Martin's Andola Tuu a must-read

07 February 2020 | Art and Entertainment

Sometime last year, I bought a book titled Andola Tuu by a young author, Kalina Senia Martin. It is written in Oshindonga. With my rudimentary command of Oshiwambo, I ploughed through it. It was the best decision I made. It is a good book and easy to read.

She begins her book with an explanation of the main actors in the book and how it is laid out. The key actors are Ndatoolewe and Elago. It is a story about determination and the choices our youngsters face in schools, at home and in wider society.

The author tells a story of the temptations young people face in falling to peer pressure or remaining loyal to one's convictions and principles.

It is not only about teenagers and their tribulations, it's a guide for parents and grandparents too. This book is a valuable encyclopaedia for churches and wider society on how to guide children in communities.

Those who have become consumed by sins of the flesh. Those who don't want to read books. It does not pass judgement, however, this book cleverly ignites the interest of the reader to follow how Ndatoolewe and her boyfriend Elago navigate these challenges.

They have a myriad of emotions that often get tested to the bone but somehow manage to reconnect again.

What becomes clear in the last two chapters is the deteriorating health of Ndatoolewe's Ndamanguluka, who succumbs to illness.

Her death is announced in church on a Sunday. Ironically, a friend of theirs, Kalumbu, makes it clear that she died the same day Ndatoolwe and Elago's wedding was announced.

The final chapter chronicles the reward for those who persevere in their plans of studying, obedience and enduring love: A wedding. And on the academic front, the reward is graduation! They harvest smiles on the faces of their parents, teachers and entire community.

The intriguing question then is who are the Ndatoolewes of your communities? How are they being supported and nurtured? Who is doing that? This is a book for everyone and I strongly recommend it.

Dr ELIJAH NGURARE

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