“A people or community without a system of accountability is one that is hoarding damage and irresponsibility.”

Featured Here: A Beautiful African accountability practice.

In this African tribe, when someone does something harmful, they take the person to the center of the village where the whole tribe comes and surrounds them.

For two days, they will say to the man all the good things that he has done.

The tribe believes that each human being comes into the world as a good. Each one of us only desiring safety, love, peace and happiness. But sometimes, in the pursuit of these things, people make mistakes.The community sees those mistakes as a cry for help.

They unite then to lift him, to reconnect him with his true nature, to remind him who he really is, until he fully remembers the truth of which he had been temporarily disconnected: “I am good.”

Shikoba Nabajyotisaikia!

NABAJYOTISAIKIA, is a compliment used in South Africa and means: “I respect you, I cherish you. You matter to me.” In response, people say SHIKOBA, which is: “So, I exist for you.”


  • Reply May 9, 2014

    Anita Roy

    This would be nice if it were true. However, it’s not.

    There’s no such tribe or language. The words are lifted from the Assamese language and the photo is from a book about soccer in Africa, by Jessica Hilltout.

    The tell tale signs are “a tribe in Africa”, but does not say which tribe or where.

    Can’t find any such tribe or place in Africa.

    Hoax/fiction… sad to see photos of Africans used in this way.

  • Reply May 13, 2014


    LOLOLOL DREAM ON. Anita is quite corrrect. This is a hoax and a fairy tale and wishful thinking. I am South African born and bred, and the truth is that here in South Africa mob justice is commonly practised on a suspected wrong doer who are publicly and brutally stoned and clubbed to death. The suspect is often brutally murdered by the mob placing a petrol-filled car tyre over them, pinning their arms to their sides and rendering them helpless. Then the mob sets the victim alight and dance and sing about them as they burn to death. Google it, it’s called ‘necklacing’. Winnie Mandela, Nelson Mandela’s second wife, was a great advocate of necklacing. In fact you can see videos on YouTube of her calling for the method to be used. SHIKOBA is not an African word, it is in fact a Native American (Choctaw) name and means “feather” in Choctaw. It is not used in South Africa AT ALL, neither is the word, NABAJYOTISAIKIA.

  • Reply May 15, 2014


    This is not true… Where in South Africa is this tribe

  • Reply May 15, 2014


    Jenny shut up with your negative stereotyping when you know South Africa was in a pressure cooker environment because of apartheid….back to the subject, this article is just rubbish

    • Reply May 16, 2014

      Anita Roy

      NABAJYOTISAIKIA is a common name from Assam. You can find lots of people on FB called


      I agree that mentioning necklacing in this context is stereotyping. However, I will say that there are a number of justice systems traditionally (from what I have read) that are less than compassionate and comparing. Some are quite harsh.

      However, this article is about wishing there was a lovely and compassionate system. If only they could just write the article and say “I wish this were true” rather than sticking some stupid names and photos on it to make it look legit.

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