By Zuko Komisa
In a weekly #GenerationWho conversation on the #TheBestTinTheCity Tbose explored an important question about where we are as a society and whether or not culture is still relevant in 2018?
On the three Teaspoons, the following was uncovered.
- Millennials don’t understand:
It’s hard to believe or practice something if you have no understanding of it. It’s even worse when you can’t get support for the questions you have around it. When we ask, we are told we are disrespectful and rebellious.
Questions around the origin of African practices and tradition were explored and a common conclusion was that the elders in many of the cultures tend to struggle to explain why they followed certain practices and couldn’t adequately express when and why the practice started.
This included common superstitions and old wive’s tales like:
- Girls not being allowed to sit by the entrance or the door
- Forbidding eating from a pot, as it will rain on your wedding day
- Forbidding cutting nails at night
- Girls not being allowed to eat eggs
All this having a disclaimer that you should just do it without any explanation.
Cultures and traditions not a fitting well with our daily lives.
The reality that, in 2018, certain practices haven’t evolved with the times. If what you want us to do doesn’t add to our lives, then why force us to do it? It doesn’t add to my growth as a person or contribute to my well-being, then I am not doing it.
Questions on whether a woman’s place is in the kitchen
- A man is the head of the family
- How women are not allowed to question their husbands
- Men don’t cry
- Persevering through an abusive relationship.
Cultural practice is not open-minded:
Millenials are the generation that decides what they want to follow and believe. They don’t have to be defined by the cultural groups they belong to or even the things they believe in.
With this you see the following:
- Cross-culture marriages
- Western aspects infused into cultural practices
- Women chasing their biological clocks opting for Artificial Insemination
Listen to the full conversation here:
The most important thing that arised in the conversation was how in order to effectively decolonise our own cultural practice and every aspect of our lives, we should truly be masters of the knowledge about ourselves.
These are all important questions to ask about any cultural practice, what intention are for every ceremony, the people that dictate the evolution of these cultures and the best way to remain authentic and truly African.