Zambia Social Media Awards Nomination

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Hello bloggers and readers. It is my great pleasure to announce that this blog (aquilaspeaks) has had its first massive recognition. It has been nominated for Best Blog Overall and Best New blog.
Therefore the excitement aroused in me is overwhelming, but most of all, winning any of the awards will mean a lot to me. Fellow writers can agree with me that blogging is an arduous task that requires sacrifice and commitment.
I hereby request anyone reading this to please vote for me in the two categories of nomination. Click below for the Voting form link.
Voting Form
Instructions

1) Note that you can vote as many times as possible. Remember the more you vote, the more we win these awards.
2) select aquilaspeaks.wordpress.com. you will find it in the best blog overall category and the best new blog category. So you are voting twice at once.
3)keep sharing this post and spread the word. Feel free to contact me if you want to be part of #TeamAquila you can tweet me Here to request my pin.
4)always remember number 1
Thanks again 🙂

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65 years, Behold a Zambian Mosque

Two weeks ago or so, I visited one of Zambia’s oldest mosques. This mosque was built in 1949. That’s really before Zambia’s independence that occurred later in 1964. The Nchanga Mosque is situated in Chingola, Zambia.

I am thankful to the Zambia Daily mail who actually published the article I wrote, on their website, so feel free to see it here > Forgotten Pre-independence religious establishment
The visit was successful and the people there were pleased with the idea that they even allowed me to even take photos of the building. Their main hope is that my article can reach the right eyes, possibly Saudi Arabia so that they could receive aid to re-build a new mosque. The building is in such bad shape at the moment.
Thanks to Kaisi Yusuf and Hassan Mana who came over to answer some of my questions and gave me a brief historic background of the relic. Below are some of the Photos I was able to take

Me, talking to Kaisi Yusuf

Me, talking to Kaisi Yusuf

The main entrance into the mosque. The sub picture shows the right side of it.

The main entrance into the mosque. The sub picture shows the right side of it.

the front

the front

Minbar (altar) where someone stands to preach to people

Minbar (altar) where someone stand to preach to people

a cracked wall of the mosque poses a hazard to the people

a cracked wall of the mosque poses a hazard to the people

Minaret (tower). These steps lead you up the minaret, but are again in a bad condition.

Minaret (tower). These steps lead you up the minaret, but are again in a bad condition.

Back side of the mosque

Back side of the mosque

Left side of mosque

Left side of mosque

This column of pipes allows people to wash, since they don't have a swimming pool

This column of pipes allows people to wash, since they don’t have a swimming pool

The Roofing inside

The Roofing inside

The Mosque Hall. This is where worship is carried out.

The Mosque Hall. This is where worship is carried out.

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

A Look at TY-BEATS

Ty-Beats

Ty-Beats

Ty-beats is a young gifted and talented upcoming Zambian R&B artist from Lusaka. An IMIS student with a goal of achieving his dream of becoming one of the best R&B Artist in the land. His inspirational words are ”Everyone is talented, make use of your talent” his favorite quote is “Ambition often puts men upon doing the meanest offices, so climbing is performed in the same posture with creeping”. Known by his stage name ” Ty-Beats” He started singing at the age of ten (10). He once sang in church with a song composed by him and his friends. At the age of 14 he took to the stage at school at competition that was open for all students and managed to take the third place. With his hit song ”She Ain’t Easy” he has received a good number of downloads and the digits keep rising. Ty- Beats Aim is to continue to work hard for what he desires. Check out his music at http://www.reverbnation.com/tybeats1

Ty-beats

Ty-beats

#IAmAZedblogger

One of the most functional utilities online has been the hashtag. It proves to have many advantages one mainly allowing huge topics summarised into a single word allowing myriads of people to discuss it in ‘unison’. It makes it easier to know what is the most talked about stuff when a hashtag is repeatedly used by millions worldwide and later resulting into trending topics-the most talked about. Facebook recently adopted this tool, showing how eminent it is in the social world.

As bloggers in Zambia, the use of the hashtag has come in handy. We have come up with a hashtag we are calling #IAmAZedblogger .This hashtag is actually a project initiated by one Martha Kundwe who currently basically blogs on fashion.I got introduced to it last week and I agreed with her ideas on this. So this is just the beginning and is set to hopefully fully expand next year.

This system is not in any way complex. We will simply share our posts on twitter, facebook, instagram etc. using the same hashtag #IAmAZedBlogger .This way it will be easier for us bloggers and you readers to find our posts on these networks. It simply serves as an advertisement of our works. All bloggers are encouraged to use this tag and is currently strictly Zambian as it aims to unite the nation’s bloggers perhaps in due course we may come up with a continental regional tag and so on.

I personally feel this is a good idea as it presents us with a platform to be exposed.I mean what is a blog without viewers? It is like you building a mall where only you shops. We need our work to be appreciated, rationally criticised and analysed. We are not paid to do this, but inspiration among ourselves and you the readers will allow us to attain a feeling of satisfaction. I would like all Zambian bloggers to come out and show us their very best.If it means we have to compete with a goal to produce quality work, #letsbringit.Lets support each other by following eachother’s blogs and sharing every post. Let’s blog on topics that will build the nation positively.

To the readers, a blog is not a personal diary. We do this because we know you are there to consume the written art. So your support is what matters the most. You do not just end by reading, your mind should always compel you to share, like comment on the post,Retweeet and any other way you could to show us the appreciation we may deserve.A post may be useful to someone far away from you,so always be ready to share.If you think you too can write,why not join the team than waste your skill?

So lets tweet #IAmAZedBlogger.Compliments of the season 🙂