Saturday, September 3, 2011

Learning, Wisdom, and the African World Blog Post

There are three points I would like to cover in this week's post: Mbongi, African wisdom, and African learning.

An Mbongi is a room with no barriers in which one may speak only with clarity and authority. An Mbongi is essentially a classroom whom’s sole purpose is to teach,  as well to give a dwelling space of learning to all individuals inhabiting it. An Mbongi is what holds together the community, laws, and social aspects of each and every person who inhabits it. In this respect tot he Mbongit, Dr. Greg Carr has stated:“What you think belongs to you, what you say belongs to the public.”

African wisdom has been incorporated into various cultures and societies throughout history. We have also been exposed to such wisdom, but not nearly enough to fully understand how to use this wisdom. African wisdom and African learning correlate to each other in aspects of understanding ourselves as well as the universe. We were introduced to a few terms by Dr. Greg Carr this week including: 

Boko: To “break” or “cut” (as in the deciding of solutions to problems)  

Yemba: To create a shelter in order to cover and protect 

Lusanga: To mix, to put together, to assemble 

Kioto: To inhale (e.g. to intake a healing property)

These terms relate to the Mbongi, as well as the African learning and wisdom incorporated into the Mbongi, which in turn creates a human being of sound mind. These techniques were implemented by ancient Africans and still live on inside of our hearts and minds, only if we can rediscover and use these techniques to our advantage to benefit mankind and ourselves.

Dannie Bolden II

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