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Saturday, 25 March 2006
Hheyi ngubani lo?

wood carving

I don’t know why, but the moment I saw this large carving in a shop window (on holiday in December in Cape Town) the phrase Ngubani lo? came to mind.

Checking the spelling of this question (which means who is there?) I came across this account of an incident in Swaziland when the King met with church leaders:

The king had arrived and everybody was attentively listening to the speakers when suddenly a dull but sharp sound broke the silence&an unidentified priest had just released his stomach gas just a little too loudly.

It happened after lunch yesterday at Ngabezweni Royal Residence when the church leaders had been served with free food of hard porridge and offal meat. The dull sound of farting seemed to irritate those who were within hearing range because for a few seconds there was murmuring and questions about who has done that. Hheyi ngubani lo? (Hey who was that?),other priests were heard saying. Others, including some members of the security forces were amused by the episode as they chuckled silently.

Many heads turned to the back row, where the farting came from, but the culprit could not be spotted. Like everyone, he probably looked around and asked who did that in an irritated tone. Meanwhile, the event, that is, king meeting church leaders at the royal residence ended late in the afternoon.

Posted by bigblue on 25/03/2006 at 08:13 PM
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