‘Ring of fire’ causes na­tion­wide stir

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Bongani Ndlovu Show­biz Cor­re­spon­dent

A PAR­TIAL so­lar eclipse that oc­curred coun­try­wide yes­ter­day sent so­cial me­dia abuzz with peo­ple tweet­ing and shar­ing images on the heav­enly phe­nom­e­non.

The an­nu­lar eclipse that hit South­ern Africa was vis­i­ble in Zim­babwe in the morn­ing into the af­ter­noon as the moon passed in front of the sun, cre­at­ing a bril­liant “ring of fire” that, ac­cord­ing to the Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ser­vices Depart­ment, lasted for about three hours.

Some greeted it with glee say­ing this was good luck as it sig­nalled that there would be plenty of rain this year. How­ever, oth­ers said it was a sign that there would be drought with the more dra­matic ones say­ing the sun was rot­ting.

Oth­ers quipped that lo­cal prophets failed to fore­tell a golden op­por­tu­nity to make money.

Co­me­di­ans such as The Comic Pas­tor took ad­van­tage of the rare event to give out a live blow by blow broad­cast of the eclipse with hi­lar­i­ous videos shared on his Face­book page. He called his broad­casts Dead BC, an ap­par­ent jibe at na­tional broad­caster ZBC. Ac­cord­ing to the Comic Pas­tor, the eclipse was brought to Zim­babwe’s doorsteps by the Min­istry of Tourism and Hos­pi­tal­ity In­dus­try. “Vanhu varik­u­fara nechi­itiko ichi chataun­zirwa neMin­istry of Tourism kuti tione nesu, so­lar eclipse (Peo­ple are over­joyed with this phe­nom­e­non that was brought to you by the Min­istry of Tourism so that they can also get a chance to view an eclipse),” posted the Comic Pas­tor. Not to be out­done was co­me­dian Q Siz­iba who also posted a video on­line where he was rep­re­sent­ing some­one who was fired from work. “Hanzi iwe wakaona eclipse uka­tora zv­inhu zvako ukati kwadoka. Hauzivi eclipse here?” (They are say­ing you mis­took the slight dark­ness for night­fall and you packed your things and left the of­fice. You didn’t know that it was an eclipse?),” said Q. While the eclipse took Zim­bab­weans by sur­prise, other coun­tries such as Mada­gas­car seemed to have been well pre­pared as they de­clared yes­ter­day a na­tional hol­i­day. A state­ment is­sued by their gov­ern­ment coun­cil urged Mala­gasy peo­ple to wear spe­cial glasses to ob­serve the phe­nom­e­non. — Twit­ter @bon­ganinkunzi

So­lar Eclipse glasses

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