Growing up I used to think Bayede meant a salutation, relating to the king, ‘Hail the King!

Only recently I learned that Bayede is the royal salute originally “Bayethe’ meaning ‘bring them [enemies], we are ready to fight them.’

The complete form is often used, ‘Bayede weZulu or UyiZulu’ meaning: Bring them, you who are as vast as the heavens.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many challenges to many people, loss of family members, shut down in businesses and loss of livelihoods.

To those who are still standing, living, persevering and recovering from the disease, I say: Bayede to you.

Bayede to you for your determination to start the road of healing after you have lost a loved one.

Bayede to you that you still have the guts and resolve to pick yourself up after losing your business and start again.

Bayede to you for picking yourself up, dusting yourself off, raising your head up and facing the world.

Bayede to you, just for having the sheer human love and stubbornness to keep showing up.

Bayede, bring it on and Bayede, to your greatness.

Reference: Emperor Shaka The Great: A Zulu Epic by Mazisi Kunene

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