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Lusungu Orphanage Donation

We had so much fun when we visited Lusungu orphanage in Chingola. The children there are cheerful, respectful and welcoming and I believe they all have a touching story to tell.

Here are some of the photos from the day we made a donation last month.

I will be able to share some more later.

You can see the full story here http://t.co/t0PtRXHrE7

Founder of Lusungu, Bishop Caddie Ngambi says a prayer

Founder of Lusungu, Bishop Caddie Ngambi says a prayer

Me and my friends handing over the clothes

Me and my friends handing over the clothes

Kanta learnt a new trick-Lifting the drum with his teeth :) can you beat that? I didn't even try lol

Kanta learnt a new trick-Lifting the drum with his teeth 🙂 can you beat that? I didn’t even try lol

FRA needs to limit interference in markets

Zambian Commodity Exchange (ZAMACE) Introduces Sunflower and ...

Maize is a crop of national importance in Zambia. It is a crucial indicator of food security and influences inflation. It is the most cultivated crop and therefore the most produced as the national food balance sheets record and easily visible anyway. It is the source of income for over two thirds of the population. Maize cultivation is encouraged by the government through the Farmer Input Support Program which is now complimented by the E-voucher.

The crop forecast survey for the 2019/2020 agricultural season reveals that maize production is forecast to increase to 3,387,469 metric tonnes from 2,004,389 metric tonnes produced in the last agricultural season reflecting an impressive increase of 69 percent. As seen in the crop forecasting survey for the 2018/2019 season, small scale holder farmers produce over 90 percent of maize in Zambia, therefore this is commendable to the 2 million plus small-scale holder farmers who do not all have access to subsidies and input support.

Normally there is procured between 300 000 and 500 00 metric tonnes, but in his address on the crop forecast survey for the 2019/2020 agricultural season, the Minister of Finance announced that FRA would procure 1 000 000 000 metric tonnes for strategic food reserves. This easily seems appealing in that farmers have difficulties accessing markets, but from another perspective, this has potential implications on market systems. Private sector participation could be influenced.

Further, FRA has set a price on maize of K110 per 50Kg bag. Considering prices of fertiliser alone in 2018 these prices may not be cost reflective and small-scale holder farmers stand to face the brunt of revenue loss. Poor prices let alone late payments which are a huge possibility due to a huge focus on debt repayments may have a bearing on the livelihoods of poor farmers given the present inflation rates. This will potentially impede agricultural led growth.

In light of the export ban, Zambia will lose out on much needed forex earning during a time of this poor exchange rate performance, inflation, debt distress, coupled with Covid-19 limitations. Further, this will limit the private sector’s capacity to take advantage of the markets in Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and Congo DRC. According to the Indaba Agriculture Policy Research (IAPRI) Zambia lost USD 270 million due to export bans in the 2016/2017 agricultural season.

Notwithstanding the food security rationale, government needs to limit its interference in markets. According to Chilundika and Mulungu’s study in 2016, while FRA’s interventions have been based on welfare concerns, they are regressive and harm a large proportion of rural households.

This year, small-scale holder farmers need to benefit sufficiently in income terms considering this bumper harvest while any irregularities in maize marketing must be closely monitored. This will contribute to poverty alleviation as well as encourage agricultural led development. Government needs to revise its position in the procurement of 1 000 000 000 metric tonnes for strategic reserves as this may potentially disrupt markets. The export ban will cost Zambia substantial forex earnings and hurt the private sector engagements in agriculture and hence this current policy intervention must be revised.

I’m going to call her Peace

She held in her arms the most precious thing she had ever beheld and instantly felt an involuntary transmission of fullness and warm fuzzies transpire within her. Her mouth neatly folded into a smile as her eyes sent a copious amount of tears down her face. She had no idea of her capability to feel this much, but she had an idea that her life had just changed forever. She looked up into the ceiling for a moment and smiled.

“Peace! I’m going to call her Peace.” Keisha said in her mind.

She was in incredible elation that had quickly absorbed the memories of the pain she felt a few moments ago. She was the only one responsible in a situation she had never asked for, but she remained indifferent to the status quo and had decided to be proactive and overcome her struggle. What was, was and she had realized she could do nothing about it except to pick herself up and live.

She felt a sense of peace. She felt alive, she knew love in a more refined way- to meet a new person and have them in your heart instantly. The past few months were a dark cloud. It had been a real struggle.

A number of months ago….

The weather that afternoon was horrendous. Sweat dripped off people’s bodies as though tiny water falls had been planted on them. Perhaps it was time for humanity to pay for neglecting the environment. It was a fitting rehearsal for anyone going to hell. On a typical afternoon like this one, you really had to be cautious with how you approached people or you would be greeted by their ticking time bombs.

Fortunately for everyone, the local supermarket, 24/7 remained convenient. They lived up to their name and on such a day they could certainly come to your rescue. You could always get a cold bottle of water, ice cream, a cold beer, a cold drink or a smoothie. After a long day at school, Keisha was here for the latter.

“Here for the regular?” she heard a familiar voice say.

“Uncle Ash” she exclaimed as she turned around while beaming. “You bet.”

“Knock yourself out”

She always enjoyed the customer service whenever she was here. This was the only business place one could feel like family. As she was leaving the store, she suddenly grew a dull countenance, she had just seen Raymond. He had seen her see him and had started towards her.

“How many times will I tell you I am not interested?” she shot as he now stood within her proximity.

“Good afternoon.” He replied with a big smile that revealed his nice white teeth.

“Well you and the heat just sucked out everything good about the afternoon, now kindly excuse me” she said and started to walk away.

“I know Keisha, its getting a little too much and I am sorry, but you just drive me crazy. I think about you all the time.” he chased after her.

“I don’t care, that’s your problem” she retorted “It is too hot, do you not have places to be except make a woman’s life miserable with your presence?”

His big smile returned like she had said something nice to him “Listen, please lets hang out just once this weekend and if you do not like it, I promise to never bother you again” he pleaded with her.

She stopped for a minute and took a sip from her smoothie. “Fine, this weekend and that’s it, Raymond .” she said

“Thank you.” he said in disbelief.

If only Keisha got a dollar for every time Raymond made his advances, she would probably buy the Iphone 11. She was in the least impressed by his persistence and she was truly determined to send his advances to the grave by accepting to hang out with him so he could bother her no more, but perhaps she should have realized saying no was enough. At nineteen she had never had a boyfriend and was no stranger to the proverbial societal comment of  “how are you this pretty and single?” She was fired to end Raymond’s advances this weekend, but what she did not realize was that her life was about to change forever.

When that weekend came, it was a master of irony. It started out so well. Raymond was a real gentle man and he made her feel so comfortable and special. He had picked her up and had brought her some flowers.

They went to the local pub and grill for some food. She enjoyed the greek olive burger a little more than anyone else, but what she never expected to enjoy too was the conversation with Ray. He was an expert at conversing with people so much so that she had opened up in a short time.

“I like Whitney Houston as much as the next guy, but Aretha Franklin is the greatest female musician of all time” Ray argued

“Fair enough, but you cannot leave Tina Turner out of the equation” she retorted

They had talked about everything, debated a few points and laughed about a number of things. It was so strange how she easily related with someone she had loathed the past few months. Everything occurred so smoothly. She was enjoying it all. “Perhaps, I should have been less mean to him” she thought.

“Listen, Keisha.” Ray suddenly said in a serious tone. “I have liked you for as long as I have known, and I am really sorry for all the bother I cost you, but I just wanted a chance to get to know you and I want to confess that this is the best day of my life, so thank you”

Her eyes lit up. She couldn’t use her voice in the moment. After what seemed like a minute she said “I honestly do not know what to say”

“You do not have to say anything, I just wanted to let you know” he said softly and smiled at her. “Now off we go”

They decided to end their day with  a stroll in the park. Her hand in his, his in her’s. She had no experience of this, but this was something she had seen in movies and was happy to see. He smelled so nice and she appreciated his sense of responsibility and his ability to  plan.

“I just want to say I am so sorry for being mean to you before” she said

“Do not ruin the moment” he joked and put his arm around her shoulders.

Suddenly three boys about Ray’s age stood in their way.

“Is this your girl?” the first boy asked Ray

“So you can’t respond because you are with your hoe?” the second one said in a mocking way

Like a flash of lightening Ray released what seemed like an involuntary punch to the second boy’s mouth sending two of incisors flying out. At the sight of this, the other two boys jumped on Ray and beat him until he seemed unconscious.He lay in a pool of blood. Keisha had been screaming the whole time, but no one seemed to come to their rescue let alone heard her cries. The boys shifted their attention to her. She too was left in blood, not that she was beaten.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Piki Piki Dethrones Lituation: Top 10 Best Performing 2018 Zambian Music Videos on Youtube.

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It is a pretty rare sight to find an article like this one. Most of the times bloggers have bashing or controversial headlines about the Zambian Music industry and mostly for clout. This leaves progression buried and uncelebrated. Also, most often, nobody is willing to do the work of the Central Statistics Office ‘pro bono’ and as a result  a lot of interesting occurrences remain in thick shadows.

So hello everyone and welcome to Aquila Speaks. I may not be a big deal right now, but I have been in this business for over 6 years now. I am so passionate about my country, Zambia and its evolution. I pray to God that I can one day substantially contribute to the progression of our nation in the near future.

I am also really interested in numbers, I don’t think there is a month that goes by without googling someone’s net worth, a country’s GDP, capital of companies etc. I also pay particular attention to the number of streams/views of songs and videos on Platforms like YouTube and of course today I present to you the Top 10 best performing Zambian Music videos from 2018. To those that remember, I recently did a thread on twitter about the same and I decided to do a blog post. Please note that the bench mark date is as of today March 11 2019. So here we go:

  1. Afunika – [ PIKI-PIKI SKIRT ]

    On February 8th 2019, I did a thread on twitter and you will remember that Piki Piki came in second to Lituation. However, the growth rate of Piki Piki Skirt’s YouTube views has been so amazing that today it is number one. On the 8th, the video had 355K views and As of today, the Video is set to cross over to 600k in only 3 months.  During this period we see a growth rate of 68%. I can smell a Million views by the year end and if it does, this is a milestone that deserves an award. Congratulations Afunika.

  2. Lituation- Slapdee ft Patoranking and Daev

    This is one of the most beautiful and best directed videos  to come from 2018.  It is also one of the Top 3 songs from 2018, no doubt, depending on the judge. Slap Dee delivers appearances from Patoranking himself.  When initially posted, the video enjoyed a  robust growth rate of views and shot to half a million views in less than 6 months. It stands at 508K views as of today and keeps growing. I hope to see it hit a Million Views soon.

  3. Finally- Yo Maps ft Macky 2

    The video is featured on two channels; PICKWAP TV and ZMB (Zambian Music Blog). I will, however, go with the one on ZMB, which is a more official platform. On the 8th this video had 323K views and today has 481K views. The video boasts of a 49% growth rate during this time period. The video has done really great given that it has only been on YouTube less than 3 months

  4. Umpatefye- T-Sean

    Standing at 364,854 views today, the video stands reflects a growth rate of 17% since the 8th of February. It dethrones Macky 2’s Umutima from fourth position.

  5. Umutima Wandi- Macky 2 ft Ephraim & Njamba

    Dropping to number 5, Umutima is a beautiful song  by the Kopala Swag boss that a lot of  Zambian Christians can jam to, I mean Macky 2 brings you Ephraim and Njamba‘s verse is really great. It stands at 356K views today.

  6. Bend down-Rich Bizzy ft Dj Cent

    This video has performed incredibly. It has  exhibited a growth rate of 52% since the eighth of February. Today it has 312K views.

  7. EFFORT- DRIMZ ft YO MAPS

    This is definitely one of the best songs to come from 2018. Shout out to Drimz for this one. Evidently, the video is performing really well on YouTube. Stood at 180K on the 8th of February and 267K as of today.

  8. TENGA- KALADOSHAS

    This is as well one of most beautiful and well directed videos from last year, but knowing Kaladoshas’ repetior, this was expected. On the 8th of February, the video stood at 167K and today stands at 218K, proving that people are really still enjoying the hit.

  9. WALITWISHIBA IFWE- TOKOTA BOYS & 408 EMPIRE

    Of course the new school wave players feature at number 9. Their video stands just below Kaladoshas with 212K, moving from 188K as of 8th February. 408 empire have hit the airwaves and given the country a new contagious vibe that everyone seems to be enjoying.

  10. Burna Ft Jemax & Y Celeb FWEDEDE Dance

    One of the most happening songs in Copperbelt and many Parts of Zambia. The video stands at 169K views as of today. It reflects a growth rate of 48% since February 8th. The song is still spreading.

Conclusion!!!!
Growth rate of views is accelerating at a healthy speed over the years. With investments in diligent marketing, hit songs will be able to reach over 700K to 1M views in 6 months or less. The future of Zambian music is brighter than ever before.  It is also important to note that some relatively neat videos are being delivered, I still hope more investments can be made into the industry so much better videos are produced. I still feel Thought of you by Mic Burner is still  the best Zambian music video till date. I urge Zambians to be supporters of the local industry as opposed to always enjoying what is outside more. There is so much Talent is Zambia and before you know it some one outside will steal our dances and make them popular to the world. So it is upon the people in charge of the industry to set policies that will ensure that the train keeps moving forward. Lastly I note the lack of female presence  on the lists, hopefully this year we  get to see more of them

You can see the twitter thread of 8th February, Here

Also I have created a YouTube Playlist for these videos, so simply click here to view them.

 

Thank you all for reading.

Subscribe to my YouTube channel here here follow me on twitter here. God bless.

Disclaimer: Some Statistics may not be accurate(no body’s perfect), but all in all, I have really tried my very best to deliver what I can obtain as per what YouTube shows as of today and 8th February 2019.

 

Dear Zambian Youth

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Dear ZW,

Compliments of the season. I hope this letter finds you in great health and …*laughter*. When was the last time you wrote or received a letter? Oh that’s right, you probably don’t remember and if you do, it’s ages ago. Boarding school people of 2010 and earlier should really relate. Hillcrest, Ibenga, Lwitikila, Fatima, Banani, Ndola Technical, St Mary’s, St Paul’s ,Simba, Njase, Lwengu, Kasisi, are we here? Remember the thrill of receiving a letter, especially from your boyfriend or girlfriend? The excitement it brought when you would make yourself comfortable just to read those words. Do not get me wrong, I do appreciate the modern days of instant messaging, but you will agree how special receiving a letter made us feel. The 2000s really missed out. 🙂

Anyway, I decided to do a letter for every Zambian youth. Ironically, it’s not in a sealed envelope to be delivered to your doorstep by Zambia Postal Services, it’s hosted on a blog site, to be delivered to your phone. At this point I realise that even if this post went viral, I wouldn’t reach many other youths because they have no access to the internet, let alone a smart phone. So my friend, count yourself to be blessed.

My friend, I understand reading is boring, but just stick a little longer and if you may, please share this link to the next youth. I will really appreciate. I just have a few points to share with you and I’m done.

I always say there is so much history to be made in Zambia by us the youths because a number of ventures remain untapped and a lot of irregularities like inequality, corruption, intolerance, etc are yet to be rectified. In short there is a lot of fields with empty tittle slots for first Zambian because, well as you understand the proverbial, we are backward in myriads of areas.

For example, the Zambian sound is yet to be sold to the world.  Young musicians have a better chance to be the next Wizkid in the near future because a number of factors are changing to their favor with time and also because they are creative. We are yet to see a National Team that will qualify for the world cup, let alone win it. We are yet to see Zambians making a break through in Scientific and economic research. We are yet to see  Zambians building Multinational Corporations and covered on Forbes.

We are yet to see a Zambia where eating healthy, efficient transportation, dressing well, efficient and affordable health care and WiFi will not be a privilege, but a right at least for the majority.  

I am convinced that if there is any real and long term change to be made, be it social, economical or political, it will be instigated by you. You and I are a generation of potential. We are hopefuls, dreamers. We see a lot of things differently, we have better solutions to problems, we are more sophisticated, more exposed and most important to note, we have grown in the errors our parents have made in our nation  and so our hearts scream change and therefore we badly want to become it. We are going to make great leaders as men and women.

The Zambian youth of today have powerful ideas, they are exposed, they are very tolerant, they do not see tribe, they believe in women empowerment, they care about the future and, they appreciate the arts, they are creators. We have people with interests in Science, Economics, Engineering, Medicine, Politics, Photography, Music, Modelling & Fashion, Developers, people with T.v shows on YouTube. They will create great things and they will make great leaders in the future. It’s all evident in some recent occurrences. The football level exhibited by the under 20 football team is something new, the work of the current Kitwe Mayor, activism of people like Brian Bweembya (B-Flow), the applicants for the EMpower 100 and many more underground creatives and young Zambian leaders around the world who never see the light of publicity.

Dear friend, to be a part of this history creation will not be accidental. You have to start now, with the first thing being the change in mindset. To prevent Cholera, you first need to clean your environment. Similarly, you need to rid your mind off thoughts that impede evolution.  You will need to eliminate negativity, be kind,and most of all to be able to see yourself as a person of value.

When you realise your self-worth, you will never allow anyone to take advantage of you and you will never allow yourself to settle for less.

Today we need to realise as Zambian youths that we have a future to lead. You owe it to the motherland to contribute something that will allow for the growth of our country. Where our country will stand tomorrow is highly dependent on how much we evolve today.

However, it breaks my heart to see youths indulge in activities of self destruction.  Youths studying abroad  are forgetting their purpose there and screwing up great opportunities that took enormous parental sacrifice. In the country, youths have found alcohol to be a great sport and are wasting time by involving themselves in illicit activities with unemployment being their favorite scapegoat. It is time we looked less to the government and made things happen on our own. A lot of success stories came from unemployment. It is all about trying.

If you will have to sale charcoal to support yourself, do it. Do not be ashamed of anyone. Yes you will say, ”Aquila, you want to make it sound easy”. Of course, mate nothing is easy. The world is hard,  but with a positive mind and resilience, you are unstopable. Kindly look up mother to son by Langston Hughes.

Learn to save, learn to invest, do not waste money to impress anyone. The most important person is yourself, my friend. Nothing matters more than your happiness. Be patient for your time, do not let Instagram posts put you in unnecessary  pressure, people just show you what they want you to see. We are all taking Ls. Be humble, learn to love, give more and take less. Read more and Spend less time debating whether or not Modric deserved the Ballon D’or, or if your crush will like you back . Begin to transform yourself into a valuable human being who will contribute greatness on our quest to see a developed Zambia.

I am a firm believer in ”nothing is impossible”. As we go into the new year, I wish you financial break through and your dreams transformed into existence and mostly your happiness. Let us be the better politicians, parents, clergy, and generally citizens we hope to see. Leave toxic associations and habits and see your level elevated.

Yours faithfully,
Aquila Ng’onga
Fellow Youth

 


Thankful to all the youths  below for accompanying this post and making it beautiful and many thanks to the beautiful Bwalya Mapesa for being the article cover model. You can follow her on instagram by clicking here and her blog site by clicking here

  1. Kabwe Mponda ”Life unfolds wherever you are, and now you’re here. Live and make the most of every opportunity”

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2. Natasha Ng’onga. ‘Do something today, that your future self will thank you for”.

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3.  Samuel Chibwe “Always be at your best in all that you do and keep the same energy, because what you give out is what you get back from this world more often than not”samg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Dalitsotwirrabud

5. Jane Mvula ”We should work hard, start our businesses we shouldn’t depend on the government and other people, let’s not wait to be employed we have to utilize the little knowledge we have to develop our country. Imiti ikula empanga”jane

6. Sandie Mulungushi Dreams do come true, you can win if you want to.

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7. Abednego Chiyesu ”The moment we keep looking behind is the moment we continue remaining behind”

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8. Nicoletta Katulwende ( Journalism and communication Student) ”Tomorrow is never certain.. so Carpe diem (seize the day)”

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9.  James Millerjamesmiller

10. Bwalya Mapese “If you want to see change start with yourself and don’t let your current circumstances dictate or define you because even they change.”bwalya

11.  Tyson What ever you can do ,do it with excellence ”gerald

12. Tsion “trust yourself, you know more than you think you do”tsi tsi

13. Simwenya Simwaka (IT officer) ”Always stay positive and work hard while at it, it’s starts in the mind”tiwwa

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15. Sarah Agape Phiri ”Be negative about Negativity”sarah

16. Joel Mfune The youths need to reanimate their unleashed potential into a productive one.

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17. Bwalya

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18. Emmanuel Simusokwe ”we need to put in much in our Education for it is an investment in knowledge that pays off”

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The World: Some countries are equal, but some are more equal than others.

In high school I studied English Literature. We did analysis of a couple of books including the Government Inspector, Things Fall Apart and Animal Farm. In retrospect, I feel my level of analysis was yet to grow. I noticed this when I went further with the subject at Advanced Level where I did Shakespeare, A passage to India, Pride and Prejudice and others, well including a couple of poems, I was particularly fond of Cambodia by James Fenton perhaps because of how clear it painted the need to put the guns down.

Anyway, on my summer holiday back home, I recently got a hold of my old Animal Farm book. When I read it afresh, I saw it in a completely different light. I was able to relate a lot of parts in the book to what is happening today. In its simplicity, there is a myriad of points the book has tackled, George Orwell was easily a genius. All of us are very much alive in this book and anyone who claims they aren’t is very likely to be in denial.

To begin with, when Old Major begins to articulate his vision and the status quo, I feel his audience is African countries. “Now, comrades, what is the nature of this life of ours? Let us face it: our lives are miserable, laborious, and short.”

He goes on to say, “But is this simply part of the order of nature? Is it because this land of ours is so poor that it cannot afford a decent life to those who dwell upon it? No, comrades, a thousand times no! The soil of England is fertile, its climate is good, it is capable of affording food in abundance to an enormously greater number of animals than now inhabit it.”

Today we could ask similar questions. It is a no brainer that Africa is the richest continent with unimaginable resources; diamonds, gold, sugar, salt, petroleum, copper, uranium, zinc, woods, tropical fruits and the listing could go on and on. However, the average inhabitant has a miserable, laborious and short life. Why is a continent full of potential under backward conditions? Are the resources not enough to eradicate poverty? Why are we constantly seeking foreign aid? Are we not capable of mobilising ourselves to effect change?

Indeed globalization has brought remarkable results that have benefited many countries. Countries now favor opening up since seeing the importance of free trade. All this is meant to be a non- zero-sum game and ideally it is beautiful, but in reality it isn’t. It is dangerous, it is scary, and it poses drastic threats to the future- the future of Africa. Tax evasion and avoidance, dumping, corruption, price fixing, stealing resources and the list goes on. The process has made some countries to become ‘more equal than others more than it has ever been.

According to Honest Accounts 2017,about $162B was pumped into Africa and $203B left. This shows $42B was extracted in profits. This may look like fair profit, but it includes tax evasions, corruption, illegal fishing, hunting, and trade, forcing poor conditions on local labor to cut costs among many others. Multinational companies pay very little tax to our governments who only benefit marginally. The taxation policies are not exactly designed by Africans, but by Western governments and these policies advocate for lowering taxes.

Old major goes on to say “Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals. He sets them to work, he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving, and the rest he keeps for himself. Our labour tills the soil, our dung fertilises it, and yet there is not one of us that owns more than his bare skin.”

Africa is a pawn in the hands of man which is the Western world, and recently, China. In what is supposed to be fair exchange, some countries are benefiting way more than others. The aid, loans, grants, donations and other funding keeps us in a poverty cycle. It is a marvel African leaders continue to ignore Dambisa Moyo said. It is so sad how we are giving a lot of our power to these countries. The future is really scary if we do not wake up. We can’t keep being fooled by these countries .We need a revolution.

In this daylight robbery, we cannot overlook the role a few of our very own brethren play. The elite few simply allow wealth to flow out of Africa and this way they become wealthy at the expense of their own blood. Judas Iscariot surely never died on that tree. If those with authority and in positions to make it hard for our wealth to be stolen lost their greed and realized they have a future to protect, we could have solved a huge puzzle on our way to development. We can’t keep obtaining bribes, gifts and other short term benefits just to unlock access for foreigners to steal our land, our minerals, and our children’s future. Our politicians need to truly have love for the people by eliminating corruption and by putting us first. Even a maniac like Trump puts his people first. We can blame foreigners all we like, but the responsibility remains in our hands. Our leaders need to exercise better leadership by negotiating better deals, ensuring transparency and accountability when aid is received, better management and distribution of resources so that women and vulnerable in society can be able to benefit. Our governments must avoid contracting debt from creditors who offer shady terms that could easily leave our backs against the wall and possibly lead to state capture. We need to curb corruption at all levels of society. The onus is majorly upon us.

George Orwell also brings Moses in the picture. Moses represents organized religion and the typical sermon of the flowery place on the other side. Today religion is one of the factors why we can’t progress as Africa. Fake prophets, and money centered religious leaders are reaping from the poor while imparting laziness and irrationality into their heads through dogma. A lot of people want the easy way out and will not take action to change or develop their current poor state when they are totally capable. They would rather pray. The power to change lies in everyone and God has ensured that in all of us.

We get to see how the pigs change a lot of rules to justify a lot of their wrong deeds, but because animals, e.g. boxer, won’t read or pay attention to what existed prior, they are blind to see the amendments. Also they are gullible. Today a lot are bound in the chains of ignorance. They do not know exactly what to stand for. They will support a political party like a football team at the expense of their children’s future. They have no idea what the constitution or the fundamentals that would show how valuable they are and what rights they possess. I wouldn’t blame them though, their woes are circumstantial. Boxer is the uneducated poor man on whom politicians thrive daily. He will sale his vote for temporary pleasure. Tell me this is does not exist today.

Even the educated that do not stand up against the wrong are as good as boxer. Former late Zambian President Michael Sata used to say the greatest cowards are the educated. At least boxer is given a little leeway because he is ignorant, but the educated who know how they should be treated are expected to protest when the government takes advantage of them or asks them to pay a funny tax. The attitude to fight for our inheritance has died out. The true government is the people and we constantly forget that.

We could go on and on with the symbolism in animal farm, but the most important thing is to realize our position and act. It is for Africa to stand up and realize that there will never be Africa if we keep selling it for coins. We could also hope to see the light in Africa- to eliminate the backwardness we suffer from and to stop tolerating neo-colonialism. We can change the game, the power has always been with the people.

A BEAUTIFUL TRAGEDY (PART TWO)

 

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The following night was nothing short of excitement. Everyone at Club Quila glowed with high spirits. The local football club had just won the league and everyone was there to celebrate. The elation in the building was unbelievable and furthermore world renowned DJ Jake was in town. He wickedly handled the music while sending legs, waists, bottoms and hands in the most spectacular and unimaginable directions. The patrons were vividly possessed by the DJ. The house was on fire that could terminate Thanos.

However, Mike was indifferent to the status quo. He was on a mission, a mission entirely based on faith. What if she didn’t show up? What if she didn’t show up ever? What if she actually did? His heart raced at the thoughts. He was, however, comforted by the presence of his friends who he had brought with him in case things went south. The pictures of the dark bearded built were still fresh in his mind and his friends, well his friends never presented him a dull moment.

The waitress walked up to their table. His friend, Leo was already flirting with her. Leo was famous for this kind of thing. He was a natural at the game. Mike and his friends were regulars at club Quila. No sooner had the waitress left their table than their table was flooded with bottles. Mike simultaneously took his first sip of Heniken and begun to scan the area for possible traces of his target, but with no warning some one obstructed his view.

He looked up and it was none other than Silvia. Silvia was as pretty as they came. She had a beautiful smile, that could subliminally glue your eyes to her face. They had hooked up a few weeks ago, but Mike had not been returning any of her calls after. His other friend, Jack had called him a douche bag.

“Why are girls always choosing the wrong guys? Why won’t they choose me? ” , Jack had jokingly complained.

Silvia quickly moved to sit next to Mike and further planted a kiss on his cheeks.

“I miss you”, she said

“I miss you too”, he lied.

Mike concealed his agitation because it was in this very moment that he needed no distraction that he had spotted Tracy. He had to find a way to escape Silvia. Silvia was becoming too comfortable with him and unnecessarily clingy. Tracy should not have to see him in this state. All his friends became aware of the situation, the mission was getting jeopardised. Mike was thinking hard.

After 5 minutes the waitress reappeared at their table.

“Mike, the manager would like to see you” she said.

“Guys we have to meet Phill at Chicago’s now, Mike, you will catch us later, Silvia come with us” , Leo suddenly spoke after her.

Mike left the table while everyone else started off for Chicago’s. He waited a few minutes to make sure they had all left. Then he came back into the club. He knew exactly where to find her. There she was. He froze for a minute at her beauty. She was the true epitome of
enchantment. He smelt the mystery and sweet danger, but he was ready to risk it all. He had met myriads of them, but to him this one was the 8th wonders of the world. She was even more beautiful than she was last night.

“Hello” , he said.

“I’m sorry have we met? ” she replied with a straight face.

He looked shocked.

“I’m just pulling your leg. Where have you hid your girlfriend?” she laughed

She was perfect in every way. Her smile accelerated her perfection. He swallowed the moment with satisfaction.

“So you have been stalking me all this time”, he replied

“I’m not that crazy” she chuckled.

“Do you want to get out of here?” He asked.

“Alright” she shrugged

 


Thanks for reading. You can find part one here


 

ZAMBIAN FASHION DESIGNER BASED IN CHINA.

1) It’s an honour to have you on Aquilaspeaks kindly go ahead and give a brief introduction of yourself.

1. I’m Gabriella Amy Malonda commonly known as Amy or Gabby depending on which country I’m in. LOL. Proudly Zambian.

2) How did you find yourself in this field?

2. I’ve always loved the arts as a kid I just didn’t know which side of it until I started my journey to self discovery.

3) Did you have any doubts in yourself when you just begun?

3. Yes of course! I thought I was losing my mind to want to start a clothing brand with $50.

4) Do you consider yourself a Zambian designer or an international designer?

4. Well I’m Zambian and live in China what would that mean? 😂😂😂 Zambians barely even buy my clothes. So international it is.

5) I am very aware that you are currently based in China. How do you use this location to advantage if there are any at all?

5. I live in a country where possibilities are endless it’s just a matter of being resourceful and open minded.

6) You were some time last year featured on CTGN. How did that experience play for you?

6. It played out well actually. Nothing better than getting a little Recognition in a foreign land. They say be the change you want to see. And I want to do that in this industry.

7) State your top 3 designers and which designer inspires you the most and why?

7. Fenty( Rihanna), Balmain( Olivier Rousteig) & David Tlale… they all correspond with my personality, a little bit of elegance, sass and fierce.

8) Your clothing line was displayed at the recent Shanghai black fashion week. How would you describe that experience?

8. That Experience was Amazing, loved every bit of it. Nothing sweet comes without sweat right ? It paid off the sleepless nights.

9) Is the Zambian designing field progressing profusely? What would you say about it?

9. It really is progressing but at a slow rate and that’s because designers need to be on their toes and do more research in their field as well as encourage Zambians to get with the program. Fashion is what you buy, Style is how you wear it.

10) How has been the response from Zambia in terms of support and purchasing your products?

10. It’s Slow, Zambians don’t like to support each other. They support the hype! What’s happening right now! Kinda vibe.

11)Would you mind sharing some of your highest and Lowest moments in your career?

11. When I Great creative block, it’s gets really frustrating.. it’s like a doddling like a child with no direction.. 😂! Highest hasn’t occurred yet! Still got lots to do. I’m still a new born to this industry

12) What would your words be to young girls back in Zambia?

12. Young girls in Zambia. Start being more independent, find your yourself. Discover your purpose and fulfil it not matter the career path.

13) Lastly, where can we buy your merchandise?

13. I currently don’t ship out of China. But can be purchased from me directly. I don’t mind sharing my contact information.

AquilaSpeaks wishes to thank Amy for her time to stop by our blog. Wish you all the best in your future career pursuits. Hope all the readers are inspired and especially many young women out there as this post was hugely centred on woman empowerment. You can reach Amy for more information as per the information given below. Great weekend Abena Zambia. 👍

ALGHALIB: THE RISING NIGERIAN SENSATION

1) Give us a description that best describes you.

I’m basically a super-dupa passionate musician. I love my craft and take my time with it. I’m a top energetic performer. I’m Always messing around (haha I play too much). I love making people happy and I love my Gyal dem! Lol but most importantly, I love making music and that’s what gives me the most joy.

2) How long have you been an artiste?

Well damn to be honest I would say for about 8 years now, even though i just took it to like the next level this past 2 years or thereabout, but yeah, it’s around that time.

3) How would you describe the Nigerian Music industry?

I would say still very much developing, even though we currently have arguably the most prominent music industry in Africa due to the amount of exports we have, with the likes of Wizkid, Davido, Burna Boy, Tekno, Runtown, Mr Eazi and so on who can be referred to as international acts. However, we still have a lot more to improve on in terms of structure, things like royalties, revenue distribution, streaming services and so on.

4) What Nigerian artist inspires you the most and can you list your top 5 African Artists?

4. Wizkid, just because he has broken almost every barrier in African music there is to break and is making history. My top 5 would be Wizkid, AKA, Davido, Burna Boy & Nasty C

5) Are you familiar with the Zambian music industry?

Yes a bit, I’ve always been interested in the Zambian market because my vision isn’t just to be a Nigerian superstar, I also see myself as an African superstar so wherever I go as much as I’m representing Nigeria, I’m representing Zambia and other African countries as well. I also listen to Zed hip hop mostly and sometimes Zed beats because the sound is somehow infectious and it’s almost similar with afro-beat in a way so I can very much relate. I’m looking forward to performing in Zambia soon, maybe one of these days I’ll be billed to perform at the R&G Oktoberfest, if it still holds or be nominated at the Kwacha Music Awards haha. That would be lovely.

6) Would you be interested in collaborating with Zambian artists?

Yes of course, I’ve listened to the likes of Jay Roxx, Ruff Kid, Cleo ice queen, Bobby East, Chef 187, Muzo, Roberto, Rich Bizzy and so many more and I love their music. I would also like to work with some of the producers who I’ve heard some of their works like Raydo, Killa Beats, TK, Ben Blazer, DJ Mzenga Man and so on because I know we’ll create magic! Haha.

7) where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In the next 5 years I hope to have taken my career to an international level and create a platform for other upcoming artistes to grow. Having multi platinum records, I also see myself touring the world, and performing at gigs like coachella, the made in America festival, Wireless, headlining my own show at the O2 Arena in UK and just pushing the culture forward and representing for Africa big time. And I believe I will achieve this by Gods grace.

8) You headlined a concert where Skepta and Wizkid have performed. Can you describe that feeling?

I headlined my own concert – The GHALIBONAWAVE Live Experince at the same venue Skepta and Wizkid held the BBK homecoming concert just two months ago. Mine was like a week before though, but then I found out they did their show after mine and that just gave me some sort of encouragement and moral boost because it just made me feel like I could achieve whatever goal I set for myself. If I could hold a successful concert with no sponsorship, no label, no commercial funds, just myself and my team putting everything together at the same place my idols did, then the sky is my limit. And I’m gonna reach it.

9) What is your dream venue for you to perform?

My dream venue would be either the O2 Arena in UK or maybe Wembley stadium. But I think i would go with the O2 arena.

10) Do you think the Nigerian music industry is the best in Africa presently?

Honestly, No. I would say it’s the South African music industry because they have a more structured industry whereby their royalty system and Music distribution system works better, as well as the quality of the music and music videos they produce as well. Not to forget the quality of their performances, take for example the Cassper Nyovest Up concerts, they were crazy! And so many other music festivals over there that I watch. So yeah you can tell their industry is very much developed. Nigeria is still growing though and we are doing very well for ourselves, we usually have the highest music revenue earnings each year and we invest a lot in our music as well, so I guess it’s just a matter of time before we become a force to be reckoned with.

11) Which international artists would you want to collaborate with?

I would love to work with ASAP Rocky, Chris Brown, DVSN, 6lack, Rihanna, Bryson Tiller, Emeli Sande and so many other people, the list is endless.

12) What are some of the challenges you face as a Nigerian Artiste?

I would say promotion. It’s very hard to promote your songs to the level you desire due to what is popularly referred to as the payola system which requires a lot of funds. It’s very difficult (though not impossible) for you to get airplay, blog features, etc without having money. Talent can only take you so far, money and connections are really the most important factor, especially for someone like me who isn’t signed to any major label, I invest my own funds into my music because I’m signed to my own label, so I’m in charge of all expenses.

13) Wizkid or Davido?

Hahaha I really can’t choose one over the other. I love them both in different ways and for different reason. It’s hard for me to choose. Even though I might be more inclined to choose Davido because I know him personally and we talk, he’s like a big brother and mentor to me and I appreciate him a lot. But both of them are Legends and I love them.

14) Lastly, what would you be your words to Zambian artists?

I would say have a vision, stay focused, and keep grinding! We are all one at the end of the day. We are doing this for Africa. Let’s all just work together to push the culture forward and make as much impact as we can with little amount of time we have on this earth.

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Alghalib is set to have a tour in Zambia this year and all Zambian musicians who could like to do collaboration are free to contact me. His EP is set for June. YOU CAN LISTEN TO ALGHALIB’S MUSIC here .

THE FUTURE OF ZAMBIAN FOOTBALL: Hello Mubanga Vwalika

AquilaSpeaks: What are your full names and how old are you?

Mubanga: Before we start, I believe this is worth mentioning. I have a twin brother, who is also an amazing football player and everywhere I’ve been for football he’s been there too. Like everywhere! His name is Mwiza Bellington Vwalika. Any way my names are Mubanga Anthony Vwalika, I am 20 years old.

AquilaSpeaks: Where are you currently based?

Mubanga: Shanghai, China.

AquilaSpeaks: What club do you play for?

Mubanga: China Origin

AquilaSpeaks: What sparked the interest in football?

Mubanga: My parents took us for so many activities, we had way too much energy when we were young. But it was a special moment the first time we stepped on a football pitch.

AquilaSpeaks: What challenges do you face as an international footballer or just as a footballer in general?

Mubanga: Time management, staying healthy and discipline.

AquilaSpeaks:Which Zambian football legend or footballer do you look up to?

Mubanga: It’s always been Kalusha Bwalya, he really pushed the bar for Zambian football. But right now it’s the entire Zambia U20 football team and in particular, Patson Daka. Really good footballer, really nice and hard working and guy. Really amazing what they achieved last year collectively and individually (for Patson).

AquilaSpeaks: What are some of the proudest moments in your career?

Mubanga: Playing football in Europe. I have played in youth tournaments like the prestigious Gothia cup (Gothenburg, Sweden), Dana cup (Hjorring, Denmark) , Paris world games (Paris France), Valencia cup (Valencia Spain), Kommit youth challenge (Barcelona, Spain) to mention a few. The one that takes the cake though is playing for the U-17 national team, and to do that with my twin brother was all the more special.

AquilaSpeaks: What is your dream team to one day play for in future?

Mubanga: It is my dream to play for the Zambia national team and help qualify for our first ever word cup. We deserve to be there. Also to play among the Elite in the big European leagues.

AquilaSpeaks: How would playing for the national team change things for you?

Mubanga: As something I’ve always dreamed about since I was really young, it would firstly bring huge satisfaction not just to me, but the village that it took to make that happen. Secondly, it would be great exposure, only the best get to play for the national team and so it would open doors.

AquilaSpeaks: Ronaldo or Messi?

Mubanga: Messi is a remarkable once in a generation type of player, but Ronaldo all day for me.

AquilaSpeaks: Lastly, what words of advice would you give to young Zambians like you who are pursuing big dreams?

Mubanga: Never ever give up, keep dreaming, keep working hard. Believe that he who started the good work, will surely see it to completion.

AquilaSpeaks: Indeed He who started the good work, will surely see it to completion. Great words from Mubanga really. It is always encouraging to see young People, especially Zambians, that are taking a very special road that will direct to great history creation eventually. You can comment below if you have any encouraging words for Mubanga. I wish him all the best in his career and I hope that he and his brother could in the future help us qualify for the world cup and even win it.

Look out for the next interview next week with someone all the way from Nigeria.

Let us be the change we wish to see, Zambian youths, for we are the future.

If you have any friends doing great and need recognition, feel free to contact me

Thembi: Your favorite Zambian Make Up artist


AquilaSpeaks: Kindly introduce yourself to the people.
Thembi: I Am Abigail Thembiso Moyo aged 25, a pharmacy technologist by profession and a part time makeup artist.
AquilaSpeaks: How did you find yourself on this journey?

Thembi: Being artistic has always been a hobby from childhood, growing up I would express how I felt about a particular situation through drawing, painting and design. As I got older I developed interest in being a stage makeup artist for SFX makeup but due to lack of materials, I decided to focus on beauty makeup.

AquilaSpeaks: How has the journey been so far?

Thembi: Its been quite an interesting and amazing learning Journey being a self-taught makeup artist in Zambia. It has given me an opportunity to work and interact with different people within and out of Zambia.
AquilaSpeaks: Any Notable people you have worked with?

Thembi: I have worked with one of Zambia’s talented Photographers Davies Tony Marko, owner and founder of Tony Media, I have also worked with Zambian female dance hall musician based in Germany, Cassy Nyemba on her recent project ,I have worked with a few Zambian Models Christina, Mulenga Chileshe and Natasha Mapulanga. I’m yet to work with Wayaya Fashions on one of their big fashion shows coming up in March 2018.

AquilaSpeaks: Do you offer makeup Tutorials?

Thembi:Yes I do but it’s been a bit hectic because of my full time Job.

AquilaSpeaks:Small tutorial in a Paragraph?

Thembi:How to do a perfect brow. Clean and shape your brows by either threading, using tweezers or a blade. After shaping brush your eyebrows with a small makeup brush.
Use a brow pencil, gel liner (wax) in colour black or brown to define your eyebrows. If you are using gel liner(wax), you will need a small angle brush to define your brows especially in areas you don’t have enough hair, you can do the same with the pencil. When this is done, use concealer and a concealer brush to clean below and above your brows order to give it a clean finish look.

AquilaSpeaks: How appreciated is this craft in the entertainment industry?

Thembi: The makeup industry in Zambia has actually empowered local Zambian women because it’s a skill that has provided a source of income to Zambian women. Makeup artist are being hired for music videos, TV shows for the presenter’s makeup and fashion shows.

AquilaSpeaks: Which makeup brand would you recommend?

Thembi: I would recommend the following brands for face foundation, Maybelline fit me, wet n wild, loreal, mac, Estée lauder,nars, gosh.
Makeup palates morphe by Jacklyn hill, juvia palates, Nyx, ABH, Colour pop

AquilaSpeaks: Are you dating anyone?

Thembi: NO, currently single

AquilaSpeaks: Any words to female Zambians?

Thembi: Never look down on yourself you can be anything you choose to be the choice is yours. Get educated, always be innovative, be an entrepreneur and help other women get to the top.

There you have it everyone. Great to see a woman doing good. If you want to contact Thembi for anything, you can simply click, here. Thank you for your time, Thembi.

Look out for the next interview dropping next Monday. You never know who is next. 😎