The Essence of Africa

Maree Clarkson

Tarlton, South Africa

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“I want to live my life so that my nights are not full of regrets.”
-  D.H. Lawrence
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In the past 100 plus years, changes in Africa have been numerous. However, it is the essence of Africa which remains unchanged.
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To me the essence of Africa is not just the beautiful countryside, it is not just the amazing wildlife or the abundant bird life or the gorgeous beaches, Bushveld and cities, it is also about the people.
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Archbishop Desmond Tutu said, "Ubuntu speaks of the very essence of being human. My humanity is caught up, is inextricably bound up, in yours. We belong in a bundle of life. We say, “A person is a person through other persons.”
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(Ubuntu is an ethic or humanist philosophy focusing on people’s allegiances and relations with each other. The word has its origin in the Bantu languages of Southern Africa and a direct translation basically means, “I am what I am because of who we all are.” Ubuntu also suggests that the person who behaves with humanity will eventually be an ancestor worthy of respect or veneration.)
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South Africa is a melting pot of different peoples. Our challenge lies in building a ‘single’ community, united by being committed to the common good of all, in uniting our people from different origins, culture and spiritual beliefs in a form of acceptance and friendship. With the right motives and the right spirit and by applying the right principles of Ubuntu, a natural patriotism is developing in South Africa.
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We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole World. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.
~ Info regarding ‘UBUNTU’ FROM Wikipedia


11th August 2011 – FEATURED in “Hats and Hat Boxes”
13th August 2011 – FEATURED in “Fantastic Mixed Art”
23rd March 2012 – FEATURED in “Feminine Intent”
27th October 2012 – WINNER in the challenge Africa Woman in ‘African Beauty’
23rd February 2014 – FEATURED by RedBubble in “EXPLORE”
23rd February 2014 – FEATURED in “Art Universe”
26th February 2014 – FEATURED in “Image Writing”
26th February 2014 – FEATURED in “Live, Love, Dream”
9thMarch 2014 – FEATURED in “PostCard Style”
10th June 2016 – FEATURED iin “A Place to Start — The Place to be”
3rd April 2017 – FEATURED in “Everyday Life”

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