Do we worship food. In Shona they say “ukama igasva hunozadziswa nekudya”. Look at all gatherings faces do shine all because they have eaten something.
At weddings it’s all about “did you eat? I haven’t been served as yet”. Kumuchato kwakanakidza chikafu changa chakazara. Maybe this is the reason why presents are given soon after lunch. All about food.
Even in times of bereavement there is now a seperation determined by food or lack of it. At those places where food is available its now a “funeral” and where food is in limited supply now commonly called “panhamo”. All about food.
Even in my culture someone’s wife is also classified by food. “Mukadzi wanhingi anonyima”, “ndakasvika vachidya kana kuedzwa chikafu”. In some cases aiwa mukadzi wanhingi akasununguka. Kungosvika nekupiwa chikafu. Taitoita chekuramba.
A closer look in households when the fridge is all stocked up everyone is at their smiling best. When there is just water you can tell from the faces when you visit. When food is available you aren’t asked if you are hungry or not. You are just served.
In those times when there is no food you hear “ah ko zvamava kutoenda tisati tabika nhai” or “tanga tatogadzika poto pamoto”.
In the industrial sites as soon as the 1pm lunch alarm goes, tools down, even if it means just a few seconds for hitting the “send” button after typing a very important email. No. Tozozviona tadya.
I can go on an on but it’s that time of the day i have to go and eat. Maybe hunger is what drove me to write this article.
Wadya here hama yangu.