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Can I not human today, please?

Sometimes what we do for a living or the hobbies we indulge in frequently
have a way of defining the way we look at things in life. Sometimes we are aware of this and sometimes we aren’t. Sometimes it’s a good thing and sometimes it isn’t. I had both the fortune and misfortune of meeting someone a couple of days ago that taught me something about myself I wasn’t even aware of.

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A THING CALLED VICARIOUS TRAUMA

It was four years ago when I decided to set up my personal blog. It was an exciting moment for me because it meant I had finally gathered the courage needed to face my inadequacies and strengths as an aspiring writer.

I wanted to create a platform where I could interact with people that read my stories and articles that I write here and on different other platforms. I wanted to receive feedback from them, take criticism, and grow. And of course it was going to be a great place for me to share my thoughts and adventures. However, somewhere along the way, things changed. Continue reading

Week 1 at Yali: The blind spots in my leadership

It’s day 6 today and we are still counting.

I am in Midrand, South Africa attending a Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) training under the 16th Cohort. I’ll be sharing bits and pieces about what Yali is and why I am here in the coming days but for now let me tell you a bit about where my mind is at right now because, Jeez…it’s been one fully packed week so far! Continue reading

Ubuhle (download the e-book)

Africanism Today

It is with great pleasure that we present our second book Ubuhle. Ubuhle is a Zulu and Xhosa word that means beauty. While discussing themes, our creative director came up with “beauty”. We want to celebrate African beauty and because beauty is diverse and unique. We want to celebrate it this way – as a journey, as a process that ultimately unveils how beautiful we truly are; as individuals and as a people.

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Happy World Mental Health Day!

A few days ago I posted something on my Facebook wall asking friends to link me up with any mental health experts, doctors, or survivors. While many commented and provided the information I was looking for, there was only one friend that reached out to ask if I was ok. As it turns out, I needed the information for my research for one of my freelance gigs.

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Whose Hands are Stained with Vespers’ Blood?

On 4th October 2018 at 22:50 hrs, a riot broke out at the University of Zambia (UNZA) Great East Road Campus. It ended the next morning, 5th October 2018 at 05:00. The riot was a reaction to ‘apparently’ delayed student allowances which the institution, together with the government claim was not actually delayed. The Zambia Police in all their excited, angry and underpaid glory were called in to assist in controlling the situation.

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