It is said that, “a dog is a man’s best friend”. My question is, what is the man to a dog?

Thanks to Anne Spratt, I found a domesticated dog on Unlpash

Dog owners left right and center, but ill pass on this culture:

Where I am, almost everyone is a pet owner. Also, people here have a different pet-human relationship that I did not grow up seeing. Thus, I prefer not to adapt to their kind of pet owner. The biggest reason I keep pets at bay is that my living space is small. Oh, yes, veterinary services and pet food costs are beyond my current financial means.

Dog conversation with a Caribbean dog owner from my apartment:

On my way out today, it was a sunny day not to step out…


My name is Nombuso Fortunate Makhubu. I am writing this article from Ottawa, Canada’s capital city. Since June 8, 2012, North America has become a home away from home.

My picture taken from my facebook account

Background

I am from Southern Africa, the Kingdom of Eswatini located between The Republic of South Africa and Mozambique. https://medium.com/know-thyself-heal-thyself/swaziland-was-not-a-place-name-only-2ebee8e3bb3d

I enjoyed a happy childhood. I belong to a blended family of twelve. Our parents provided for us the best they could, and we are indebted to them. I am the eleventh child and a mother to one, my eight-year-old daughter with whom I am so fortunate to wake up next to each day.https://winningmindset123letsgo.medium.com/there-is-always-a-lot-more-than-meets-the-eye-time-surely-will-tell-51dcdfa4e556

My mom life

Raising African children outside the home is challenging. As a result, I have become involved in social justice and equality for all, as long as possible. Mothering…


Photo by NASA on Unsplash

The saying that “it never rains but pours” holds for most Southern African states as late January 2021, Tropical Cyclone Eloise first caused widespread damage and heavy flooding in central Mozambique. The storm displaced more than 16,000 people in several countries in southeastern Africa, destroyed about 17,000 houses, and killed more than ten people, according to earthobservatory.nasa.gov. I think this is catastrophic: given that most countries are grappling with the national emergency related to Covid-19. Worse, this nightmare has enveloped all areas of underdeveloped countries, which seems to have hit the community in all directions.

Someone may ask, what might…


Summer School Holiday’s Are Fast-Approaching, Help!

This is an image I found on https://unsplash.com/photos/OO89_95aUC0 and it was taken by https://unsplash.com/@markusspiske

June

For Canadians, June marks the beginning of the school holidays. Since this period is our summer, we look forward to going outdoors with our loved ones. As we all know, the world has come to a new existence, namely, social distancing!

So, this article dedicates itself to reflecting on our pre-Covid-summers. At the same time, I will comment on what I think will look and feel in the second lock-in summer.

What is social distancing and why is it a “thing”?

I agree with Science Daily https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academic_yearthat the Corona crisis has brought to all countries around the world the greatest challenge they have faced since the Second World War. In…


An Uneventful Life Favours Anti-Progression

A moving image showing Anti-American -Police brutality. For more such data, visit Nate Dumlao via Unsplash

This article focuses on two historical moments in North America that have brought so many social, political, and economic awakenings and innovations that match them. I hope you learn from this paper and participate further by posting your comments.

Black Lives Matter (BLM)

People of African descent have experienced an inhumane trauma through history. As if this were not enough, sadly, contemporary African Americans continue to suffer from systemic racial problems today. That being said, one might think that when talking about African Americans, if you don’t mention the Atlantic slave trade, it can’t start on the right footing! Of which, I agree.

The…


“Till death do us part.”

A beautiful image of a bride I found on https://unsplash.com/photos/xFfB6xb5lAo thanks to https://unsplash.com/@cwlcreatives77

When they looked at each other for the first time, she was sixteen and he was twenty-five.

From that moment, until they were called out of this world, they became inseparable.

It was love at first sight. Fortunately, for them, no amount of love issues was enough to make them give up on each other, their love for the family or sacred marriage vows.

You see, when the groom’s father pays the dowry for his son, the young couple could fully get married.

At that time, marriage expanded the participation and support of the family, which was very lovely. …


Necessities are just that, indispensable.

Some essentials captured by https://unsplash.com/@christy_ivey and shared on https://unsplash.com/photos/MwWN8ba2n7o

Big truth, many of us never realized the depth of society’s dependency on essential services and their providers until we had to.

Before Covid-19 reality
I hardly gave much thought to essentials, or essential services, nor providers of this kind. Granted, I am not sickly, two, I could self-care as and when I needed and that was it. Well, as we all know, things we knew and took for granted have been taken from us. Literally: we woke up one day without freedom. There is no freedom to move, talk or associate as before. …


“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” — Ecclesiastes 3

Image is from https://unsplash.com/photos/DSbB7-i250A and it was shared there by https://unsplash.com/@micheile

Disclaimer:

Someone way wiser than I said that “ we may not eat our cake and have it.” And another equally sharp mind decided to gift humanity the following wisdom, “something has got to give.”

These two quotations have a lot to do with the following story I wrote, not because it is true to me. Not at all, on the contrary, I use it to stimulate personal retrospectives from those who see this particular writing. Wink.

Hard facts to live with are these:

“Movement restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of the Corona virus may make domestic violence more…


He married the mother of his two children who is a South African jazz musician

This beautiful image belongs to https://unsplash.com/photos/9_. It was uploaded there by https://unsplash.com/@isaiahmcclean

There is music in the air

Usually, people say “ love is in the air” when speaking of love and things like that. However, since I am writing about a Royal Zulu marriage, I thought it would be better to use an internationally acclaimed artist to best express my feelings about the marriage. So, ladies and gentlemen, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luOeTylAwJ4 may serenade us into the day’s subject. Do enjoy!

The King

The recently appointed king of the Zulu nation, https://medium.com/afrosapiophile/the-complexity-of-southern-africa-monarchy-inheritance-5fc6900ff965 reportedly married. As someone that love’s love, I am excited for the couple. …


Thursday Prompt: Owning the very places I leak out my own power

I found this beautiful babe image on https://unsplash.com/photos/xCXJELjcmxU, Thanks to https://unsplash.com/@jxnsartstudio for uploading it there

Seeing the world via Children’s eyes

Oftentimes, adults assume the big role of governing children’s lives. Here, I am referring to how adults plan, give birth, raise and prepare newborns for the world.

Tell me, do you think this adult raid is appropriate, guaranteed and beneficial to its recipients? I am the only one who wants to know why people deprive children of their rights?

Ya, maybe we needed to all sit at home, wear our diapers, suckle on our thumbs and critically engage our mental muscles about life.

If I were to ask you, can you tell me: who…

Nombuso Makhubu

I am of southern African descent living in Ottawa, Canada. My academic qualifications are law, human rights and social justice, global action and engagement.

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