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Kindezi: The Kongo Art of Babysitting by Fu-Kiau & Lukondo-Wamba

#WeAreReading Ep22

To the people of the Western world, babysitting is usually merely a means to make some extra money, chatter with friends on the phone, and raid their host's refrigerators. However, to the people of Africa, particularly the Bantu, babysitting is an art. Both K. Kia Bunseki Fu-Kiau and A.M. Lukondo-Wamba present the importance and consequences of this African tradition in Kindezi: The Kongo Art of Babysitting. Kindezi (the art of babysitting) and the ndezi (the babysitters) provide an extensive amount of services for both the society at large and the individual child, making for a cohesive, unified community. Kindezi serves to provide an early education for African youth, therapy and a feeling of purpose for the aged, and liberation and independence for African women. In addition, Kindezi develops the moral and intellectual character of the young, thus ensuring a strong foundation for each new generation. It is no wonder the authors address, in depth, the problem of encroaching Westerni…

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