Thursday, 27 June 2013

Africa has great potential for #technology #technovation

the improvement in telecommunications networks across Africa has made the sharing of ideas and information easier. Africa has great potential as those previously remote and inaccessible are now very accessible to the financial sector, telecomminications sector and agriculture. It is imperative that technovators leave their comfortable offices and interact with the so called 'backward' people who are yet to touch a smart phone in their hand and yet are eager to have one, people who have never accessed clean and safe drinking water but are calling for it, people that have never had a bank account but are eager to open a savings account, people who have relied on primitive 'slash and burn' farming methods with just the hoe as a tool and have now awoken to the availability of sophisticate farming technology. All these are gaps that the technovators must be looking at solving in Africa.

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Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Nelson Madiba #Mandela deserves a rest

The media from print to electronic and to networking sites are awash with news and updates on Madiba's fight for life.

The interest in Madiba's fight for life is evidence of how big an icon he is even to the youth.
I personally was born when Madiba was in prison and then I understood little of what was happening around me but I reminisce songs by several South African artists of that era, calling for the release of Nelson Mandela who was finally released in 1993.
He became president and after just 4 years, he handed over the torch to Thabo Mbeki.

I only got to understand Madiba's short political reign and its relevance to our generation in the history class in high school.
Madiba was different from Jomo Kenyatta, Kamuzu Banda, Idi Amin, Mobutu Sese Seko, Haile Mengistu in that;
(i) he was not authoritarian or dictatorial;
(ii) he believes in continuous renewal;
(iii) he was not ruthless;
(iv) he didn't seek revenge but truth and reconciliation and;
(v) he was selfless.

Contemplations (excerpt)

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The rejection by both Joshua and Tambu did not go down well with Danny.
He had not envisaged a scenario where some of the most influential ex-combatants had blatantly refused to endorse his candidacy.
His money and charm had won him over the women's league and the largely suppressed youth league but not over the war veterans.

The old guard had stuck to their fellow freedom fighter: the incumbent MP who had represented the area since 1990. Danny realised then that what he faced was much more than a political opportunity but a philosophy so ingrained in it's founders to the effect they would die for it.
It began to clear to him that the challenge he faced was what the MDC was facing.
The ex-combatants trusted nobody but their own and no matter how much he spent on them, as long as he had no liberation war credentials; he wasn't part of them....


.......excerpt from the book CONTEMPLATION

Monday, 24 June 2013

The show that never was

We have over the years watched other festivals, carnivals and shows from other parts of the world and we marvel at the euphoria generated by the events, the choreography and the legacy they live behind.

Sunday, 23 June 2013

The Power Of Forgiveness

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Don't Forget to Forgive

Scripture: "When you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too." (Mark 11:25).

What does forgiveness look like? Some describe it as giving up the right to revenge or the obligation to "get even." Perhaps you have heard the phrase "forgive and forget." I think God's forgiveness looks more like that, because He said of Himself, "I will blot out your sins and will never think of them again" (Isaiah 43:25, paraphrased).

Forgive for Forgiveness

When someone hurts us, it is so difficult to even want to forgive them – I sometimes get so angry that I can't even think, let alone pray. But after a while, I remember Jesus' instructions: "If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins" (Matthew 6:14-15). In other words, hanging on to our unforgiveness hinders our intimacy with God.

You Forgive Others

The Apostle Paul instructed, "be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you" (Ephesians 4:32). No matter what someone has done – or how many times they have offended you – Jesus said we should still forgive them, according to the Parable of the Debtor in Matthew 18. This is not a command to stay in a physically unhealthy or emotionally abusive relationship. But "love covers a multitude of sins" (1 Peter 4:8), and with forgiveness, God's love can redeem anyone and any relationship.

God Forgives You

After God has helped us forgive others and mend relationships, we turn to Him in repentance for our own sins. We know that "if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness" (1 John 1:9). King David wrote of the joy and relief we can experience when the Lord forgives us: "Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!" (Psalm 32:1).

 PRAYER, CARE & SHARE

* The Prayer, Care and Share (PCS) series is a guide to help you pray and care for others and share your faith in Jesus *

The Importance of Forgiveness

Jesus emphasizes the importance of our forgiveness of others in Mark 11:25 by linking it to the Father's continuing forgiveness of us.

Jesus makes this point even more clearly in the parable of the Unforgiving Servant (Matthew 18:23-35). A king forgave one of his servants a large amount of debt, but the servant would not forgive his fellow servant a small debt. As the parable ended, the king's wrath was unleashed on the unforgiving servant.

When I struggled to forgive someone once, God clearly reminded me of our essential need to forgive when I read Matthew 6:15: "But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions." Ouch! Pray Now and forgive that person who may have wronged you.

Another step that is part of the Prayer, Care & Share (PCS) guide, encourages you to expand a step you may have already read about here, which is to ask the Lord's blessing upon people and places around you. As you do that, you should also include people that have wronged you or your families! If this has been difficult for you, God may be asking you to forgive that person first. Forgiveness releases God's grace to truly bless them.

Forgiving our enemies is not easy. But just as it is necessary to accept and believe in Jesus' death on the cross for forgiveness of our sins, it is spiritually imperative that we forgive others.

Your PRAY NOW Challenge: "Lord Jesus, I praise You for the joy of Your salvation in my life, through your death on the cross. Now, Lord, please give me Your grace to forgive those who have wronged me, as you commanded. In Jesus' name I pray, amen."

Feedback about PCS

It can be challenging to identify those who've wronged us (or our loved ones), forgive them, and even ask God to bless them. However, if we want to become mature believers, it is essential.

Please share with us your story of how the Lord has enabled you to forgive. It could help others break the chains of unforgiveness.

Just for You



Have you been deeply hurt and need to forgive? Click the link to read some inspiring stories of forgiveness in this article by Luis Palau. <https://my.godlife.com/redir.php?redir_id=i75oOykVt70dlf_rLADclHJjWlNob2VYNENKdkFSRXU5NmlpODZUSzZWTUp2MlJjaU1MOGx5YkFxS3c&user_mailing_id=ijdkRfxjepnTMK87nSCDPTJqRkphZmhLU1BDM05fZUlaWGFFX1NnbjB5ZElzTjZVVHlBSWpuOVgzbmM&language=EN>

Personal Help



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Prayer Points



Will you pray this week to :

•Help you confess your sins - especially if that has included holding forgiveness back from others

•Help you release any grudges you might be holding onto.

•Give you the power, through His Holy Spirit, to not only forgive your enemies, but to start asking God to bless them.

•Help you realize the spiritual necessity of forgiving those who have wronged you or your loved ones .

•Show you what an amazing free gift you've received: salvation through Christ's death on the cross

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It's time Africa learns to share power

It's not African politics that's wrong, it's the politicians.

Africa would be a far much better place had our leaders learnt to share authority and power.

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Of clowns and puppets #zimelection

All there's to talk about is bickering, delays, more bickering, more delays till cows come home.

It's a pity that Zimbabwe finds herself at the juncture of another uncertain election when the economy is fast sliding back into the doldrums.

Friday, 21 June 2013

The gap between technvators and the African society

There is a huge gap between the technologists and the communities. Most of the technological solutions are out of sync with the challenges that society faces.

Society also views technology as an elitist phenomenon which is not meant for the perceived poor and unlearned.
To this end, Africa is struggling to combat hunger, disease, poverty, crippling energy shortages when there is plenty of solutions gathering dust unexplored.

Africa is losing out yet she has great potential.

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