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#Zambia50: We have the ability to create a Zambia we want

Zambian blogger Isaac Mwiya writes about hope and inspiring people to realise their true potential.

Zambian blogger Isaac Mwiya writes about hope and inspiring people to realise their true potential. Source: Supplied

On the 50th anniversary of Zambia’s independence eNCA.com spoke to some young Zambian bloggers to find out what they love most about Zambia and what they believe still needs to change.

Introduce yourself
My name is Isaac Mwiya. I’m 26 and I live in Lusaka. My blog is about motivation and inspiration. Anything and everything that has the capacity to inspire and motivate the next generation of leaders will find its way on to the blog.

Why did you start blogging?
My blog is about helping people realise their true potential. I created the blog in order to communicate a message of hope. If I can help one person look to the future with a renewed sense of hope and optimism I will count that as a success.What do you love about Zambia?
There are so many things I love about Zambia. One of them is the peaceful coexistence that we have had over the last 50 years. Zambia has over 70 tribal groupings. It’s amazing, almost unbelievable, that a country with such diversity can survive for 50 years without conflict.

Zambia is the third most peaceful country in Africa after Mauritius and Botswana.

What makes the people of Zambia special and unique to others in Africa?
Zambians are known for their welcoming hearts. Every time I talk to visitors they tell me how welcomed they feel by the Zambian people. It is a legacy we are proud of.

Tell us about the digital space in Zambia? How does this impact on your ability to express yourself?
According to the ITU report for 2013 only 15.4% of Zambians use the Internet. This poses a great challenge in reaching out to the people who really need the message I share. I get more visitors to my blog from the United States of America that I get from here! It’s a huge challenge.

After 50 years of independence in Zambia what do you think still needs to change?
Zambia needs what Dora Siliya (Member of Parliament and former minister of Education) calls “mental infrastructure re-engineering”.

We need a paradigm shift in the way we think and the way we do things.

We have to come to a place where we realise that we have the capacity to devise solutions to the challenges that face us. We have the ability to create a Zambia we want; a nation that our grandchildren will be proud to call home.
Follow Isaac on twitter: @isaaccmwiya

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Celebrating 50 Years of Zambia’s Independence

Zambia at 50

Commemorating God’s favour of Zambia’s 50 years of independence

Zambia today celebrates 50 years of political independence. Zambia got its independence from Britain on October 24, 1964.

The Golden Jubilee is being celebrated under the theme: “commemorating God’s Favour of Zambia’s 50 years of independence for continued peace, unity, democracy and prosperity”.

On a sad note, the country will celebrate this momentous occasion without the head of state. President Sata left Zambia for a medical check-up abroad on Sunday night accompanied by his wife and family members. In his absence acting president Edgar Lungu will take charge.

As part of the golden jubilee celebrations many activities have been lined up. The official celebrations will take place at the newly constructed National Heroes Stadium in the capital Lusaka. 26 countries are expected to send in dignitaries and representatives.

1,356 people from various walks of life will be honored for their contributions to the Zambian story in the last 50 years with the first ever Special Single Class Golden Jubilee medal at an investiture ceremony to be held at the National Heroes Stadium.

Zambia’s first president Kenneth Kaunda will be among the many heroes to be honored.

The Zambia national soccer team that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2012 will also be honored. Others to be honored include players from the class of 1988 that reached the quarter finals of the Seoul Olympics of that year, drawing with Iraq 2-2 and beating Italy and Guatemala 4-0 respectively before losing to West Germany by the same margin.

Zambia has also lined up a friendly match against Ivory Coast on 25th October, 2014 at the National Heroes Stadium. Ironically, Ivory Coast coach Herve Renard and his assistance Patrice Beaumelle will be among the 1,356 individuals to receive Special Single Class Golden Jubilee medals. Renard and Beaumelle were in charge of Zambia when she won the AFCON in 2012.

Meanwhile, the Bank of Zambia (BoZ) has issued a 50 Kwacha Golden Jubilee commemorative bank note. The note carries portraits of Zambia’s five presidents over the last 50 years.

k50 Jubilee Note

K50 Golden Jubilee commemorative bank note

The Zambian story is incomplete without the mention of God. In this vein it is imperative to remember the prayer that was recited at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on the 25th of October 1964:

“O GOD THE FATHER OF ALL MANKIND, WE BESEECH THEE SO TO INSPIRE THE PEOPLE OF THIS LAND, WITH THE SPIRIT OF JUSTICE, TRUTH AND LOVE, THAT IN ALL OUR DEALINGS WITH ONE WITH ANOTHER WE MAY SHOW FORTH OUR BROTHERHOOD IN THEE FOR THE SAKE OF JESUS OUR LORD AMEN.”

Happy 50th Independence Anniversary Zambia. God bless our motherland.

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