Dare to be Daniel

Daring to be Daniel is knowing who you are, where you’re from and helping others.

If you remember the book of Daniel in the Old Testament, there’s a story about the lion’s den where Misheck and Abednigo face the fire, right?

I couldn’t imagine what it was like for them, but only their spirituality and faith allowed them to survive.

The irony of this post is actually not completely about Daring, but about a Shona language term called Dare. –pronounced [da-re]

Dare is is actually a term used to describe a tribal court system where disagreements or misunderstandings are resolved. I’ve personally seen these in action in Guruve, Zimbabwe where my grandfather would preside over the tribal council.

If you read Sarikosi University this is where the judgements were pronounced and finalized before my parents, aunts and uncles were dismissed.

One thing for sure is that they were private matters and never made public to protect the tribal spirit. Fighting in public was not appreciated because it caused disunity among tribal friends and family.

Disagreements are common, but in Africa while we have a robust court system, many tribal discussions are settled in a dare. Everyone concerned mentions their grievances to the Chief and once everyone has had a chance to speak, the tribal folks beat the drums to signal peace.

If the rains come on the same day, I imagine that it is an evident signal from the ancestors that all sins are forgiven. I guess that’s why I understand Baptism. Water cleanses.

My grandfather used to talk to the ancestors everyday and he would walk on the muddy plains of Gota Farm asking for the rains.

As one of his cherished grandsons, I never understood why he would get up so early to walk around the farm, but it makes sense now that I’m older.

Edited at 558am.

Buy/Read Two Worlds Apart by Daniel Manyika.

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