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Prophet Alfred Manyozo Junior

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Okay, some words are said and, when they are said, they are forgotten because they go with the winds— others say not to come back again. Which is contrary to what my grandmother, a Mdokote, told me the other day.

I mean those days when the winds, at full speed, were able to distort the lines of gray hair on her head; days when she could enjoy her days in the sun, literally. But, then, her sun of life disappeared beyond the mountains and she has not been seen here again.

Now, what my grandmother – may her soul rest in peace; and may she forget all my trespasses— said is that some words come back. They come back with the winds, she said. In her understanding, winds come, go, and come back again, bringing back the memories they ‘stole’ from us.

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So, in her wisdom, we remember things because the winds that stole them are back. Simple. This means two things. We cannot remember anything without winds, since it is the winds that bring back memories. Why are you looking at these letters like that? I mean, as old as you are, you never knew this? Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

Surely, in the wisdom of a Mdokote, rumours about blood-suckers have come about because there are winds of peace, winds of disturbances, winds of hope, winds that are associated with all aspects of life. Now, blood-sucking rumours might have resurfaced because the rumours could be related to winds that came, and went, and came and went and now such winds could be on us again.

Such winds might have been responsible for the Chilobwe murders, the Chiradzulu murders and, oh, there must needs be [this is the language the winds understand; the must-needs-be language of old] a wind of afisi a ku Ntcheu, too! Cos Chiwalo has immortalised the afisi a ku Ntcheu winds in that song ‘Afisi a ku Ntcheu’.

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Now, do not look at me like that. I am just recollecting what a Mdokote said. And I must stop here because you, dear reader, are getting confused.

So, let me just talk about the winds in relation to Mighty Be Forward Wanderers midfielder Alfred Manyozo.

When the winds were young, Alfred Manyozo Jnr was young and I was young, I patronised a friendly soccer match between Mighty Wanderers and Nchalo at BAT Ground in Blantyre. In those days, I was a loquacious boy, busy as a runny nose.

And, so— when the winds were young, Alfred Manyozo Jnr was young and I was young—I made a lot of noise those days, supporting Wanderers of course— the Wanderers poor, naive, money-hungry organisers at the Football Association of Malawi decided to punish this week by giving them a game barely 48 hours after they played another game, which was, itself, played less than 24 hours after the Nomads played yet another game. Continue with your poor planning folks at Fam. The winds of your poor timing will one day come back to lead you into the pit of oversight. Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

Back to BAT Ground. Sitting close to me was Alfred Manyozo Jnr, who was then playing for Wanderers Youth. Now, given to action with his legs— he is known for hard tackles today— as opposed to his lips, Manyozo quietly followed proceedings on the pitch and finally spoke to, guess who, yours truly.

He said: “I will play in that midfield one day.”

Of course, he was referring to Wanderers.

Today, which team does he play for? Wanderers, the senior team.

Maybe I am remembering because the winds that carried Alfred Manyozo Jnr’s words are back in town.

Well, two weeks ago, at the wedding reception of television and radio personality Mphatso Katona, I bumped into Alfred Manyozo Jnr and asked him: “Do you remember what you said at BAT the other day; that you would play for the senior Wanderers team?”

Alfred Manyozo could not do otherwise but smile.

Now, when one’s own words come true, there is no better sense of satisfaction than that. More so because not many people ‘live’ the words of their mouths! Relief, real relief, must be the ability to welcome back winds that ‘fled’ with positive words; especially when such winds come back with the positive news they took away!

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