I have the fortune of looking back over a gloriously eclectic life spent in special places with wonderful friends, who allowed me the freedom to not always follow societies conventions, while watching the transition of Africa from the old to the new.
With regard to the events and people described in my narrative, in the years since the tragic occurrence on the river, like the leaves of the Jacarandas, we have all been scattered by the winds of time.
The media attention following that tragedy appears to have curtailed cartel interest iin the Kafue and Lunga-Luswishi areas. Like them, the Russians and the old nganga man have faded into the fabric of Africa.
For a while I was replaced in my position in the Kafue area by the son of our sponsor. However the young man return to Germany within months following his first bout with malaria. I was asked to step back into the position, and can report success as evidenced by the increase in the animal population in the area of the Kafue-Lunga confluence.
Over the past few years Lauren and Precious’s design partnership has thrived. Now with a cosmopolitan outreach, no doubt the reader will be familiar with their ubiquitous orange and white logo.
After losing his only daughter, Mustafa sank into a shadow of is former self.
I never had the courage to tell him that he may have another child. However, given Claudia’s relationship with the Beyh family, and because she has a stronger character than I, she did.
Surprisingly, as a result, it was Mustafa who reached out to Moses, and even more surprisingly, that Moses responded positively.
The Beyh family has embraced him where he now runs certain of the challenging activities of their conglomerate.
Also a thank you to the lodge for hosting the many friends who came to scatter flowers in Narina’s memory , on the crown of the hill over- looking the Kafue and Lunga Rivers.
Moses chose this special spot where his spirit can guard over Narina’s until we too join her someday to rekindle and bask in the magnificence of our African togetherness.
Finally my profoundest thank you goes to my partners Claudia and Sophia, who have been part of my life for so long, and now have helped so much in the editing and preparation of this tome.
But more importantly, have allowed me to come to terms with my Africa without having to make a choice.
After all like so many things on this special continent there can never be a perfect resolution, so why not learn to live with all its aspects, including the past and the present with equanimity.
Humbly – Gideon (Bwana Lunga)
(Lusaka – 14 March 2021)