Taming My Elephant

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University of Namibia Press, Dec 14, 2016 - Biography & Autobiography - 318 pages
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In Oshiwambo, the elephant is likened to the most challenging situation that people can face. If an elephant appears in the morning, all planned activities are put on hold and the villagers join forces to deal with it. For Tshiwa Trudie Amulungu, the elephant showed up on many mornings and she had no choice but to tame it. Growing up in a traditional household in northern Namibia, and moving to a Catholic school, Amulungu’s life started within a very ordered framework. Then one night in 1977 she crossed the border into Angola with her schoolmates and joined the liberation movement. Four months later she was studying at the UN Institute for Namibia in Lusaka Zambia, later going on to study in France. Amulungu recounts the cultural shocks and huge discoveries she made along her journey with honesty, emotion and humour. She draws the reader into her experiences through a close portrayal of life, friends and community in the different places where she lived and studied in exile. This is a compelling story of survival, longing for home, fear of the return, and overcoming adversity in strange environments. It is also a love story that brought two families and cultures together. 

 

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Contents

A word about the title of the book
2
Prologue
3
A word about Namibia
11
1 My ancestors
13
2 My childhood
42
3 My world opens up
71
4 Exile becomes a normal way of life
114
5 Married just for a few months
163
7 Arrival of a white comrade
198
8 Namibia gains independence
228
9 Taming my elephant
265
Many thanks
297
The liberation strugglea nd life in exile 19581990
299
Acronyms
303
Glossary of Oshiwambo terms
304
Back cover
309

6 My life gains new meaning
186

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