Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Challenge-by Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn

Let others lead small lives,
But not you.
Let others argue over small things,
But not you.
Let others cry over small hurts,
But not you.
Let others leave their future
In someone else’s hands,
But not you.

My Inspiration

Mrs.Mwiya with Limpo

My mother with my little nephew, Limpo

On any day, my mother will be my greatest source of inspiration. Her industry, hard work, sense of humor, faith in God and optimism is unrivaled. Add to that her ever present smile. For 21 years that I stayed with her there was never a day that she forgot to wear her smile. Now I don’t get to see her that often but I can always ‘hear’ her smile on the other end of the phone line. The greatest thing I inherited from my mother is faith in the Almighty God and a sense of optimism.

What my mother taught me;

  1. There is a God somewhere and He is ALWAYS watching over you.
  2. Don’t worry about a thing. If it was meant to be it will find its way.

Thank God for my mother. I couldn’t have had a better one.

Ben Carson

Ben Carson

The Ben Carson story is simply amazing. He moved from being the ‘dumbest’ kid in class to become one of the world’s most celebrated medical doctors. Again, you see the power of a mother to change the destiny of a little boy.

The thing about Dr. Carson that inspires me the most is that he is ever so aware of God’s presence in his work and life. You might want to call him the praying doctor. All too often in life men become too full of themselves when they achieve something momentous.

“I would like people to recognize in looking at my story that the person who has the most to do with what happens to you is you. It’s not the environment, it’s not the other people who were there trying to stop you. It’s what you decide you do and how much effort you put behind it.”-Ben Carson

Read the Ben Carson story here.

Chibamba Kanyama

Chibamba Kanyama

Chibamba Kanyama is an author, economist, broadcaster, public speaker and motivator. His personal mission is “to be a role model of success and achievement by performing to the best of my abilities in everything I do. I will support, motivate and inspire all those I come into contact with such as family, associates, and all people so that they succeed in all areas of life”.

He is currently the Director General of ZNBC and he also sits on several boards. Chibamba Kanyama convenes an annual motivational youth conference dubbed ‘Creating the Future Conference’.

Visit his website at http://www.chibambakanyama.com.

Mubita Nawa

Mubita Nawa

Mubita Nawa is one of Africa’s finest motivational speakers. He also holds a special place in this business because he is one of the pioneers of motivational speaking in Zambia.

When I started a motivational segment on a radio program seven years ago I found myself reading a lot of Mubita Nawa’s articles in the newspaper. To this day I still read his articles.

“You have come too far to give up on you.” Mubita C. Nawa

Find Mubita Nawa’s website at http://www.mubitacnawa.com.

Victoria Falls, Zambia

Victoria Falls

“Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.”-David Livingstone

Apart from my mom, Ben Carson, Chibamba Kanyama and Mubita Nawa I draw a lot of inspiration from nature. Whenever I can, I love to get away from the routine of daily life to feel the wind and smell the flowers. It’s so refreshing and energizing to my creative powers.

Also, I draw my inspiration from everyday life occurrences. Something someone does or says can easily be developed into a blog post. In fact, this article is inspired by an email I received from Martha about the #IamAZedBlogger February blogging theme. The blogging theme was, ‘what’s your muse?’

In summation, my inspiration comes from people, things and nature. It comes from everywhere, even from the most unlikely of sources. Let me know what inspires you in the comment box below.

#IamAZedBlogger

Celebrating Youth Day in Zambia

Two weeks ago (12th March) Zambia celebrated youth day under the theme:”Zambia at 50-Promoting Youth Mainstreaming for Sustainable National Development”. As part of the activities to celebrate this day, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) held an open day at parliament buildings Monday 11th March.

The open day brought together pupils from all the ten provinces of Zambia who exhibited various innovations in the areas of science, arts and engineering. The event was also punctuated by exhibitions from a handful of youth related organizations. Institutions that took part in the event were the Kalusha Bwalya Foundation, Youth Vision, Youth Alive Zambia and Lota House among others.

I was there too and I met some really interesting people.

Isaac C. Mwiya with Hon. Yamfwa Mukanga, MP

Isaac C. Mwiya with Hon. Yamfwa Mukanga, MP

The open day was an opportunity for youths to meet the policy makers.

Mag44,Isaac C. Mwiya and Pompi

Mag44,Isaac C. Mwiya and Pompi

Gospel musicians Pompi and Mag44 were some of the youths who took part in the activities of the open day.

Innocent Kasoma with his award-winning piece of art

Innocent Kasoma with his award-winning piece of art

Deserving exhibits were awarded. This painting was awarded best exhibit in the arts category.

A Woman Entrepreneur-Innocent Kasoma's award-winning piece of art

A Woman Entrepreneur-Innocent Kasoma’s award-winning piece of art

This painting celebrates the industry and hard work of Zambian women. It’s amazing what mothers go through in order to bring us to a place where we can begin to fend for ourselves. Personally, I stayed home until I was 21. Yes, 21!

Rodney Kombe and Emah Kabimba

Rodney Kombe and Emah Kabimba

Rodney Kombe and Emah Kabimba worked on extracting juice, syrup and sugar from beet root for medicinal and domestic purposes. Beet root offers all sorts of health benefits. This project needs some looking into.

Beet root juice

Beet root juice

Simple Earth Tremor Detector

Simple Earth Tremor Detector

Mable Nyirongo (16) together with her friend Chupa Kosamu (17) designed this simple Earth Tremor Detector. It is designed to detect even the slightest of tremors in the earth crust. The earth tremor is meant to be in constant motion thereby drawing an even line on the graph paper. When there is a tremor the line drawn on the graph paper becomes uneven forming troughs and crests.

Mable Nyirongo with her innovation

Mable Nyirongo with her innovation

Her friend Chupa could not make it to the open day.

What caught my interest with this innovation was that it was done by two young ladies. For a long time science and engineering has been dominated by the male folk.

Mable wants to be either a medical doctor or an engineer. She draws her inspiration from US based neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson and Zambia’s first lady and consultant obstetrician & gynecologist Dr. Christine Kaseba – Sata. Her friend Chupa also wants to be a medical doctor.

Well, if what I saw and heard is anything to go by these two girls have a great future ahead of them. For now, I can only wish them all the best.

Jackson Mukuka and Helen Chibale

Jackson Mukuka and Helen Chibale with their innovation-The Chaff Blower

Jackson Mukuka and Helen Chibale designed this Chaff Blower. It’s meant to separate the chaff from cereals such as maize, wheat and millet.

I had a great day and I think everyone who was there did. The key thing to remember is that we each have a duty to raise a new generation of leaders who are inspired, motivated, emancipated (from mental slavery) and above all else leaders who uphold integrity and service before self.

“A society that cuts itself from its youth severs its lifeline, but a society that engages their interests, enlists their talents and liberates their energies brings hope to the entire world” Kofi Anan

My Liebster Blog Award

Liebster Badge

Danke, merci, chokran, obrigada, gracias, thanks to Candace Habte for nominating me for the Liebster Award. Take time to visit her blog. She has so much to offer-you are bound to find something you will like. She is one writer with many heads.

In case you have not yet wrapped your head around this award here is some info explaining what the Liebster award is all about.

What is a Liebster Award?

Liebster is a Germany word that means darling, dearest, valued, kindest, or welcome.

The Liebster Award is a PR tool that is used to promote blogs that deserve ( but do not have) a huge following. By highlighting these deserving blogs you will in turn be promoting your own blog since your nominees are obliged to provide a link back to your blog. It’s well worth your time and effort.

What are the rules?

  • Post the award on your blog
  • Link back to the blogger who nominated you-and thank them too!
  • Answer the questions provided to you by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 5-11 blogs with less than 3000 subscribers and create 11 questions for them to answer
  • Inform your nominees by posting on their individual blogs and provide them with the rules of the award

NOTE

You can nominate a blog that has received the award before but not the blog that nominated you.

Here are my answers to the questions Candacy asked me;

1. What’s your guilty pleasure, and why (can be anything- food, show, habit, etc.)?

Surfing. I always set a time frame for me to be online but I constantly find myself overshooting.

2. What’s the last song you listened to?

Good Woman by Roberto

3. Would you rather fast-forward your life or rewind?

None of the above. I am always looking back to my small days to recollect some of those precious(some not so precious) moments, but my focus is on the future.

4. What’s your favorite part about blogging?

I just love when someone comments on my blog. It kind of reminds me that someone out there appreciates what I do.

5. What’s your least favorite part about blogging?

The hours can be long!

6. If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Let’s see….pumpkins!

7. You’re stuck on an island and get to take two people (real or fictionalized), one album, one book or magazine- not digital, and one item from your house. What/who do you take?

-Two people- Ben Carson and my little brother, Jay.

-One album- 18 Gospel Favorites by Jim Reeves

-One book- that’s easy, my Bible.

-One item from my house- my notepad (and a pen).Ah! Now that’s two!

8. If you could read only three blogs for the rest of your life, which ones would you read? Why?

This was always going to be a tough one. From the top of my head:

  1. Psychology Today
  2. Tiny Buddha and
  3. Executable Outlines

Why? I think they are great sites. Check them out.

9. What’s one word or phrase that you feel you overuse?

“I think that…”

10. What’s one thing you want to accomplish (or stop doing) this year?

I want to take my motivational speaking back on radio. That’s where it all began seven years ago.

11. Would you rather be a frog, a spider, a mud turtle or a goldfish?

Goldfish sounds good. I think that it looks good too.

Drum roll…Here are my nominees;

These are amazing blogs. Take time to check them out

And these are my nominees’ questions;

1. What made you to start blogging?

2. What has been the most precious moment of your blogging life?

3. What is your favorite quote/saying?

4. What is the best book you have ever ready?

5. Movies or music?

6. Who inspires you?

7. What do you love most about your country?

8. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would that be?

9. Favorite social media ( face book, twitter, LinkedIn or WhatsApp)?

10. What single quality would you like to see in your children?

11. If you could change one thing about the world, what would that be?

Liebster! Pass on the love!

#IamAZedBlogger

#IamAZedBlogger

In January I joined the #IAmAZedBlogger Project. It’s a group of Zambian bloggers started by Martha.

In Martha’s words, “#IAmAZedBlogger is a group for Zambian bloggers, no matter what the subject matter of your blog is, you just have to be Zambian…On the 1st of every month I’ll send you a theme to blog about and from there you are free to blog about whatever you want related to that theme! The only thing is that it is not compulsory, you don’t have to participate every week, just participate when you feel ready!”

The blogging theme for January was to write about the #IamAZedBlogger Project. The technology was failing me then. Well, now it’s done! But then there is the February and March challenge for me to do. In Martha’s words again, I have to get my whip cracking. But then again she says” just participate when you feel ready”. Let me dash off!

For now check out these fantastic Zed blogs.