The Zulu Tradition
"Our African friends are more permissive in this respect. In the Zulu tradition, every man must compose a poem before his death. Probably without that he would not be allowed to enter the paradise of his tribe. Ought not all gods make this condition incumbent on their respective bondsmen. Perhaps, but heaven must have its peace too."
Mushir Anwar, Why should poetry have no purpose
[in Dawn newspaper, 6 March 08]