...The title 'uprooting the pumpkin' comes from a poem called Song of
Lawino by Uganda writer Okot P'bitek it is the story of story of Lawino, a woman whose
husband, Ocol, throws her out of their home and brings home a more Europeanised woman
as a wife. Ocol despises Black people and their traditional ways and has adopted
Europeans values. Lawino uses the proverb, 'the pumpkin in the old homestead must
not be uprooted' to put her point across, because pumpkins are a luxury food and to
uproot pumpkins, even when you are moving to a new homestead, is wanton destruction.
She is not asking Ocol to cling to everything in his past, but rather not to destroy
things just for the sake of it
I love and respect my Zambian and African heritage but
also appreciate the ideals of fairness and equality espoused in a multicultural England.
This Blog is about trying to bridge that gap and find ways to ensure that Africa does not
continue to lag behind the rest of the world. As a feminist, I am particularly interested
in the plight of women on the continent.