Pole Pole Tutafika
When Baba na Mama founded Kibo Art Gallery on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Moshi, Tanzania in 1963, they called it their African Mango Tree, their mascot was the African tortoise.
"It is like a mango tree; too slow in growth to compete with emphemeral fashions of the art world; but with roots too deep in the soil to be uprooted by any shallow wind of civilisation.Its roots sink deep into the earth to reach out for the bones of our ancestry and the sap that is our heritage from God.Its trunk powerful and round like true communal life in unity and harmony.Its branches open up into a generosity of leaves, flowers and colourful fruits to feed the world and inspire humanity with spiritual health, joy, love, peace and humility in eternal wonder."I share this with you today on the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America.
Whose face glows with love and compassion like the sun of Africa.
Who brings with him the fertility of America and the beauty of the land, he belongs to us all.
Who believed in Martin Luther King's dream,
A dream deeply rooted in the American dream that has sustained its power through generations, and sacrifices.
Today, there will be pomp,
There will be glory, and jubilation.
In unity and harmony, we will continue the journey.
Pole Pole Tutafika [slowly, slowly, we will get there].
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