January 7th, 2003



Activist Cuts Dreadlocks as Moi Era Ends
Mon Jan 6,10:18 AM ET

NAIROBI (Reuters) - A leading Kenyan activist shaved his dreadlocks to celebrate the retirement of President Daniel arap Moi, fulfilling a vow he made 13 years ago not to cut his hair until his old adversary left power.

Koigi wa Wamwere said he would offer his shoulder-length locks to Kenya's national museum as a monument to his long fight for democracy under Moi, who stepped down last week. "The removal of the hair does not suggest that our problems are over, I hope it means that we have the freedom to begin fighting these problems," Wamwere, 52, told Reuters Sunday. Wamwere, who was jailed repeatedly under Moi and said he once had to obtain a court order to prevent prison authorities trimming his hair, began his activist days opposing the government of Kenya's first president, Jomo Kenyatta. "There's a big sense of relief for me personally and I know for the nation with the departure of Moi, we all feel that we have taken a big burden off our backs," he said, speaking from his home village of Bahati, some 140 km (85 miles) northwest of the capital Nairobi. Wamwere said thousands of people turned out to watch his mane being shorn at an open air ceremony at his village on Saturday -- the removal of his straggling dreadlocks symbolizing for many a final break with Moi's 24-year rule. An opposition National Rainbow Coalition led by new President Mwai Kibaki swept to power at December 27 elections, riding a wave of resentment at years of corruption and rising poverty under Moi, who was bound by the constitution to retire. Wamwere said that despite occasional problems posed by his coiffure -- reminiscent of the hairstyles favored by Mau Mau fighters who fought British colonial rule in the 1950s -- he was glad to have stuck to his promise. "I just wanted people to know that it's possible to say something and stick to it, whatever the inconvenience," said Wamwere, who was elected as a member of parliament in the new administration. "If you can't have politicians who can't keep their word because of comfort or advantage then they're not worth having as leaders," he said.
  • Current Music
    the one am radio

The Rastafarians

I'm reading this book called "The Rastafarians" by Leonard E. Barrett, Sr. I figured that since I started growing my dreads that someone would eventually ask me something about it. I had no intention to become a Rasta I just thought I would expand my knowledge about other cultures. Some of what I've read interests me. I have questions however which I ask in all seriousness. Babylon is the land of oppression. Does this apply only to Jamaica or wherever oppression exists? Why is Haile Selassie considered the Black Massiah? Why is Ethiopia considered the promiseland? How has Rastafarianism changed since the past? I don't want to burden anyone with too many questions so I will save those for a later time.
  • Current Mood
    curious curious

(no subject)

i joined this community sometime in the middle of june when i tried to lock my hair for the first time. it was only about four inches long so it wast really working very well. also, i did it with a bunch of friends while watching movies and none of us really knew what we were doing. we put rubber bands around the bases and tips of the dreads. when i took the rubber bands out two weeks later my hair looked ridiculous. i tried to fix it, and only managed to do half of my hair. i tried to fix the rest of it a week later but it was too late. they were too knotted. i wound up slathering my hair with horse conditioner and leaving it in for a couple hours. i was able to slowly comb it out (not without a tremendous amount of pain and hair loss).

five days ago, i tried again. my hair is all about six inches long and made for much nicer dreads. and now that i had some experience (my first attempt and locking my cousins hair) it worked alot better. but theres a down side. my straight ass layered hair is now dreaded into a globe shape around my head. ive tried keeping it down with bandannas and hats but they just smooth it out so i look like a bubble. at least when its ruffled up its interesting.

so heres the question. how can i make my hair flatter to my head without turning it into a big ball?