From Bagamoyo, with so much soul

A week ago I learned a new word – Bagamoyo. It means “where you leave your soul.” Yesterday I toured was in Bagamoyo and had the priviledge of touring the small town that served as a slave port for slaves rounded across the East Coast of Africa by slave traders and colonial powers. From Bagamoyo, these slaves were either shipped to Arabic countries, Persia, India, South Africa, Reunion, Mauritius to work on various plantations till the end of the 19th century. It is said that about 1.5 million slaves walked on the shores of Bagamoyo. Continue reading “From Bagamoyo, with so much soul”

Mizero Juvenal & Nyiraromba Agnes

Rwarutabura, Kigali

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[Nyiraromba Agnes (NA) wavutse mu 1934 & Mizero Juvenal (MJ) wavutse mu 1931]
Jye: Bambwiye ko muri ba kavukire bo muri Kigali, nimumbwire uko umujyi wasaga kera.
MJ: Njye sindi kavukire ariko namenyeye ubwenge inaha i Nyamirambo muri za 1940.
NA: Jye ndi uwino rwose hacyitwa i Bwanacyambwe, ahera byose.
Jye: Mwakoraga iyihe mirimo icyo gihe?
MJ: Nari umuhinzi.
NA: Nkora iki se? Nari umukobwa. Nakoraga imirimo yo mu rugo nko gusenya, kuvoma, gukora isuku…
Jye: Mumbwire uko abisiramu baje i Nyamirambo rero.
NA: Byatangiye babita abaswayire. Nuko Rudahigwa, umugabo udahiga ibinyoma, aravuga ati “Ntabwo ari abaswayire ntibabeshya. Ni intwari z’u Rwanda.”
MJ: Ni nabwo yashyizeho kiriya kigo cy’amashuli y’Intwari.
Jye: Ubundi abo bisiramu mwababwirwaga n’iki? Imyenda se?
NA: Yeee! Uretse ko batitandiraga nk’abubu. Bambaraga amakanga n’ibitenge bagatura mu biryogo (kera hari mu makawa) kugera za mirongo hepfo iyoo.
Jye: Mumbwire rero uko mwatangiye gukora kw’ifaranga.
NA: Twahingaga ikawa tukayicuruza kwa Rukeba. Yari umucuruzi ahahoze gare aho mwita kwa Rubangura ubu.
Jye: Noneho hariya hahoze ubuvuruzi kuva kera.
MJ: None se siho haje amaduka ya mbere mu gihugu!
NA: Hari abacuruzi nka ba Huseni, ba Susa, Ba Rajani…. bari abahinde batukura.
Jye: Mwabyirutse mubasanga cyangwa baje bahabasanga?
MJ: Twese twabyirutse tubasanga. Bari baraje mbere.
NA: Yego uretse ko twese twaguriraga imyenda kwa Huseni. Ukagura iyadi n’igice akaguha n’umunyu, isabune n’ikibiriti ngo ni ubwasisi.
Jye: Ba uretse uransize. Iyadi ni iki? Ubwasisi ni iki?
NA: Iyadi ni nka metero. Ubwasisi ni ibyo bihembo akongera kuko uba wamuguriye… ni inyongezo.
Jye: Ubwo amafaranga wayavanaga he?
NA: Nakoraga imihotora mu rufunzo nkayitunganya neza nkayijyana mu mujyi bakampa amafaranga nkashyira mama akabika mw’icupa. Nuko rimwe arambwira ati “Ese tuzakomeza tujya gusaba i nyama kwa musaza wawe uriya ubaga kandi twagura inka?” Turabara dusanga amafaranga twazigamye ageze muri 400Frw. Nuko afata urugendo na musaza wanjye rw’iminsi ine bajya i Kabare bagarukana ikimasa. Bakiguze 180Frw andi bayarya mu nzira. Turabaga, turagurisha, izindi turahunika kugera ku gisenge. Umufungo twawugurishaga 50Frw.
Jye: Ubwo Umufungo ni nk’ikiro?
MJ: He he he reka reka!! Ni nk’ibiro bine.
Jye: Ubwo uhita utangira gucuruza ?
NA: Oya. Nari maze kuba inkumi ihamye, isobanutse, itunganye, ndarambagizwa ndakobwa dore uwankoye ni uyu.
Jye: Wamukoye angahe se?
MJ: 6000Frw! Abandi bakwaga bibiri bitatu…
Jye: Wari wihagazeho!
MJ: Nari nagurishije akarima.
Jye: Ubwo hari ryari?
MJ: Mu 1957.
NA: Hari kuri 12.09.1957
Jye: Ubukwe bwari buteye bute?
NA: Bwo gukobwa se cyangwa ubwo gushyingirwa?
Jye: Hera aho usahaka.
NA: Nashyingiwe muri Ste Famille. Ibirori byamaze ibyumweru bibiri abantu banywa. Nogoshwe amasunzu nyuma y’amezi atatu! Data bukwe ampa umufuka w’ibishyimbo, hegitari y’imyumbati, hegitari y’ibijumba n’urutoki.
Jye: Nuko nyuma haza za repuburika, ibintu birahinduka, umujyi urubakwa byose mubireba.
MV & NA: Yeeee
Jye: Icyo gihe ndibwira ko abaturage bari bake.
MV & NA: Bari beeeeensssshiii benssshiiii benshi cyane.
Jye: Ubwo muba mu mujyi, mubyara abanyamujyi…
NA: Yewe nta n’umwe usigaye. Twabyaye 15 bose barapfa. Ni twe twasigaye…
Jye: Kigali y’ubu muyibona mute se?
MJ & NA: Yapapapaaaa….
NA: Kigali iragaragaraaaa!!
Jye: Muheruka mu mujyi nka ryari?
MJ: Yewe jye simbona. Ubu byose mbona ari ibihu. Ubwo mperuka ruguru aha hashize nk’imyaka itatu imodoka zari zingonze. Byari urujijo.