Mimi Mwiya, Namibian, writes a poem in Silozi about being a woman. Mimi says ‘as a woman, as a human being, you can be anything and everything you want to be’. Enjoy the poem and Happy International Women’s Day!

Umusali

SILOZI

Umusali

Kumalela cwalo

Haunze uhula, mubii wahao wacinca

Amuhela cwalo

Ngana yahao ika cinca nikuhula

Usi swabeli mayemo

Usi swabi kuipulelela

Ube nimayemo ahao

Usi inyninyifazi kayomuñi

.

Umusali

Uikuhumuse nikuikutwa

Linzwi lahao limata halina tikanyo

Kalona ni kakezo

Likona kuyahulula ni kuyaha

Li sebelise kangana

 

Umusali

Ufa bupilo

Lizwele lahao lifa sico

Lizwalo lahao lamakaza

Lilato lahao lifa maata

 

Umusali

Siliseli kuituta

Siliseli kuhula

Kono hape

Usi libali

Seuli sona usi eze cwale….

..si likani

 

Umusali

Ulikani

Bupilo bwahao kimakazo

Umusali

Mahe macaba

Famukokoto wahao kupepilwe baeteleli babañata

babacilokile

 

Una nimata

Utiile

Ubutali

Wa futumala

Ulilato

Wena

Umusali!

 

ENGLISH

You are woman

embrace it.

As it grows, your body will change

embrace that too.

Your mind will change and grow too

do not shy away from it

do not shy away from having your say,

making your stand.

Do not make yourself small for anyone.

 

You are woman

stand tall and walk proud.

Your word has immeasurable power

both it and your deed

can break or build

use it wisely.

 

You are woman

your womb gives life

your breast nourishes

your love gives strength.

 

You are woman

don’t ever stop learning

don’t ever stop growing

but also

don’t ever forget

everything you are and do now…

…is enough.

 

You are woman

you are enough.

Your very existence is a wonder.

You are woman

mother of nations

The back upon who many leaders have ridden,

risen.

 

You are resilience

You are strength

You are wisdom

You are warmth

You are love

You

Are woman!

 

 

 

 

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