“We Are Together”

Povo school

Povo school students who let their love shine.

I heard these three little words many times while I was in Mozambique. Friends and colleagues would often say to me “we are together.”

And the way they said it was….special.

For example, I might say “can you help me get home after the show,” or “will you be at the cafe” and they would look at me and say, almost reassuringly, “we are together.” It would make me feel calm and safe somehow.

One day I asked Chico where this expression comes from. It is translated from the Shangaan word “hixikanwe” (pronounced hishi-kung-way).

It is one of the most beautiful expressions I have ever heard. The words…the context…the sentiment.

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Johaness…a security guard I met one night in South Africa…such a beautiful soul who I connected with instantly.

So this week’s post is dedicated to some of the wonderful people I met during my African journey, who helped make it so memorable. You have changed me.

To them I say “hixikanwe.”

Charlotte and Seamus, and Liz and Rel

Charlotte and Seamus. Young souls who taught me so much. And of course their parents Liz and Mike who were so very generous and welcoming.

Jose

Jose..artist, creator, and nice guy.

Tomas and Miguel

Tomas and Miguel from the office…and there were so many more friendly colleagues who made me feel welcome.

Helder

Helder who always had my back.

Domingues and Orlando

Domingues and Orlando from the hotel. Always so open and friendly. “We love you Mr. Jona!”

Me and Jackson just outside Nelspruit, South Africa.

Jackson who drove me around Nelspruit and shared so much of himself with me.

Chico

And of course Chico….words cannot express my gratitude.

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