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  • Mwenye hila habebeki - it is difficult to help a difficult person.
    (disclaimer - my swahili is pretty basic so I rely on the help of my friends on the translations)

    I agree with the sentiment of the kanga. There are people who say they want advice or support, but who are very unwilling to actually follow the advice if it does not rhyme with what they wanted to do in the first place. Other people don't want to be in debt to anyone, and some are just plain cantankerous, for the want of a better word.

    What really fascinates me in this kanga, is thinking about how one would use it. Do you give it as a gift to someone to imply "I would help you if you weren't so darn difficult about it"? Or do you walk around wearing it, to let the world know that some people could perhaps to be a bit more graceful about receiving help?
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