WATCH | Proud moment or wasting time? — video of this parent’s UKZN graduation celebration sparks debate
A video of a parent dancing, ululating and singing during a graduation ceremony at the University of KwaZulu-Natal has sparked debate online, with some calling it “inappropriate” for the event and others defending the celebration.
The university recently commenced with in-person graduations after the popular events were halted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The occasion was celebrated by many who came out in traditional attire.
One video shared by the university showed an emotional mother singing a popular Zulu song when her child was called on stage.
The audience of parents and graduates joined in.
The video drew mixed reactions, with many congratulating the graduate and her proud parent.
“A proud parent leads the popular song with the lyrics ‘Noma ngabe izindlu ezodaka, kusekhaya lana’ (loosely translated to ‘they may be mud houses but this is our home’). It speaks to the pride one carries despite being from a poor or underprivileged background,” the university said of the moment.
Another video showed two parents ululating and dancing as their child walked off stage.
Backgrounds aren’t the same. A road to graduation is different for everyone.— University of KZN (@UKZN) May 11, 2022
We understand these stories, emotions, tears of joy and celebrations at the #UKZNGrad2022.#MyUKZN #MyPride #UKZN #InspiringGreatness #Graduation #UKZNGrad2022 pic.twitter.com/XzYYtPFHwW
While some said it was “time-wasting” and distracted from other children being celebrated, political analyst Jamie Mighti said there is nothing wrong with embracing culture and traditions during graduation ceremonies.
“I think it is important to have an elongated moment for parents to honour the child, the family and the efforts. I don’t think it's extra at all. I think it is beautifully African. People go through enough to get to that finish line and they will still fight to get that job,” he said.
Here is a look at some reactions:
Lol yall really dissing the way #UKZNGrad2022 graduates are celebrating?— Former Kleva Black🇿🇦 🇿🇦 (@SneKhumaloSA) May 12, 2022
Colonial brainwash inibambe ngama washing🤣
Baby you'll never shame Zulu people for ukugiya in celebration🤣
Inkinga we don't live for the white gaze. Sizogiya sikikize phambi kwabelungu benu.
UKZN has produced thousands of academics all over the country but today it get to be reduced to a “Zulu institution”merely because the Zulus celebrate their achievements in their own way,something that can happen anywhere ,heal your souls— Jobe (@Mfoka_Jobe) May 13, 2022