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

In high school I studied English Literature. We analyzed a number 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.

Recently, I 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?

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 zero sum game and theoretically 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. 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 still do not practise what 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.

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.

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 was 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.

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.

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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 .

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. 😎

Thank you 2017, Good bye 2017, Hello 2018.

Over the years, no matter how busy I may be, I have always found time to sit down, reflect and do a post about how my year progressed. This year is obviously no exception. When we were in January, I knew we could be here today in no time. Time keeps growing swifter wings.

I will state that this year is one where I saw the most personal growth. I have learnt lots of things this year. I have read some good books, done some online courses, improved my dressing, had the opportunity to lead a bigger team, learnt how to relate to people, kept enhancing my sense of self and most of all never forgetting to realise that God is and will forever be my leader.

Life for me is all about growth or progress. I aim to be a better version of myself today, tomorrow and that’s just how it goes.

I thank God for this year because it humbled me. It made me realise how much ignorant I have been on multiple aspects of life. So I decided to dedicate a substantial part of my time to learning and I am not talking about academics, because I am so over them. So I will keep learning from anyone and everyone.

One of the saddest lessons I have learnt is “use or be used”. Its like I was blind all this while to not see how people feign interest in you just so they can attain some benefit from you.

Sometimes we can be gullible. A thin line needs to be drawn between being gullible and believing in people. Not everyone is what they claim to be. Time exposes all of us. All in all, I have been disappointed and betrayed and this has only increased my skepticism levels.

Personally, I have observed a myriad of my flaws and I am working tirelessly to become ‘better’. Sometimes this feels like losing my identity, like losing myself. Because sometimes I feel like I only do that so people can accept me. So people can say I am humble. So people can have a better opinion of me. In as much as I try and mostly I don’t give a rat’s ass about people’s perceptions of me, I love it when they say I am not a good person because they actually had a chance to be wronged by me as opposed to listening to funny people.

A day ago I had a conversation with a very interesting person. They had been fed with funny theories about me, but being a rational person, it did not deter them from interacting with me with which they were greeted by solid irony.

Sometimes people speak evil about others, but the best I have learnt is to find out for yourself. You never know, but those would turn out to be the best of a friend, business partner or soul mate. ☺ So trust your own judgement.

Any way as self confident as I am, it has been so hard to absorb the fact that people will think whatever. Be good, be bad, they will always talk. With that said, I don’t like people that don’t like me. 😏

The other thing I would like to share is we need to be genuinely good people. Let us avoid hating on people, feeling jealous and being in relations just for self benefit. I hate the idea of waiting for a new year to change, but in 2018 let us avoid being fake.

Let us not text people just because we want something from them. Let us stop those fake greetings. Let us genuinely care. Let us avoid fake smiles. Let us learn to love others despite their flaws.

I have a very huge weakness. I have no patience or thoughts for people that don’t like me. It is like they don’t exist. The people that I have come to realise can’t stand me the most are actually the ones that have smiled at me and given me compliments. I think they are very strong people having been able to conceal all that hate. I am very candid myself. So you wont expect fake smiles, you should expect to be ignored. However, this is what I am going to try to change about myself, not that I will give fake smiles, but I will grow and spread love. I can not call myself a follower of Christ and ignore his teachings.

Matthew 5:44 (KJV) says

44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

I never have new year’s resolutions, but I believe this is worth practicing.

My advice to all you the readers is as follows:

  1. You happiness matters the most. Do things that make you happy. Do not be in a relationship because you want to protect your partner’s feelings. Be in it because you are happy. Be selfish as to let your happiness come first.
  2. Believe in yourself. No one can be a greater impetus for change asides yourself.
  3. Forget what people say. Focus on yourself. If Jesus was crucified, who do you imagine you are?
  4. Be a genuine person. Fake is not good and karma is genuine, so be careful
  5. Invest in yourself. Read a book, eat good food, travel, learn a new skill.
  6. Exposure is important, it limits your excitement. Excitement is a killer.
  7. Choose the right company. Be quick to cut off people like Cardi puts it. Flee negativity and toxic friendships and those that never discuss great ideas and moving forward, but other people.
  8. Do not be envious. Be content with what you have and trust me, not everyone you admire has their shit together. Everyone is struggling in a way or another. Don’t be impressed by anyone or everything. Learn to be hard to impress.
  9. Do not give to receive. Give because it makes you happy.
  10. Last but no the least, always remember to thank God.

Friends, life is too short to be miserable. What we need to pursue everyday is not money, it is happiness. But even as money is sweet, let us remember to search for happiness.

I wish you all a prosperous 2018. Let God pour his blessings upon you and may you always be happy. Compliments of the season. ☺

It has been a great year for me. I don’t regret my errors, the people i cut off, my bad judgements and all the horrible moments and pain because I just received an upgrade.

Thank you 2017, Good bye 2017 and Hello 2018. 😛