Born in Huambo, Angola |
Gloria left Angola filled with many “sorrowful memories” caused by more than 25 years of civil war. It left her birth country devastated with millions dead and many more disabled. From Angola she arrived in Portugal where ‘race’ was always an issue. Gloria now considers Toronto home and appreciates its excellent quality of life. She emphasizes the fact that most Torontonians seem to respect other people despite differences in ethnicity, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation, or language. It is this diversity and acceptance that she believes increases our ability to empathize with one another, and enhances the overall “beauty” of the city. Gloria loves Toronto’s summer with all of its foods, festivals, parades, and professional sporting events. Now Gloria works as a part-time interpreter and translator at MCIS.
Toronto as Home
Gloria wanted to be photographed at the Air Canada Centre, watching the Toronto Raptors. Despite never having had a NBA player originate from there, Angola has been described as a “basketball-crazy nation”. This preseason the Raptors had Carlos Morais on their roster and he had the potential to be Angola’s first NBA player. Morais was the MVP of the 2013 FIBA Afrobasket Championship and lead Angola to their eleventh championship. Gloria, who loves basketball, is proud to see a fellow Angolan succeeding internationally.
Connection with the Past
Gloria is holding a popular traditional game played in Angola called Kiela. Originally the game was played using holes dug in the sand. Kiela is a mancala game played by the Kimbundu-speaking people in northern Angola. The name of the game means “puzzle” or “mindsport”. It is featured in their oral literature and it is said to be a game of peace because “it can turn enemies into friends”.