Do you know yourself?

We have heard the term “cultural dilution” many times but what does it really mean? It simply means that there is a form of compromise or slight changes to cultural norms. This is mainly due to evolution and the dominance of the westernized world.

Lobola is a very well-known African concept; where the husband-to-be sends his uncles to the fiancé’s family and as a sign of respect the uncles offer a certain amount of cows/sheep to the family. There has been an immense dilution in this culture. The family of the groom just sends a sum of money or an eft settlement to the fiancé’s family. The process is quicker and more convenient because there are not many families that have farms nowadays.

Th us of clan names is also an issue as the youth or younger generations do not know or care to know them. The ignorance does not even bother them as they are just content with their surnames. The only time we are keen on finding out about our roots is when we are faced with situations where we are looking for long lost family members or we find a reason to want to know who we really are.

Cultural dilution has made us lost our values as Africans. Quite often it is sugar coated by evolution but then the more we fall for this trap the less authentic African stories we have for the generations that follow.

Lethukukhanya Mlaba

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