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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Mugabe and Kirsty Coventry








A breath of fresh air to see good news from Zimbabwe. I gotta admit, inasmuch as I loathe the injustices, Zimbabwe has beautiful people and I love them. It's with pride that I post, belatedly, Kirsty Coventry's triumph, she broke the world record in the backstroke at the Olympics. even though she is living now in the Land of the Free, go girl for making Zimbabwe proud!!

pic courtesy of Reuters

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Big Brother Africa 3

This time last year Big Brother Africa 2 came out. I see-sawed between elation and utter disappointment with that season. Elation because the world could be forced to see that Africans are far from the backward homo-sapien they portray us to be and disappointment because our vices are just as bad as the rest of the world. In my idealistic brain I tend to believe we have more class when it comes to morals, ah well, no.
Last night I watched the launch of Big Brother 3. I noted that this season they have taken beauties and hunks. For the first time, Malawi is represented my a woman, Hazel Warren. for the sake of being patriotic I'll certainly root for her, I do hope she represents Malawi well, and Africa. My favorite hunk though is the Nigerian.....check them out: Hazel and Uti


Saturday, August 23, 2008

Joe Biden




















the announcement has come, Barack chose Biden. At the back of my mind, for some strange reason i half-expected Obama to choose Hillary Clinton. Ah, well, Biden it is. The journey to the White House continues...
By the way, I don't pop my head much into celebrity news but seriously people, what is this about Ellen DeGeneres wanting to wait to have children (now that she's newly married), at the age of 50? Not to mention the fact that the pregnancy will not be straight forward one (note the pun on "straight") Anyway, I've always thought Hollywood is crazy. Let me focus on Lilongwe for the time being...naf naf naf.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

RIP Mwanawasa

To a great man, May Mwanawasa rest in peace.

For Yanjanani Chingota

I have never met Yanjanani Chingota, and sadly, I will never meet him. I am friends with his brother, I go to Church with his sister, I used to go to Church with his other brother. And, I share an Uncle with him, don't ask me how. Yanjanani was found dead on Sunday morning by members of his family as they returned home from Church, he was young, he was alone, he was murdered, they found him near a bridge. I sometimes get carried away in thinking that people are basically good, even though I know that this is as far from the truth as we can ever get. Read the Book of Romans, especially Romans 3:23 and Romans 6:23. How people can live with themselves after murdering someone and dumping him in a dirty stream I will never understand.

It only reminds me of the reality of evil...and good, as I saw the women toiling, getting things ready for the funeral, the men, condoling his father, the preachers, preaching messages of salvation and men and women singing, consoling, praying, helping, feeding one another, caring...for four days, as they waited for his mother to arrive from a trip abroad. Thank You God that in the midst of turmoil, Your Son does shine. May your Name be blessed forever and may incidences such as this end. Yanjanani, I never met you but will hold your memory dear. Rest in Peace.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Of Charcoal and The Law

It all started when a truck-load of charcoal wanted to make it's way past The Law. Apparently there was a scuffle over some shady business I'd rather not discuss, the end result: three casualties and riots, teargas and smashing of windows, blown tyres and the truck's crashing into a minibus with passengers (not in that order but it all happened). It is terrible stuff to happen in this country, I neither side with The Law nor sellers of charcoal on this one. A bad situation that got worse.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Soldiers and Parliament










I've heard both sides of the story: the opposition isn't too crazy about "threats" that the government will send soldiers to close down parliament if they carry on with dilly-dallying on passing the budget. and the government says that it's not a "threat", the Police and Army are the security to the parliament grounds so they'll simply be ordered to close the gates to the parliament should time-wasting be prolonged. I don't know what is what, all I know is that we aint a military state so let Malawian peace reign supreme!!! Abeg, Abeg (notice for once I've used "Abeg" twice. Malawi, Malawi, Malawi...how many times have I called you-O, listen-O, peaceful reconciliation is not for losers-O. Oho, ndanenatu

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Bernie Mac, life and death

Bernie Mac was an artist that I took note of. He made me laugh and there was something very familiar about him that even though I'm Malawian and he was a Chicago native, it felt like he was family. I never met him, never met a star in my life, but it's so sad to hear of his passing. He passed away yesterday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital Saturday from complications related to his battle with pneumonia.

Bernie's real name was Bernard Jeffrey McCullough (see I didn't know that either), he died at 50. Are you ready for death? What do you think about Jesus? He's THE Way, THE Truth, and THE Life - even beyond the grave. See, ever realized He uses "THE", meaning people think it's polite to say, "Well, there are many ways and truths and many pursuits for life, but nah, get it right, right now. He is THE Way, THE Truth, and THE Life. Amen

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Olympics and Chinese construction workers in Malawi

I was an ardent supporter of parents who are believers in the "no TV running your life" philosophy. Well, now that the Olympic Games are here, I'm getting quite jealous of those who are getting to see all the action. I got a text from Wyoming at 4am telling me my fellow Malawians were on TV. I wasn't upset at the timing of the text, I was upset that I don't have a TV running my life. Fancy all those hours spent productively watching Beijing, sports, Beijing, sports, Beijing.....

On another note, I was quite surprised to see a truck ferrying Chinese construction workers in Lilongwe. I've heard about Chinese construction workers elsewhere in Africa but to me this was a surprising sight all the same. Am I being idealistic in hoping that they will teach us their unique skills in building and pass the construction mantle back soon after? Abeg

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Rwanda Accuses France over 1994 Genocide

I remember clearly the night my then-housemates went to watch Hotel Rwanda in Cherry Hill, NJ. At the time, I didn’t know what the movie was about. I didn’t want to know, I figured it was probably some depiction of the stereotypical African: speaking in a “click-click” language, scratching butts and living in abject poverty. I was wrong, one housemate returned from the movie and collapsed on my bed, bawling, “How could we let that happen?”

I have since watched “Sometimes in April” and developed my own observations since that night back then. Today, as a report comes out from Rwanda, a report that points an accusing finger at France;

“The French support was of a political, military, diplomatic, and logistic nature. Considering the gravity of the alleged facts, the Rwandan government asks competent authorities to undertake all necessary actions to bring the accused French political and military leaders to answer for their action before justice.” Reads the report in part. (Report is from an independent Rwandan commission that was set up to investigated France’s role in the bloodshed) credits: Reuters/Malawi Nation News.

I echo my housemate’s words, “How could Africa and the world let France do that?” Do we even care to know the truth behind the accusation? Things are not as simplistic as presented in Hotel Rwanda. Now our eyes begin to open more and we ask more and more questions with the hope that the answers will guarantee that such genocides will not be repeated elsewhere. It’s a frightening process when you realize that the story is not just, Hutu hates Tutsi, then Hutu decides to wipe out Tutsi, Tutsi tries to defend himself, 800,000 people die and many more are displaced.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Cuil

Cuil

I just love this new search engine! For one, it's new, everything new, I just love. And then when you do search, it actually gives you cool excerpts of the search finds. I searched for something not easy to find on Google, an African thing, Google et al. turned up a handful of finds but CUIL came up with more finds (I'm yet to decide whether the finds were fruitful or not). From this Hemisphere....Here's looking at you CUIL!! sorry Jeeves, can't google you much these day, might Yahoo search you or MSN search you at some point but don't you just love cool cuil?

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Yvonne Chaka-Chaka


It's a problem when one gets so used to Malaria being there and people dying of Malaria that it just becomes part of the norm. When Code, Malawi's Big Brother Africa representative last year, took up the task of fighting against Malaria, I was like, "Wack bro, why don't you crusade for the most popular things like HIV/AIDS and vulnerable children etc. " It's quite possible that more die of Malaria than AIDS and not enough funds are going into malaria research.

What I know is that new drugs are coming up all the time as the parasite becomes resistant. Although I am quite suspicious of malaria drug makers, just between you and me, I think they make a killing. After all it's only in Africa that the disease is prevalent (pardon my ignorance but I have actually never heard of it elsewhere) so I think they have a field day:

"Right, let's hit them with this SP."
"Nah, we'll expire that SP next year, is it time to pull out chloroquine again?"

Ever watched "The Constant Gardner"? Who knows, I may be way out of line, just a thought.

So to Yvonne Chaka-Chaka who came to M-Dubs (Malawi) to support the cause against Malaria, thank you for all the good you are doing. I'll let you know I don't suffer from malaria in the way other people do because my blood type is different but as a Malawian, when you suffer with Malaria so do I.
Peace.

Here is the article as written by http://www.afriquenligne.fr/

SA's Yvonne Chaka Chaka in Malawi anti-malaria campaign

Blantyre, Malawi - The South African songstress, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, is in Malawi to launch an ambitious anti-malaria campaign. United Nations Children's Fund [UNICEF] Communications Officer Kusali Kubwalo told PANA Thursday Chaka Chaka - who is UNICEF's Regional Malaria Goodwill Ambassador - would launch a two-week campaign to distribute 1.1 million insecticide-treated mosquito nets to children under the age of five.The ceremony will be held in the lake-shore district of Mangochi on Friday."The campaign seeks to distribute over one million treated mosquito nets to benefit under-five children and pregnant mothers at no cost," she said.Kubwalo said government adopted the strategy to use treated nets among children and pregnant mothers as a key tool to prevent and control malaria in the country.Malaria remains a leading cause of death of children under the age of five in Malawi.At least 18 per cent of all hospital deaths and 40 per cent of out-patient visits are due to malaria.Malaria, according to UNICEF, is responsible for anaemae among children and also contributes to absenteeism in schools.Last year, there were 4 million reported cases of malaria in Malawi, with 7,000 people dying of the disease. Blantyre - 31/07/2008Pana