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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

I'm not loving Africa today....

No sweat, I will always love Africa, it's just that today, I'm taking a break. I'm supposed to be somewhere important, but the sole car we have right here isn't working. I'm supposed to call the parties I'm supposed to meet but not only don't I have units but the phones lapha haven't been working for the past couple months. Now, if I show I'm upset, the look I get is "everyone else is dealing with it, why can't YOU deal with it, get over yourself!"

Some really good friends were teaching me about how we women are ( it was a refresher course LOL), sometimes, when the heat is high, we don't respond logically to certain situations, we respond emotionally. I'ma take that tip and head into my logic room and see how I can best arrest this situation. I'll start by locating a good donkey-cart driver and then a long enough wire to connect this tin can to the one in .... I'ma see y'all later.

Psych! Guess I'll be over myself in the next hour or so...

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Lips sealed on "that" win

I have a lot of opinions on Thursday's votes but I will stick my nose out of it. I have learned to pick my battles. So I will make my opinions known about Constantine's retirement. I salute him 101% for dumping FAM (and by default, dumping the Sports Media). The sheer arrogance, you hire a guy and dump him at the mercy of the back/sports pages...don't offer him support and expect him to dance to your tune? I liked the guy because he told our "boys" in the Malawi strip the truth. He was PROGRESSIVE. I might be a minority in this view but seriously, when was the last time our players (the superstar crew especially) were banned from playing? FAM, dude, get a grip and figure it out. Stop wasting moulah!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Football in the village

You never know where you'll find talent. I'm developing a little football (Americans: read "soccer") team out in the village where I work. I figured since the kids have so much time on their hands, why not get them into an activity. So I bunched the girls and the boys together and encourage them to play their lungs out, there are two teams now that scrimage during the week. One named themselves "Arsenal" and the other "Lions". I get a hearty laugh on the inside when I see the older ladies pass by the pitch, frown a little and comment, "Even the girls are playing soccer?" Or when the girls are dribbling and the little boys go, "Well! I can't see the soccer ball with all those skirts flapping about!" Well, little boy, let the girls be! Good times.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Toussaint L'Ouverture


Haiti intrigues me. 5 main things drew me to thinking about this country I am yet to visit. The first two are negatives:
1. hearing about voodoo in reference to Haiti as a child. scary stuff.
2. After arguing about Malawi not being the poorest country in the world, my colleague came back to me and conceded, "Ok, I checked, it's not your country that's poorest, it's Haiti." Still don't want to know which country is really the poorest because I don't believe in stats.... they're all fairly dodgy but it's not Haiti really, according to the stats. used, Haiti is deemed to be the poorest in the Western Hemisphere not the whole world.
3. The Haitian president's exile, in Africa.


The positive things that drew me to thinking about Haiti are:
1. My dad is a Professor in French so I really loved the Haitian origin music videos growing up! Picked up a little Creole of my own.
2. and the other is what I am learning now, that the truth about Haiti is only partly told, if told at all. That the only successful large-scale slave revolt happened there.


Thus my mind is keen on finding out more about Toussaint L'Ouverture, the revolution and why this country is deemed poorest. What is the reality of the economic situation there and what world citizens are doing, or not doing about it...I must sound like I have a lot of time on my hands but really, this has began to intrigue me more and more. Perhaps in my pursuit of knowledge about Haiti I can learn something new about our economic situations here in Africa.

A detour in my life

I was reading a poem online by Eric Mtika and it really made me think. It talked about the loss of curiosity and the striving for greener pastures. My own personal application was that as I reach out for my own dreams, sometimes when I grab a hold of them they turn into vapor. They are not what I had painted them to be in my own mind's eye. People, locations, money.... so for me, it's not really a loss of curiousity but an overload of curiosity as questions begin to outweigh the answers. It's kinda depressing when you dwell upon it....you dream of living in a king's castle all your life and when you are finally king, you discover that kings probably have more blood on their hands than everybody else. Too sensational a thought but you get the drift.

Anyways, I choose to remain curious and have open-ended questions. Gives me a reason to wake up in the morning. Also the knowledge that there is only One who will never let anyone down, and that's Jesus, helps me to to look at myself in the mirror and not beat myself over the head too much over my own failures and my failing other people. My life has taken many a detour, I am yet to lay hold of my ultimate dreams, but I understand now that the detours are not necessarily bad, they offer life-lessons excellent for use at the destination, and pretty good scenery too me thinks. Cheers!!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Zimbabwe

Some sources tell me it's for the best that Zimbabwe's results are not out yet. something about fear someone will be used as an instrument by the powers that be to effect certain purposes that will mostly only satisfy the powers that be. I say, prayer is the only answer here, too many pie eaters and only one pie.

Now allow me to bring in a lighter topic, I am full of joy and jubilation at the fact that I can access my addiction, the internet, on my mobile phone for next to nothing. I can chat, browse, chat, google, chat, email, chat, chat ...on the go....it beats spending tons of money for personal internet connections or going to the internet cafe. So Celtel, big up to you dawg!!

Monday, April 7, 2008

on to other matters at hand

I certainly won't ditch my efforts to observe keenly the goings on in Zimbabwe but there are other matters at hand. Parliament opens again this month-end and one of the key topics is Section 65. For those of you who don't know what that is; basically the President is deemed wrong for ditching the party the he went into office with....so..... God help us!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Malawi Soccer wins 2-1 as Zim awaits poll results

Zimbabwe's main opposition leader has rejected calls by President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party to re-check the presidential election results.

Morgan Tsvangirai said such a move would be illegal and impractical.

Eight days after the poll, the country's election commission has yet to announce the results.

The High Court in Zimbabwe has said it will rule on Monday on an opposition petition demanding the immediate release of the poll results.

A judge at the court in the capital in Harare said he would first consider an argument by the Zimbabwean Electoral Commission (ZEC) that his court did not have jurisdiction. (BBC)


Malawi Soccer

The team is like night and day right now. Three straight wins after 6 straight losses. I am proud of them now. I say NOW because I was totally embarrassed by their lack of patriotism before. Good grief Constantine! what did u do to the team? I was glad for Swaziland's loss, surprised we beat Namibia, but Mozambique, I didn't see that coming. Well done Constantine. Well done team, well done FAM. Thumbs down to all sports journalists in Malawi, who likes nay-sayers?

Saturday, April 5, 2008

come on Zimbabwe











Election posters still up, man it's been 8 days..... (pix BBC)


Well come on, we need those result like, yesterday. I am one of those that believe in Africa and I always will, so come on Zimbabwe, release those presidential election results and give me something to blog about, don't make yourself look worse...... It's kinda hard to hold our breaths to say the very least.
National politics is complicated I know but let's make it a little bit simpler by R.E.A.L.I.S.I.N.G. E.LE.C.T.I.ON. R.E.S.U.L.T.S. A.B.E.G. O!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

The latest on Zimbabwe


Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC has won the parliamentary race, with 105 seats to Mugabe's Zanu-PF g 93. We are yet to hear the official results on the Presidential tally.
I'll keep you posted.................

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

On Robert and Morgan's Southern Rhodesia









Zimbabweans waiting for elections results. (BBC)

I've been to Zimbabwe (and hey, not just Nyamapanda and Beit Bridge) so I feel justified giving my two cents. For one, I join in everyone's grief about the state of affairs in Zimbabwe. No matter how bad it seems, I believe that things will turn around but also, I believe in some weird way, that the events that happened had to happen so the people there could map their own way for a new Zimbabwe. They had prosperity but there were a lot of cracks, my prayer, and that of many others, is that God will raise the right leader that will take them into a new era, not just one with the gloss of prosperity but an era filled with what Zimbabwe is meant to be....Go Zim, we love you!!!!