Our babe is a natural mystic and the world has become so much more beautiful since she arrived. She came out the womb up to some antics and ready for adventure.
Nothing is coincidental in this life—everything happens through us, rather than “to” us. Eleven’s soul wouldn’t have come to us had she not been one to shake things up and change the game, and if there’s one thing I love, it’s change. I've "meta" tattooed on my left wrist. :)
I gave my daughter the name Tembo after my late great uncle Lieutenant General Christon Tembo. He was an army commander and Vice President of the Republic of Zambia, and most importantly, the member of my family who made the most impact on me. He left an imprint of power and greatness, always. He also gave me my first taste of wine. ;)
General Tembo was my maternal grandmother’s brother. Their father was Simeone Buchizya Chanthenda Tembo, and he was one of eleven brothers in his family.
The Tembos are kings. Chief kaMangadazi Tembo was the descendant of Paramount Chief Zwangendaba, who was a successor of Shaka the Zulu king and warrior of Southern Africa.
My maternal line stems from the greater southern part of the continent—Ngoni Zulu people who speak many dialects including chi’Tumbuka and Nyanja. The southern part of Afrika was obviously not divided into the nations they are now; for example people in eastern Zambia speak languages that people in western Malawi also use—we’re the same people; the borders are artificial.
“Mbatuba” is the name Eleven’s Zambian Amamas gave her, and it means “Holy Trinity watching over us.”
And here we are—from Shaka Zulu to V.P. General Christon Tembo to my babe.
(See “On Eleven” for more about 11’s significance).