Build in Zulu

To build is -kha- in Zulu.

A-kha means build, you build.  A-kha-ni is you (many people) build.
Building presupposes that you have the right to put up a structure.  There were no title deeds in Africa in the olden days.  The chief or king held the land in trust for the people.  He gave you a piece of land to build some structure and grow some crops.

It is also about neighbourliness.  In ancient Africa, people said sakhile ezweni (we have built on our land).  Your neighbours were important because they shared your joy and pain.  You did not call 911 when your wife had a difficult pregnancy.  You sent a child to fetch a neighbour or the midwife.

In the olden days, girls were brought up to get married and build a home for their husbands and kids.  That was their career path, period.
In Europe and North America, kids learn to play alone.  Colourful blocks are favourite toys.  Parents buy them for their kids so that they can build skyscrapers, schools, cars, trains etc.
A-kha.  The first part is pronounced like art, the second like car.

Sa-khi-le.  The first part is pronounced like some, the second like kick and the last one like leg.

A popular boy’s name which means we have built.
We are neighbours.
Ngi-ya-kha e-Nanda.
I’m building at i-Nanda.
Ba-ya-kha e-Atlanta.
They are building in Atlanta.
Sa-khi-le e-Georgia, Russia.
We have built in Georgia, Russia.
Ba-khe ku-phi?
Where have they built?
Where are their roots?
Ngi-fu-na u-kwa-kha i-nxu-lu-ma.
I want to build a mansion.
Ngi-ya-ku-tha-nda.  Ngi-zo-kwa-khe-la i-ndlu.
I love you.  I will build you a house.
Wa-khe ku-phi?
Where is your home?
Nga-khe phe-zu ko-Thukela.
I live above the Tugela River.
By:  Nonqaba waka Msimang.


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