Monday, 23 March 2015

Refelction on high school...and why we must keep looking ahead

In 1999, the very year that the MDC was formed, I started my first
year of high school at Kutama College. Though Acknowledged for
academic excellence, Kutama College was my second choice after St.
Ignatius Chishawasha probably because I knew so many people who had
been there before.

It was when I received an acceptance letter (then we didn't have so
much ICT staff) from Kutama College, that my grandfather told me he
had attained his teaching certificate at the mission back in the
1930s. That moment, I felt like I was part of some bigger plan. I
felt as if my grandfather was passing on the button (not to be a
teacher though).

For the next 6 years (pretty much my teenagehood) I was toiling around
the school classrooms and library believing I was part of a bigger
plan. It's 10 years now since I stepped foot on the mission and I am
sure almost everything has changed over the last decade but somehow I
still fill attached to the place.

I do not know whether I got it from Kutama or the school made it
manifest and nurtured it but I am sure that had I not met academic
giants like the schoolmates I had and had I not felt challenged by the
school's legacy and had I not felt pushed to carry on with what my
grandfather started, I wouldn't be feeling the burning urge to
continuously improve.

It's the urge for continuous improvement that keeps any generation of
any nation moving forward. Although we may not achieve success in the
form and manner we wanted, in our quest to do better at whatever we
do, we are guaranteed of breakthroughs and though we may not become
Bill Gates or Strive Masiyiwa, although we may not become geniuses to
the degree of Albert Einstein or Edison Zvobgo, even if we don't
become thought leaders, when we do our best, we leave a mark on this

" and forever, tis Kutama, Kutama leading to victory!"

Ittai Bryan
(writes in his own capacity as a former student of Kutama College)

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Critical Question: Women's Day #IWD2015 - Are men invited?

I have been fortunate like almost all men to have a grandmother,
mother or aunt, sister or daughter and a girlfriend or wife.

Either way, women are a permanent presence in men's lives and the
reverse is also true. Logically Women's Day should involve men...but
to what extent?

1. By men's very nature, domination is a goal. Wherever men are
involved in decision-making, a power struggle ensues. Are we any good
for women's affairs?

2. Culturally women (especially in Africa) have 'trained' to bow down
to men. They are ready to surrender to men. Will men's presence in
their affairs reverse the progress made?

3. Men dabbling into women's issues. Is it not invading their space
considering we dominate every other sphere in their lives?

4. Aren't men part of the problems facing women? Can they have
honest discussions in our presence?

5. It's almost 20years after Beijing. Why do men still win
elections? Do women hate themselves?


Kind Regards

Ittai Bryan

Birthday bash or a bashing party? #Anarchy

Over the past 10years, they stood together and supported each other.
Their partnership was strong and it looked like the deputy was in line
to succeed her boss. Songs were composed to celebrate the 'team' and
all looked well. Together they resoundingly won an election (rigged
or not rigged) against all expectations.

Then trouble started.

Joice Mujuru now finds herself in the cold and her camp destroyed to
smithereens. She faces arrest and has been denigrated at every public

1. She has secrets enough to damage the party. Why has she kept quiet?

2. Is she going to form another party or has she given up on politics

3. How involved is she in the lawsuit filed by Rugare Gumbo & Didymus
Mutasa or are they fighting in their own corner?

4. Even if she forms a party, does she have enough grassroots support?

5. Who is Mujuru's true nemesis? Is it Mnangagwa, Mugabe or Grace?


Kind Regards

Ittai Bryan

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