEKE BAGGWE AKANYOOMAGANO …NGA GW’AYAGALA Y’ALI KUNGULU. With your analogy to the international community. Don’t worry Benjie, one day we shall fight and keep fighting until we’re break the chains. 👏🏾👏🏾
    And yes, haha the greetings have taught me that I need to appreciate my culture more., 😊

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