IN THE olden days it was not possible to marry a woman from another part of the highlands region let alone to find a wife from the coast.
Our ancestors always thought people living beyond the mountain ranges were cannibals or masalais (spirits) and never ventured far. They did not have any clue that there was a big ocean and people were living along its coasts.
But all this is changing rapidly in the modern era. It is now possible for young people to marry people from distant places who they met at school, at work or in the church.
My son Ismael met Annie at the International Training Institute (ITI). Annie has a mixed parentage of Gulf, Western and Central provinces. Annie’s grandmother was from Daru and she married a man from Rigo. They raised nine children and Annie’s mother was their seventh child.