WHAT IS ZAMBIANS CONNECT? 

On January 23rd,  I got to host Zambians connect. Zambians connect? Most of you should wonder. Well I was in the same position last year, only in my case I was left guessing. 

Was it a T.V show for Zambians in the US?  Well  at least that’s how the people tweeting about it made it seem from my perspective. Was it an event where Zambians abroad got to meet and greet? Well with patience I did find out. 

Zambians Connect or Zed Connect is a platform created by visionary Zambians who sought a platform to allow fellow Zambians to share ideas, express their views and showcase a glimpse of their lifestyles.

So technically, Zambians Connect is an account on Snapchat. I understand not many Zambians are on Snapchat,  so Snapchat is an app that allows you to share  videos and pictures from your camera. It is more addictive than my poor description of it. 

Similar to Curate Zed which most Zambians on twitter are familiar with, Zed connect has a host who answers questions or directs topics for discussion only the duration is a day for the Zed connect host and you get to see them speak in a video. 

What do I think of Zambians connect? 

1) It is so much fun. Some people have such contagious humour they brighten your day as they host. My friend, Margaret Mwanza is now a famous host. 🙂
2) It makes it easy for us who pay close attention to Zambian trends to analyse what direction modern Zambians are taking generally and what position they hold on national to global matters. 

3) It is inspiring. Seeing a host that is keen on success is an impetus for your hustle. 

What have I observed

Without a data census it is obvious that the most active Zambian users of snapchat are abroad. You can actually tell from the hosts. “Hey I am your new host my name is ……. and I live in the UK, US”. The most prominent reason as to why local users are not so active is because internet is  ridiculously expensive back home. You know the bundle life huh?  💪😬

The other reason I think is Snapchat isn’t of much interest to most people. Personally, I was on snapchat for more than a year and was unbothered  to add any friends. People are more enthusiastic about Facebook and recently twitter. 

The other observation is the prevalent attitude of Zambians being mean on social media. Most hosts complain of people ‘hating’ on their hosting (I am glad to not have encountered any incident during my hosting). I am not one to judge people, but I think we should put an end to laughing at some hosts’ accents. Zambia is not an indigenous English speaking country in the first place. Also when one does good, we need to appreciate. If one is wrong,  let us not turn them into a laughing stock and pretend we want them to host again so we can laugh,again.

The other thing I have noticed is hosts are not down to earth or simply real at times. It is imperative to be yourself. That’s the advise I got from one of the admins prior to my hosting. I enjoyed the recent hosting from the brother in Malaysia. He was so uninhibited. From speaking to singing to rapping,  he was himself. 

Some hosts are scared of speaking vernacular like they are still at a primary private school. Be proud of our mother tongues. I am telling you it is a mental prison to accept a language of another country at the expense of your own. Speaking good English is not a measure of intelligence. Be a Proud Zambian and emancipate yourself. 

Zambians connect is not about ‘flexing’. Flexing right? Well for us who don’t follow urban slang, I meant to say showing off. Personally I feel hosts should show us more of what is in their head than what they assume is on their bank accounts. 

Does Zambians connect need some rules? 

Definitely. With more than 20 000 and counting zambians following the account, it is important that hosts mind what they share. Talking of age restriction, the instagram page has a rating of 18+, but young users still have access.

How influential is Zed connect? 

 To a certain level I feel it is. I mean we now have Zambian girls and Zambians UK.Next we will have Zambians US or Zambians in Lusaka? That just shows how much of a trend setter it is .The hosts of the subsidiaries also follow the same procedures as the founding body. 

Also many people are so glued to Zed connect like it is game of thrones. I am sure some people know who the first host was up to the current one without having to check the Instagram Zed connect ‘Hall of Fame’. 😀

People are always tweeting about a host every day and when you do not know what ZC is, you get puzzled. So you can see how it has become a part of people. 

What do I think of Zambian girls? 

So Zambian girls is actually a very good platform too. Not just for us guys to see beautiful girls,  the girls are beautiful and we like that😍, but it is inspiring to see women with purpose. Nothing inspires me more or is more attractive than a focussed woman. So we are looking forward to seeing more educated ladies who we will one day work with to transform our third world country. 

How do I host?

If you are already on instagram, search for Zambians connect and message the admins who will present you available dates. On the day they will give you the password and id and voila,you are the host. 

If you are on snapchat Search for zambiansconnect on snapchat to follow the stories. 

Thanks so much for reading and also feel free to interact with me on my personal snapchat: aquila.ngonga 

 

No need of traveling to China!! BECAUSE, eambuy 

​EAMBUY is here for you….

Before I begin I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to a comrade and a brother Mr Ng’onga for hosting me as I represent my company. It is a huge honor and opportunity you have accorded me, I am highly indebted to you, much obliged.  

Back to the article, I know you must be wondering why that title name 

Well, this article is meant for everyone. For example business people, companies, students, government and many more as it bears good news!

We are currently preparing for the removal of about 1 billion US dollars’ worth of subsidies. This ugly phenomenon will really negatively affect a lot of individuals and businesses.

Many people are building in Zambia, they need roof tiles, floor tiles, sanitary & hardware products etc. The government is building schools they also need materials. Thousands of students are being admitted into universities and colleges every six months who are in need of laptops and other academic enhancement products and a lot more people with different needs. Come to think of it, all these have prohibitive prices how can one really afford to buy them? 

Prices are very high in Zambia this forces privileged people to travel to China to buy products there because they are affordable. But again how much is spent on a round trip air ticket, Accommodation, food and also hiring someone who would interpret because of the language barrier and many more expenses that come with traveling there? 

What If I told you that we are the solution to that problem? Don’t believe me? Well I present to you an online platform that makes it possible to buy the products of your choice anywhere in the world and they will safely reach Zambia! And did I mention to you that you get to buy them at China factory price? Yep I said it, China factory price! Don’t delay our website name is http://www.eambuy.com you can visit it here

Once you buy from this platform, we shall ship the products to our Lusaka warehouse as we have an already established shipping company by the name of Eamcargo/Michaelcago. We have two transportation methods; one method is by Air which takes 5-7 work days and the second is via Sea which takes 35-45 work days.

Are you interested? Would you like to visit our showroom and offices in Lusaka? Well don’t hesitate, email me: james@eambuy.com or call or WhatsApp me on +260964918404.

Much thanks and thank you for reading
Kachimwa J

Eambuy Zambia Company Ltd Admin Assistant 

 

 

SONG REVIEW: MIXXY’S PA EASY ft AFUNIKA

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Micaiah Ng’onga ‘Mixxy‘ is a third year Survey major student at the Copperbelt University. He is one of the Zambian upcoming artists on fire. He  has  done  a  couple of  other  songs  that  have  received  airplay on  some radio stations  and  clubs in  Lusaka. He has worked with Royal Prince and Mari fro­m  Cabin records. On  this  new  jam, he  features the king of New Version of Kalindula, Afunika.

Pa easy is a song that reminds us of how speed kills. Mixxy is advising us to take it easy because the consequences of speed is crushing.

The  proverbial being that  ‘life  ain’t  no  crystal stair‘ limits the shocks of  the  results  of  shortcuts taken  to succeed. Many people  take  shortcuts to  improve  their  lives  or  decide  to  create   a  dangerous or risky definition of  pleasure.

These  days  young  girls and boys tend  to  become  regular club partakers  which  is  really cool if  they  think  about  it, but  the  thing  is  they  have  yet  to  go  to  university,  but they  are  exposing  themselves  to wrong  people and  creating  a  wrong  impression as  they  become  alcoholics at  a  tender  age. They  begin  to engage  in  adult  activities and  as  Afunika sings in  the  chorus, Ichalo ichi Chilalya  (The  world eats), a bemba saying symbolic of   death. There is HIV and other consequences through such behavior which again results to death. Mixxy urges young youths to wake up and take  it  easy because everything  has  it’s  own  time.

To terminate suffering or because of  envy of people acquiring possession, people  seek  shortcuts to  get  money  or  get  rich. People  tend   to  take  part  in  illegal activities like  corruption and  theft. Eventually the  crimes  catch up  with you and  you  are  put  behind bars. Before this  happens to  you, Mixxy reminds  you  to  take  it  easy.

There  are  plenty  other  situations or  examples where  we  can’t  take  it  easy  and   so   whenever  we  try  to rush let  us  be  able to  think  of  the  consequences and  eventually refrain from  such an  action.

You  can  have  a  listen/download of  PA  EASY HERE. Please  remember to support MIXXY and share. You  can  also drop your  views of  the  song  in  the  comment box  below.

Edgar Lungu: My Thoughts 


When President Michael Sata died I had a hard time deciding who the better successor was.  I remember how almost everyone in the party was fired up for the position.  Would it be Miles Sampa, could it be Mulenga Sata or Perhaps Chishimba Kambwili? The truth is I didn’t know who was best suited because I believed so much in Sata that I felt he was irreplaceable. I  guess  lots  of  Zambians  felt  the  same  way.
So there was news that Miles Sampa was going to be the successor and well, it actually wasn’t the case.  It finally came to Lungu and well you remember the series of events that followed until the President finally won the elections.
I think there has never been a president who has handled so much pressure than Edgar Lungu.  First of all even after winning, his position was still to be contested in two years to come. Two years is not ample time to prove yourself. I like to think we are still in the Sata era still because Edgar Lungu is simply fulfilling Sata’s vision. 
Secondly, Zambia’s economy in recent years has been affected by the slowdown in the Chinese economy and since the President is the scapegoat in such situations you know it has been rough on Lungu.
Edgar Lungu’s government has faced some criticism from some people. Even musicians have done some disrespectful songssongs dedicated to the President.  Despite this all, the President has been calm and hence has proven to us all he believes in democracy and the freedom of expression.
Being humble, some will argue, will not push the economy forward, but still remains one of the most imperative traits a leader ought to possess.  Edgar Lungu has interacted with so many people in Zambia. The best way to stay informed is to listen to people and people of different backgrounds. He has accommodated everyone from Political and Traditional Leaders to entertainers to regular Zambians.
Edgar Lungu is a strong advocate for peace. In his campaign speeches, he is always saying no to violence. Zambia has come a long way to just adopt violence and hatred against each other now. These elections should not be a reason to be divided as Zambians. We may have different preferences, but we should all be able to accept the results that will be presented after 11th August. Edgar Lungu or any other political leader is NOT worth dying for. 

If Zambians vote Edgar Lungu back into power this year, it will show Zambians are not volatile as always. Again it will redefine politics as those leaders always switching parties in order to sustain their political career may actually have their careers terminated finally. It will be a blow to political fornication and I feel after all these years of selfish politicians, Zambia really needs this.

No matter how open minded Education can push us to be, we can never deny the power of God. A nation that depends on God will prosper. Edgar Lungu is a God fearing leader and the fact that he turns to God for guidance should speak a lot for him. Even as he consults from his economic advisors, he still knows the war can never be won without the Almighty. We have become too modern we forget the power of prayer. As long as Zambia remains a praying nation, things will begin to look up as they already are.
At this point, I am happy with who replaced MCS. Through thin and thick we have to be led until we reach our destination. All the best to the big man as he goes through these elections and God bless mother Zambia. Let peace prevail.​

THE ONLY THING POOR ABOUT ZAMBIA IS OUR VISION

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I am happy to host Mubonde Pupe, an aspiring lawyer with a vision to see Zambia move in a fruitful direction. I am always glad to see fellow youths whose hearts burn for the development of our beautiful country as the future is ours and the generations to come.  Enjoy the post below and leave a message for her in the comment box if you have any.

THE ONLY THING POOR ABOUT ZAMBIA IS OUR VISION
By Mubonde Pupe

Zambia is a country with a population sadly with a breed of the weak, cowards and obedient.

We can never be leaders because we are trained to fear and obey, we are governed by rulers who are scared to change the laws even when society is changing, how do we expect to change our country if we are not ready to change the way we think? We have small minds and the only thing we are good at is sarcastically responding to the views of the few that choose to break down and speak.

Our leaders are slaves in suits; they are slaves to their own thirst for power and greed. Instead of presidential debates which are meant to intellectually empower us, we host angry arguments were each candidate expresses his/her disrespectful thoughts to the public.
Instead of utilizing the media, the worst consequences of this “free publicity” is the way it has deeply impacted us Zambians respect for each other, the media is not a source of any news anymore it’s just a battle field for politicians, airing out their dirty laundry, exchanging insults like children, where’s your dignity?

Unsurprisingly our generation has not been natured in fighting for or defending our territory, I think it’s time we revive in the mind of Zambians the true natures of our freedom fighters. The influence of foreign investment in Zambia is very negative and could be considered as part of Zambia’s problem, we seek for help elsewhere when we can come together and solve problems, we employ foreigners when there people right here qualified to do the jobs, we lack self-respect because if we respected ourselves enough we would believe in ourselves so much to do the job and not foreigners.

Zambia is not poor we just have a leadership problem, for any society to prosper it should be able to identify, train and prepare its future leaders, the issue in our country’s leadership is not the quality of its individuals but the attitudes of the group of individuals backing the head of the group, you can’t develop a country where the majority of the so called leaders have a criminal mentality. “Even the bible says where there is no vision people perish” that’s exactly what’s happening in our country we lack vision because if we had a dream we would work towards it and build a better place for ourselves.

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A Family Hustle: The Second Generation

EPISODE ONE (JANUARY)
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The vast room glowed red as though the air had been vaporised by the color. The air was fragrant with a sweet smelling French scent. There was no sense lacking stimulation as the music was a perfect match for the environment and once you saw the host, there was no escaping this lovely prison. As she made her last pole move, Michael knew from where he sat on the bed, like a little child hooked to telly, that he was about to go on a mind blowing trip. He always loved this part of his South African Business trips, she always knew how to take care of him.

Like a beautiful snake she slowly began to make advances towards him. His heart beat excitedly as he expected her. She always managed to make it seem like a new experience. As she was about to strike him with her skill, his phone blew into a ringtone. There was no avoiding this call and not even this naked buxom could stop him from doing so.

“How is she doing, doctor?” He asked the doctor in panic.

“Mr Hamooya, you need to relax. I cannot tell now for sure, but I am doing the best I can”, Doctor Phiri responded calmly.

Everything happened so quickly after the call. He was lucky Mashaba’s private Jet was available to get him into the country on time. His wife was in labor for their third child and it was unusually a complication. She had called him in the morning telling him she wasn’t feeling too well, but he just had plans for Lydia that afternoon after the meeting. For the second time since his cheating episodes, he felt sorry for his wife. The first was when he had done it the first time, he wished he had just apologized then and maybe he wouldn’t have gone far in this way. The guilt was burning his soul, but he was just happy to have made it on time.

After what seemed like two hours, Dr Phiri reappeared in the room and Michael immediately shot up.

“Mike, I’m sorry” He said.

Michael felt a huge pain in his heart like somebody was firing electric shots to his heart. He looked at his two sons and a sudden realization hit him that he had failed both as a husband and a father. Depression was slowly creeping in. The surviving baby had her mother’s eyes and nose. He looked the innocent baby in her eyes and called her Claire.

Never had he pictured Claire’s name on a grave stone. His wife was gone and he blamed no one else but himself for this. He had questions whose answers bred excruciating pain in his heart. Who was going to take care of his kids like she did? What was he to say to Peter who now was on a daily routine of questions about his mother’s whereabouts?

“Dad where is mum? Little peter asked inquisitively.

“Peter, mum is in heaven” he answered softly.

“Dad, can you please take me to heaven, I want to see mum” Peter shot again.

Usually people ask what they had done to deserve a predicament, but that was going to lack in Michael. His wife’s relatives had insisted on taking custody of the children and he saw himself in no position to disagree.

Michael felt his guilt outweighed the lessons life was handling him and when he was summoned by the Anti- Corruption commission presenting him office fund embezzlement charges, he had no time to feel sorry for himself. He knew he was going away for a very long time, he knew he had no time to seek redemption because he knew he didn’t deserve it. He knew this was his end, but deep down he knew it wasn’t because his children were still out there.
TBC

2016

Many Thanks go to the almighty for the lives of everyone able to read this post as we all made it to the New Year. The funny thing, however, is how we will almost be halfway into the new month. Time again remains a factor that leaves me in awe.

Much as we have been in the New Year for a few days, I have not been shielded from learning a few things in such a short period. The New Year is considered a new chapter for most individuals. A fresh beginning should never go scarred with misfortunes, it should be as immaculate as possible, and at least that’s what we all expect. I do not know how most of you have begun yours, but mine has begun with a few worries and fears about tomorrow, a few regrets from the past, but lots of faith and hope to carry me through.

This week one student from my university had to undergo an operation and another lost her sister and niece simultaneously. Talking about fresh beginnings, this seems like a real dented one. It brought grief to me. No matter how long I put myself in the shoes of these two individuals, I would never understand the pain that cut through their bodies and souls, no matter how much I tried to comfort them, I knew only God and time would be real useful in easing things.

Given that I am somehow volatile, I appreciate the strength these individuals exhibited especially the sister who lost her loved ones. Given that I am a very volatile person, I was amazed by her ability to remain collected in a devastating situation, that no matter how hard your condition can be, you should never let pain define you.  I mean it is not every day that you get encouraged by a person who highly needs encouragement. Lot of people would be questioning God in such situations, but seeing people handle God’s will with calm is a special sermon of its own.

I came to a conclusion that your year beginning slow, does not imply a poor finish. At times a puncture is what is needed before we can win the race. There is so many people around the globe that have had real upsetting, traumatizing experiences in these few days, but they still soldier on. No matter how rough this January has decided to take off, things will most definitely pick up. Never, and I mean never give up on the creator. Never throw away your faith. I don’t have to be a pastor or prophet to tell you that things will turn up well for you and you will have a real good finish.

Keep your head high, be resilient and no matter what happens, never allow pain to change nor define you. Thanks everyone for reading and I wish you nothing, but a successful year. God bless.