• 2023 Section 1

    2023 Section 1

    I think it is safe to say that 2023 has officially begun with March now in full swing. As I wrote in my last post, consistent blogging is something that continues to elude me but the least I can do is try than not try at all. I have not posted any content since the…

  • End of Year Review

    End of Year Review

    Is your life today what you pictured a year ago? That is the writing prompt that greeted me when I started working on this piece. I have been in a state of reflection for the past few weeks as I pondered on how the year went for me. It’s amazing how today is the last…

  • MID YEAR REVIEW

    In the first post I wrote on the blog this year, I talked about my plans for this year and what I hope to achieve. I figured with the start of July, we have entered the second half of the year, I should take some time to analyze how I am doing and if I…

  • 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…

  • 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.…

  • HOW PLAY HEALED ME

    My father used to tell me tales about far away countries like Japan when I was a child, so I was always trying to imagine what these places were like and enjoyed reading about them. The BBC Focus on Africa magazine was a staple in our household and I still remember the cover with Jonas…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • PURPLE HIBISCUS

    Hello friends, so this weekend I am playing catch up with Day 8 of #WinterABC2022. I decided to go with the prompt from African Writer’s Trust: First book that ever introduced you to African Literature. You can find my previous #WinterABC2022 posts here. I can’t remember the very first book that introduced me to African…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • AFRICA IS A COUNTRY : POWER CUTS

    Hello friends, welcome to Week 2 of WinterABC2022. The theme for this week is stories of home so I have to set about to educate myself a bit more on what goes around this continent of ours. For today, I decided to just bring to the surface, the issue of power cuts and how they…

  • THE MEMORIAL TOWER

    For day 3 of WinterABC2022, I have decided to take a stab at the writing prompt from Bhala writers: Write a short story set in an African city of your choice, in which a particular landmark plays a crucial role. I decided to write about the World War Memorial Tower located in Lilongwe, Malawi. You…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 525 600 MINUTES REFLECTIONS

    By Chisomo Kalumula I have finally completed another 525 600 minutes and here is my reflection for the past few 525 600 minutes. I have learnt that I am pretty old now. My life has truly turned out differently. 10 years ago I was very young and foolish and not sure what my future looked…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • NEW QUARTER: TIME FOR SOME REFLECTION

    How is your 2022 going so far? Mine is going, lol. I am happy to report that some positive returns have popped up in other investments but financially we are still stagnant so we definitely need to work on that. One of the things that I am trying to maintain this year is momentum. To…

  • 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…

  • Of Reading and Writing

    Some of my earliest memories are of my mom teaching me math and buying me books to read. There was a science book that I did not have much interest in, there was one about a scarecrow that was mildly fascinating and there was a book about cars, which was my absolute favourite. I have…

  • 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…

  • 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?…

  • THE GREAT MALAWIAN FOODTRIP: NSANJE

    Over a year ago, I went on a work trip that took me all over Malawi, from the North to the South, during this trip, I took lots of pictures of the places we went to, the places we ate and slept at. I thought of creating a food and travel diary which could also…

  • 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…

  • 2 YEARS A BLOGGER

    So the other day I came on here after I had given  a presentation in my masters class about myself. One of the things I mentioned is that I have a blog. And to my surprise, I got a notification informing me that the blog has been alive for 2 years. It’s crazy that 2…

Website Powered by WordPress.com.