“Damba nePwere is a pun. Damba is one fruit and pwere is both singular and plural of child/youth. So in this case the title translates Child/children with a damba. Damba can also derive from kutamba/ to play ne/with pwere/vana/ children. Further, dzakatamba nePwere politely refers to a childish mind, a simpleton children can occasionally manipulate and tease for a laugh.”
The concept of play is deceptively simple. Regardless of which language we speak, games and toys, which connect us to innocence of childhood, lose that innocence as we grow older. As humans we are not infrequently at a loss of agency, becoming the plaything of the powers that be, mere elements in the games of others people as well as force of nature at its largest and at its smallest.