To celebrate Tambo Month, the Foundation kicked off our programme of events with Imbawula, a story telling event themed “Tambo Lives!”. Imbawula is inspired by the days of old when Africans would gather around a fire connecting, telling stories and sharing knowledge.
The Tambo Lives! Imbawula was held at the Market Theatre and it set the tone for Tambo Month with heart-warming stories about Tambo being shared – some humorous and all inspirational. Kaya FM’s CEO, Mr Greg Maloka set the scene as the MC, and Ms Lelo B provided the entertainment. Minister Ayanda Dlodlo spoke of her own recollection as a MK soldier under O.R., as well as those of people who worked closely with him. Ms Lindiwe Sangweni-Siddo regaled the audience with stories about growing up in exile in Lusaka and her encounters with Uncle O.R., and the relationship between Zambia’s then President, Kenneth Kaunda, and Oliver Tambo.
O.R. was an ardent pan-Africanist who valued and understood the importance and positive impact of unity across the continent. It was, therefore, wonderful to listen to Mr Thebe Ikalafeng sharing detailed accounts of his travels throughout Africa and how Tambo is, to this day, remembered and loved in several countries on our beloved continent. The youth perspective was provided by Ms Pontsho Pilane. Her story focused on growing up in a newly democratic dispensation and the impact of those freedoms on a generation of young people.