MOVING WITH A DIGITAL WORLD

One of my assignments in college required us to find out how many people in the world have access to the internet, this was in 2018 and if my memory serves me correct, it was around 40 something percent. Today, the 30th of June 2022, I googled once again how many people have access to the internet and according to datareportal.com the figure is at … Continue reading MOVING WITH A DIGITAL WORLD

UNTIL THE LION BEGINS TO WRITE, THE STORIES WOULD GLORIFY THE HUNTER

There is no happy ending here, well at least for me. He gets to go home and present me to his village as a trophy, a predator who would have devoured them. He gets to present me as proof of his manhood and ability, might even get him a wife from the look of things. But what about me? Am I not brave? Am I … Continue reading UNTIL THE LION BEGINS TO WRITE, THE STORIES WOULD GLORIFY THE HUNTER

AFRICAN SPIRITUALITY

This might probably the hardest entry I have had to do this #WinterABC2022 but I was determined to attempt it. I did a little research on African spirituality and I came across this definition from a paper by Johannes J. Knoetze. Spirituality is not always religious but is always concerned with the quest for meaning of life. When such a quest involves an explicit reference … Continue reading AFRICAN SPIRITUALITY

STORIES OF OUR WORLD: USE OF MEDIA IN BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION

For Day 16 of #WinterABC2022, I have taken the academic route and decided to post my recent class assignment which talks about using the different forms of media to enhance biodiversity conservation. For context, I am pursuing a Master of Science in Biodiversity Informatics. The rise of digital media has led to a process of change in which media systems around the world have become … Continue reading STORIES OF OUR WORLD: USE OF MEDIA IN BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION

STORIES OF OUR WORLD: CLIMATE CHANGE IN AFRICA

Earlier this year, my country and several others were hit by Tropical Storm Ana. People lost their lives, homes, and livelihood. My country’s power grid is still recovering from this storm almost 5 months later. In Malawi, the area most affected by floods and storms is the Lower Shire valley, this is a low lying area south of the country where the Shire river passes … Continue reading STORIES OF OUR WORLD: CLIMATE CHANGE IN AFRICA

STORIES OF OUR WORLD: SOCIAL MEDIA

It was in 2009 when I first heard of Facebook, I was in Form 4 and looking forward to the end of my secondary school career. Having had a computer lab introduced to our school the previous year, spending time on the internet whenever possible had become a favourite past time of our class. Stalking the previous Form 4 class which was now out in … Continue reading STORIES OF OUR WORLD: SOCIAL MEDIA

STORIES OF AWARENESS: AFRICAN WOMEN

Hello friends. Welcome to Day 13 of #WinterABC2022 and today’s prompt is from Teakisi titled African women. My thoughts on womanhood have always been jumbled and I have notes all over the place. Today, I decided to assemble a few of these and try to put forth a simple point. There is no right or wrong way to be a woman. As an African woman, … Continue reading STORIES OF AWARENESS: AFRICAN WOMEN

STORIES OF AWARENESS: THE WOMEN OF MALAWIAN MUSIC

Hello Friends welcome to Day 12 of #WinterABC2022. Today, in continuing with the theme of stories of awareness. I wanted to promote the female creatives in the Malawi Music industry. In an episode of the Something Radio podcast, a Malawian pod that focuses on the Malawian creative arts scene, a guest talked about the minimal female representation at Lifest, a musical festival that was held … Continue reading STORIES OF AWARENESS: THE WOMEN OF MALAWIAN MUSIC

STORIES OF AWARENESS : READ BLACK HISTORY

Hello friends welcome to Day 11 of #WinterABC2022. Today in keeping in line with the stories of awareness theme, I talk about how black history can inform us of the present day and its struggles. You can find my previous #WinterABC2022 posts here. One of the things I am grateful about when it comes to my American education is that it taught me to value … Continue reading STORIES OF AWARENESS : READ BLACK HISTORY

STORIES OF AWARENESS: SOME TIPS ON MANAGING MENTAL HEALTH

Hello Friends, welcome to Day 10 of #WinterABC2022. This week we are covering stories of awareness and today I want to talk about an issue I am passionate about, mental health. You can read my previous #WinterABC2022 here. In one of the three entries that I did for #WinterABC2021 I talked about how failing medical school negatively affected my mental health and how it led … Continue reading STORIES OF AWARENESS: SOME TIPS ON MANAGING MENTAL HEALTH

MY REFLECTIONS COMMEMMORATING THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ALBINISM AWARENESS

Hello Friends welcome to Day 9 of #WinterABC2022. This week we are raising awareness regarding the various issues and causes that are near and dear to our hearts and I look forward to reading what my fellow bloggers will post. 13th June is International Albinism Awareness Day and today’s prompt comes from Miss Albinism Zimbabwe Trust. I decided to write about this prompt with the … Continue reading MY REFLECTIONS COMMEMMORATING THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ALBINISM AWARENESS

AFRICA IS A COUNTRY: A BIT OF AFRICAN LITERATURE

Welcome to Day 7 of #WinterABC2022 and as we are about to finish the week, I decided to dive into the literature section of the continent. I plan on highlighting some books I have read over the years by African Authors. Continuing with the tradition of promoting African sources of information, today I am plugging Brittle Paper, one of the best sources for all things … Continue reading AFRICA IS A COUNTRY: A BIT OF AFRICAN LITERATURE

AFRICA IS A COUNTRY: FRAGILE STATES AND POLITICS

Welcome to Day 6 of #WinterABC2022 and in continuation of the stories of Africa theme. Today I decided to take a stab at African politics. In particular if democracy is something that truly works for us. Today, I will highlight another great source of African current events, The Continent and it is published weekly. You can find my previous #WinterABC2022 posts here. Sometime back I … Continue reading AFRICA IS A COUNTRY: FRAGILE STATES AND POLITICS

A CASE FOR OUR NATIVE LANGUAGES

For day 2 of WinterABC2022 I decided to talk a bit about how Malawian languages specifically Chichewa, are slowly being erased out of our daily life. Native languages are a huge link to our history and culture but we no longer see their value as English and other global languages continue to deepen their roots in our society. You can read my first WinterABC2022 post … Continue reading A CASE FOR OUR NATIVE LANGUAGES

ROLE OF AFRICAN STORYTELLERS: HOW TV TAUGHT ME MY HISTORY

What Role do African Storytellers play if any in keeping the history of the continent alive? That is one of the prompts that #Winterabc2022 has brought forth. I decided to make my first entry in this month long series by attempting to answer this question. Also it felt right to open the festival with this as the theme for the 2022 series is storytelling. I … Continue reading ROLE OF AFRICAN STORYTELLERS: HOW TV TAUGHT ME MY HISTORY

Lessons from World Earth Day 2022

Since April 22, 1970, April 22 is celebrated as World Earth Day to promote environmental protection. This past Earth day, I participated in the Lingadzi River clean up in my home city of Lilongwe. We started with collecting plastics along the river at the Lilongwe Wildlife Center before moving on to the Lilongwe Nature Sanctuary where I was part of the team that collected plastics … Continue reading Lessons from World Earth Day 2022

M265 Mentorship session: Managing Stress When Preparing for MSCE Final Exams

I volunteer as a Maphunziro265 ambassador. Maphunziro265 (M265) is a Malawian non-profit organization that mentors secondary school students in different parts of the country. You can find out more about them here. I have been a part of M265 since January 2020, right before Covid hit and schools shut down. Due to a number of factors, I had not been able to participate in a … Continue reading M265 Mentorship session: Managing Stress When Preparing for MSCE Final Exams

Of January 2022

Hey y’all! General January as known to most, has finally come to end! I have to say it’s been a pretty fast January on my end. I am back in class full time and occasionally I find myself questioning what I am doing here but after a recent class meeting with the Executive Dean, I realized that it’s a matter of figuring out where I … Continue reading Of January 2022

THE HARDER THEY FALL: DEATH, LOVE, GUNS AND REVENGE IN THE BLACK AMERICAN WEST

If I ever get to be in a movie, I would like to be the villain and how I wish I had known when they were casting for The Harder They Fall because I definitely would have sent in a tape. But then again, I would have no chance against the stellar cast that brought the movie to life. Regina King with a slight Riley … Continue reading THE HARDER THEY FALL: DEATH, LOVE, GUNS AND REVENGE IN THE BLACK AMERICAN WEST

Of 2022

Happy New Year Folks! And to those that are serious about their New Year Resolutions, congratulations you are on day 7. Meanwhile, not much has changed in my world except for more schoolwork. Yes, last September, I started a Masters in Biodiversity Informatics at the Malawi University of Science and Technology. How is it going? You may ask, “Brutal,” is all I am saying for … Continue reading Of 2022

DEAR WHITE PEOPLE VOLUME 4: A MISSED OPPORTUNITY

As I was writing this review, it occurred to me that I should just do a Dear White People (DWP) series review where I break down each episode because there is a lot I want to write about this series. So be on the lookout for DWP series soon. Warning: Spoilers ahead I will begin by stating that DWP Vol. 4 was a disappointment, there … Continue reading DEAR WHITE PEOPLE VOLUME 4: A MISSED OPPORTUNITY