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Word of the Week

 

paraphernalia 


noun

 

Meaning:

- an assortment of items that are required for a specific task or activity


Example Sentences:

  • Inside of the supremacist’s camp, authorities stumbled upon a great deal of anti-government paraphernalia.

 

  • Martha could easily spend hours in any store that specializes in cooking paraphernalia.

 

  • While searching the man’s vehicle, the police found needles and other drug paraphernalia

 

  • I tossed out all my political paraphernalia after my candidate lost the race.

 

  • During the surgery, the technician handed the surgeon essential paraphernalia such as sponges and clamps.

 

  • Mark was concerned about his teenage daughter when he found condoms and other sex paraphernalia in her bedroom.

 

  • Over the years, Elizabeth has collected a huge amount of holiday paraphernalia that she uses to decorate her home each year.

 

  • Cathy is going to get plates, balloons, and other party paraphernalia at the drugstore.

 

  • Because Chuck is a huge basketball fan, his entire home is decorated with his beloved team’s paraphernalia.

 

  • Someone stole my shovel and other landscaping paraphernalia from my shed. 

 

 

 

A GIRL PLAYING THE PIANO

Meadow Hall School, Lekki, Lagos

www.meadowhallschool.org

Published in Photo of the Week

"The bull will never bellow when it sleeps; neither will the cockerel ever crow without clapping its wings".

- Gusii (Kenya) Proverb

 

 

Background, Meaning and Everyday Use of the Proverb:

The Abagusii community occupies the area of western Kenya in Nyanza province; they cover an area of 2,198kms. In the latest census of 2009 the community’s population is 2.5m. It is classified among the Bantu speaking peoples, and considered to be the sixth largest community in Kenya, with six major sub-clans, namely, the Kitutu being the largest clan, the both north, west and south Muggiano, Nyabari, Wanjare, Bobasi, and Machoge. All this sub-clans are unified with one language known as Ekegusii, the dialect of the sub-clans lay on pronunciation and names of items rather than the emphasis and value of the meaning.

 

The community traces their origin from Misiri – Egypt-- as a large group of Kintu whereby they continued to pathways with the Kikuyus, Kurias and Maragolis. It is said that it is the same group that evolved to form from the kikuyu where we trace Meru and Embu communities.

    
The community articulated philosophies of life that were communicated through riddles, folktales, songs, poems, and proverbs that were kept alive through oral transmission from generation to generation. Observing the cultural norms and values means pleasing God and the ancestors. The mythology of proverbs dominated the society and relinquished the capacity for choice and passive acceptance in the way of solving the needs and nature within the society. It helped them to move from a sense of fatalism to critical consciousness where one defined his actions and the way forward.
   

 

The community is organized on social ideals where by omogaka bwa’omochi’e is the head of a family, omotureti is the head of the village, omotongore is the head of the clan while omogambi is the head of the community. The community’s ethical philosophy was gathered from the natural signs and behavior of both animals and birds within their environment. The bellow of the bull and the crow of the cockerel is the given example of the ethical formula that the culture borrowed. There should be always ethical practice and ways of doing things. We shouldn’t have to wait for things to go wrong in order to seek correction. The egoism is described as a psychology of an individual use of sense, knowledge, action and responsibility. It is the popular life of clannism. To be branded as being moral or immoral it is the way one does things and how responsible he/she is over them. The things you do, and how you do, affect not only you, but others, that is the culture of clannism. The competition of clanism is relative and healthy in itself for the checks and balance of moral discipline within culture and its people. In philosophy we categories humans into three levels, those who love pleasure, those who love activity, and those who love wisdom, but in totality philosophy is the discipline of human knowledge with ultimate principle causes which include the idea of God.

 

Societies may be organized in many ways, for always people need liberty, power, and greater voices in representation where democracy is one method of organizing society when kept with the method of inquiry, but the tyranny of the majority may over-ride the coherence and workability of truth. Driving the idea that majority are agreeable with it, does not make the idea legitimate. Clanism philosophy is one of the legitimate methods that draw individual act to a challenge not only from its agreeable tyranny of majority but from its relative legitimate, the inquiry from majority is not only the method that justifies the action, it is the needs that justify the method, the community derived the idea of legitimate to their actions.

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