Dream unfulfilled: the political career of Enga’s Malipu Balakau

My clan, my custom


I called her Ina (mother) even though she is my aunt
My uncle is my dad (papa)
My father’s big brothers are my (mamu) grandfathers
My father’s elder sisters are my (Sasi) grandmothers
In my father’s house my aunty is has the power
She can curse and she can bestow blessing to us
Unless she renounce her curse upon me
I will live with the curse till death

I was born a male, I bore the family name
I am a son to my fathers’ clan
I am counter as an arrow to a hunter
The strength of my family is the males
But the bow of the arrow is always our sister
In my clan family is logging and mining
Discipline is education and religion
In my family leadership is the highest value


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