EVER HEARD OF PrEP? ITS NOT HIV VACCINE, BUT CAN SAVE YOU

It has been a while since I last posted an article. But It’s all good and I am so excited that I am finally at it again.

A month ago, a colleague from my office asked me to attend a certain media training on his behalf. I was excited to be part of the training because I knew it had something to do with health and as a professional journalist, I sensed it was an opportunity to learn further how to report on the subject professionally.

It was hence an honor to be part of the group and talk about HIV and AIDS because HIV and AIDS remains a major health concern in Malawi with new infections reaching 33,000 in 2019 (according to the Malawi National Strategic Plan for HIV and AIDS 2020-2025). Thankfully, there is a biomedical intervention called oral PrEP that can greatly help us reduce new infections

To begin, I first came across the word PrEP in 2015 back when I was pursuing my journalism diploma during a lesson on HlV and AIDS reporting class. In case you have no idea of what Prep is, then this article is for you.

PrEP is a short form for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis –a form of ARV drugs but one consumed by HIV negative persons to prevent the acquisition of HIV.

As I have learnt, taken on a daily basis, PrEP is highly effective for preventing HIV acquisition from sex or injection drug use but is much less effective when it is not taken consistently.

But prEP is not a vaccine. Its designed to be taken when one is at risk of acquiring HlV prior to exposure. If one’s risk of getting HlV infection becomes low because of changes in their lives,one may choose to stop taking prEP.

Perhaps, the question might be just how good is the drug? Well, pretty good, if you trust the scientists. According to Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, studies have shown that PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by about 99% when taken daily. The margin for error, for lack of a better word, apparently, is that slim.

Among people who inject drugs, PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV by at least 74% when taken daily. However, PrEP does not protect against STIs or prevent pregnancies, so don’t get carried away. It is quite important therefore to use PrEP as a combination prevention package with other existing interventions such as condoms and VMMC.

There is a bit of history about the use of PrEP in Malawi that I learnt as well at the training. PrEP was provided to HIV-negative people as part of demonstration studies in two districts of Lilongwe and Blantyre.

In Lilongwe, the study was implemented by Lighthouse Trust, which targeted adolescent girls and young women (AGYW). In Blantyre, the study was led by Pakachere Institute for Health Development and Communication and the study participants were female sex workers. As of now, PrEP has not been rolled out nationally in Malawi.

I was so curious about this topic and I decided to talk to someone who could testify about this and luckily I found one.

 A sex worker, whose real name I shall conceal but shall only identify as Sharon, from Area 25 residential township in Lilongwe, has been a regular user of the drug and speaks highly of its effectiveness.

She told me: “I was introduced to this drug last year and I was part of a study to find out if the drug really works. So first of all they tested my HIV status to find if I was negative then I was given the drug and instructions that I should follow.”

Sharon, however, further explained to me that during the first week of taking the drug, she experienced some side effects like nausea, vomiting, headache and when she visited the hospital she was told it is normal and there was nothing wrong with it.

“I was taking the pill each and every day while doing my work every night, without protection sometimes, with different men and when time came for me to get tested again if the drug really worked I was found negative and that proved the drug worked. Since I am at risk of getting HIV with the work I do, I have been taking the pill everyday ever since to protect myself from the virus. I encourage everyone who knows they are at risk of getting HIV to visit a near clinic and ask about prep and they will be helped,” she recalled.

Although praising PrEP’s effectiveness in preventing HIV, Sharon is quick to remind everyone that as a sex worker it does not protect her from STDs or pregnancy hence she is forced to use some contraceptive methods including condoms.

PrEP was endorsed in the National Policy in 2018, however, the PrEP guidelines have yet to be approved.

AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition Fellow _Chisomo Chaweza

AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition Fellow Chisomo Chaweza said the Constitution, under the bill of rights, mandates Malawi to make accessible health services to its people. The delay in approving PrEP guidelines directly delays the roll out of PrEP, an intervention that other African countries such as Kenya, eSwatini and South Africa are already implementing at larger scale to achieve the goal of eliminating HIV by 2030.

He said: “I call for the speedy approval of the PrEP guidelines so that we can protect many lives. This is especially important now, as we are faced with covid-19, another pandemic that has claimed many lives. Let us not lose the gains we have already made on HIV. Access to HIV prevention services is a human rights issue.”

IT FEELS GOOD TO BE PART OF NVAK MALAWI 2019 TEAM

A month ago one of my friends sent me a post about a certain organization that was circulating on social media. The post was all over, I mean in different WhatsApp groups and what I loved about it was the quote which said: “Come and learn to make your own music.”. I was like no way; make my own music?

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Our team, as participants for the training

I was so excited about it because music is my second home. Every time I sing, I feel good and I can relate to my own life when I listen to music from other artists. When I saw the post, I wanted to get more details so that I should be part of the team. I looked for the poster again and I found out that Nvak runs a free program to teach songwriting, production and music business. Instructors come from the United States and present local artists with a chance to get their music heard by record labels.
After finishing reading, I went straight to the corner of their poster where I saw how to apply. I also clicked a link that directed me to their website. On the site, they have a mission statement which says the following: Nvak is a nonprofit organization that recruits talented musicians in countries struggling from social, political and/or cultural difficulties and provides hyper-local, world-class music education and resources to help musicians create and distribute their own contemporary music worldwide.

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Some of the participants during one of the sessions

Their mission continued to say Nvak creates opportunities where there is none, using music as a tool for underserved teens and young adults to find their voices and amplify their stories beyond their countries borders. It also serves the western world by bringing previously absent stories into mainstream music and offering a unique perspective on global issues.
After reading their mission statement, I told myself that I needed to be part of this transformation and I applied. The next day I asked my friend, who is also a singer, if she applied. I was so excited and I eagerly expected to hear the names of the people who had been selected.
Three weeks passed and I received an email saying I had been selected to be part of the program which was to be hosted for two weeks. I was so excited because my best friend was also selected. I also saw that some few female artists that I know were also part of the team. One thing I loved about this team was that it was a team of ladies only. I was looking forward to meet different young women with the same passion that I have; which is music.
The first day it was very great because we spent the whole morning introducing ourselves and it was so great to know each other. We also got to know why each artist is so passionate about music. The stories I heard made me love the team more. Simply put, I love to be surrounded by different young people with inspiring stories.
And before I tell you more about my experience on this program, our music instructors were so amazing from the first day. We were so honored to have the founder of navak tamar, who came all the way from United States of America, to explain about the whole program. She did not come alone, she came with Halima who was our instructor, and trust me this girl is so amazing and I love her personality and also her style.

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We also had a photographer, Alex who was from South Africa. He was always taking photos, videos and interviews of us during the training.
Apart from the interaction with the female artists, what stood out for me was the learning of music production and also songwriting. I started writing songs when I was just 12 years of old. I have been writing different songs up to now. After the training, I realized that I was just naturally following the melody, but now I am able to write a full structure of a song. Apart from that I make sure that I should narrate the song well so that the fans should get to know what I am trying to say.
We also learnt music production, and it is one of the best thing that has happened to me this year. I now can record somebody or myself and produce a song because of this program. We were all using Logic Pro X and I can’t lie, it was fun. I never imagined myself producing a song, I thought it was a man’s job things have really changed. And I thank Nvak.
I was also inspired by few young women who have skill of playing different instruments. Now I have told myself that I should learn piano and I am so excited already.
During the first day of training, we were given an assignment to write a song and we had to present it during class time in front of everybody. So we had to write a song and sing it. Then we had to wait for our instructors, Halima and Tamar, to critique it.
I must say it was fun and at the same time frustrating because there was a moment I was blank; I couldn’t write a song. If the song was not well arranged, you were sent back to write it again. All of us did not like the idea of doing things over and over again but at the end of the day it was worth it. And I must say, it has helped me to come up with two songs right now. If it wasn’t for training, I would have zero songs right now.
Nvak experience has been challenging but it’s a one-time life changing event to me. Apart from the music production and songwriting, the interaction I had with the girls was so amazing. We had a chance of sharing our stories and I must say, it was so inspiring to hear how these powerful ladies overcame their challenges and used music to express themselves. After completing our songs, we all had to produce our songs ourselves. Everyone had to produce a song of someone else. I had a chance to produce Theresa’s demo called “show me your glory” and we had Paul, who is also from Zathu Band, to play the piano. I must say it was beautiful and enjoyed every moment.
It did not end there but we all had to performe our originals songs at Latitude 13 hotels. We had to finalize our songs and rehearsals to prepare for the open mic. I must say two days before my performance, my song was not done but thanks to Nandi, Luki and Maggie who helped me up with a melody and good rhythm. I remember sleeping late at home and the next morning calling my friend to help me out with my lyrics and he sent me 4 bars to add to my first verse. I finished with second verse then boom i song was done.
Everyone was excited and also nervous at the same time but it was amazing and I really had fun. I wish I could explain everything from the food, to the group photos but what I can say is, thanks to Nvak foundation for choosing Malawi and introducing this program. I should also everyone that sponsored this event to happen. We have benefited and personally I have been enlightened. Many thanks should also go to Kim of Diamonds who was running up and down to make sure we are on time and not forgetting Kingsly Tembenu who was playing us the acoustic guitar during the rehearsals and also the performance day on the 13 of November.
After the workshop I would love to sharpen my skills on producing and also give good music to my fans by writing well-structured songs and well narrated ones.
Nvak is one of the best things that has happened to me in 2019 and will always be forever grateful always. In one sentence I would say Nvak means to me: “A once in a lifetime opportunity I need to value and change my life.”

TO MY DAD WHO ONCE LIVED

I literary don’t understand how time flies sometimes. Yesterday, marked 17 years since we buried my dad and it feels like just yesterday. I was so little when I experienced my father’s death but I remember everything that happened on that day. I will always praise God for his life and for giving me the best dad every child can dream of having.

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With my father in 1999 when he was taking a photo for elections in Ntcheu, Malawi where we used to stay.

I can talk about my dad the whole day and tell you stories especially the moments we shared. One thing I will never forget about my father, was the strong friendship I had with him. I was the only daughter in the family and was so close to my dad. I remember when I was at nursery school, my dad used to escort me on his bicycle and every lunch hour, he would come and get me. I remember that he was never late: because when I was done with classes, I would find him outside, on his bicycle, waiting for me.

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I enjoyed his companionship,friendship and love

There was a day, when we spent time at his shop and he told me that if we manage to make more money, we will be able to purchase a doll for me to play with. After the sales of that day, my dad bought me a big doll. I was so excited that I ran to my mother at home, and showed her what my father had done. I explained to my mother that we made more sales that day, and consequently, dad bought me a big doll.

My mother was so happy when she looked at me and said; “Wow! You have got what you have been looking for.”
Afterwards she went straight to my father and she told him it was not right to spend money on things like dolls. The conversation went on but I was busy with my new doll. Every time I think of this story, I shed tears sometimes but at the same, I smile. The smile comes as I feel the love my father had for me. Let me take this time to tell you that you have to show respect to your father, whether you’re close to him or not.
Let’s fast-forward to when I started my primary school. I was so excited to start school because it meant I could wear the cool, green Jim dress and white blouse. I remember on the first day, I went to school with my mother and father. That day my dad told me that he would not come to get me after knocking off.
“Why?” I asked.
“Because you are now 5 years of old and you will find new friends who will be coming home with you,” he said.
I opposed and told him to give me some time and to my surprise, my dad accepted. However gave me a condition that the deal would work if I scooped the first position in my class.
Everyday my dad picked me from school and we went straight to his shop. So he would work on his shop while I would be busy solving mathematics and practicing my spellings. I got used to the routine and this made me do very well in my class. This went on for more than a month; I guess we surpassed our deal. However, at some point, he stopped coming to pick me up and I started going home with my friends.
At the end of the first term, I was in the top ten and my dad told me he appreciated my effort. He also reminded me to keep my promise and strive for position one in the second term. So I worked hard and I maintained the first position to Standard 3.
There came a time when the teacher would ask; “Who is number 1?”
“Faith Kaunde,” all pupils would answer.
My dad would shower me with presents and my mother would boast about me among her friends. As I said, I have so many moments I can share with you even though I was so young the time when I lost him.

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Moments I will never stop cherishing, with my mother and father in Machinga, Malawi.

There was this other day after school as usual, I went to my father’s shop. He told me that he would be happy if I would become a journalist when I grow up. He said he would be glad if I spoke on the radio like; Alice Khoza, Eunice Chipangula and Eliza Kachali. I never understood him but I started loving the radio and it became part of me. This is why I didn’t struggle to choose what I wanted to study at the university but went straight to study Journalism. Every time I’m on the radio, it is a dream come true for me because I know my father is smiling and I will forever be grateful for that.
The pain never goes away but with time, I learnt to accept that my father, who was always on my side, is gone but he lives in my memories. What hurts the most, is knowing that he was around when I him on the photos. All in all, my father lived and I am part of his legacy. Sometimes, I wish I can just say hello and tell him how I am. I wish to tell him that my mother also died eight months after he died: but I know that is not possible.
As a seven-year-old I was so confused but I was lucky that I was surrounded with a strong woman, my mother, who could always tell me that we are going to be okay.
One thing I know is, death is real and people are dying each and every day. I made a choice to celebrate the life of my father and told myself to cry no more. I chose to call him my hero. At the age of 33, my father had his own business and had a house of his own. This makes me to work extra hard every day as he did, and I will always be grateful to God, for giving me a daddy who was my best friend and my guardian angel.
I know it’s not easy to let go of the pain that comes from the loss of a loved one but you need to pray for God to strengthen you. You may have many questions but my God is always there to comfort you when you are in pain. Sometimes you can feel like crying but always ask God to be your shoulder because he is the best comforter.

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Today, I am happy that I can celebrate the life of my father after 17 years. If I had a chance to tell him, I would say; “I love you and thanks for the good memories. It’s a reflection that you once lived on this earth and you left a mark in my heart that keeps me going.”
I would not forget to repeat these words to him; “I adore you.”

WHY YOU NEED THAT BOTTLE EVERYDAY

Everyone in town is talking about making money, changing habits ,going back to school, working harder on that hustle etc. I mean everyone including myself wants to do better in life but I have noted that despite all the things we want to achieve, most of us forget to make a change in our health.

Even if we all have all the money in this world we cannot do that hustle if we are not feeling well, we cannot achieve a thing but it’s crazy I can say how we all forget the basic thing to do: taking care of our body’s health.

I know you are like, hello! do you know what you are talking about? Yeah of course I do. I don’t want to ask you a lot neither taking yor energy nor your money.

It’s a weekend and I know you are relaxing at home and enjoying yourselves but it’s very funny how we can do that while forgetting one very important, easy and cheap thing, which is drinking water each and every day. Water is very important in our lives and we need to make sure we take the right amount every day. You can keep a bottle of water in your car, on your desk at your office, in your backpack or wherever you feel comfortable while doing other important things.

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A great bottle can encourage you to drink more water at work. -Ursula Dailey

Growing up my mother used to wake us early in the morning and gave us two glasses of water. I never liked the initiative together with my siblings, I mean it was just drinking water the first thing in the morning and little did I know that it was important for my health and now that’s what I do every morning to keep my body health.
Keeping hydrated is crucial for health and well-being, but many people do not consume enough fluids each day.

Around 60 percent of the human body is made up of water, and around 71 percent of the planet’s surface is covered by water.
Let me just share with you why you need to carry that bottle of water every day;

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you can always carry your bottle.

DRINKING WATER HELPS MAINTAIN THE BALANCE OF BODY FLUIDS.

As I said the body is composed of about 60% of water. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.

WATER HELPS THE SKIN TO LOOK GOOD
Your skin contains plenty of water and functions as protective barrier to prevent excess fluid loss. But don’t expect over hydration to erase wrinkles or fine lines, says Atlanta dermatologist Kenneth Ellner, MD
Dehydration makes your skin look more dry and wrinkled, which can be improved with proper hydration; he says. But once you are adequately hydrated, the kidneys take over and excrete excess.

You can also help “lock” moisture into your skin by using moisturizer, which creates a physical barrier to keep moisture in.

WATER HELPS TO LOSE WEIGHT

Well that may sound off but it’s not .You have probably heard it more than once that drinking water will help you lose weight and that’s true you heard well dear. Water helps boost your metabolism, cleanse your body of waste and acts as an appetite suppressant. Also drinking water help your body stop retaining water, leading you to drop those extra pounds of weight.

IT REGULATES BODY TEMPERATURE

Water that is stored in the middle layers of the skin comes to the skin’s surface as sweat when the body heats up. As it evaporates, it cools the body . Some scientists have suggested that when there is too little water in the body, heat storage increase and the individual is less able to tolerate heat strain.

They are so many ways on how water help our body in our day to day life, above are just few on how water works in our body .I know you might have a problem in starting this habit and you planning on drinking more water, here are some tips to increase your fluid intake and reap the benefits of water:

Have a beverage with every snack and meal choose beverages you enjoy; you are likely to drink more liquids if you like the way they taste. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Their water content will add to your hydration. About 20% of our fluid intake comes from foods.

Keep a bottle of water with you in your car, at your desk, or in your bag
Choose beverages that meet your individual needs .If you are watching calories, go for non-caloric beverages or water.

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Have a glass of water everyday and make it your habit.

I hope you are going to make that decision of drinking water every day trust me you are going to be a healthy person, I mean it’s just drinking water and small things matter, have a lovely week.

YOU SNOOZE, YOU LOSE

Chances in life have been given to each and everyone of us. The bible in Genesis says we are God’s image and this does not specify a particular race or nationality. What God meant is that each and every person in this world is his image.
Sometimes, I tend to wonder why other people are so smart while others seem like they are here to watch and clap hands for brilliant folks. I don’t know if I am the only one who thinks like that, but I believe that at some point in your quite time, similar thoughts linger in your mind. It is not a sin to think sometimes, because that’s how you come up with solutions to different problems.

I love the story of Lot and his wife from the book of Genesis. In the story, we learn that because of Abrams concern about his nephew (Lot), God spared Lot and his wife in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. We all know that Lot and his family escaped but Madam Lot, as I like to call her, did not make it to the destination. Even though the chances were equal with the whole family but she chose to look back instead of just focusing to the future. As the book of Genesis narrates, Madam Lot did not make it and she later became a pillar of salt.
I can’t help but imagine what the story of Lot and his family would have been if Lot’s wife made it. If you’re reading this I want you to take her story as an example; because there are many opportunities in this world that lead us to go where God wants us to be. The problem is we don’t see them; we are busy looking at our friend’s opportunities and admire their success instead of building our own empire.
It’s not wrong to admire other people’s success but work also on your empire.

Thosechances that another man has, are also available to you only that you are blind and you cannot see. Imagine Madam Lot had a chance to escape the land of Sodom and Gomorra yet she blew it away. I don’t even know what she wanted to get anyway if you ask me. My friend you snooze and lose, one mistake can cause you pain for a long time, and also one opportunity can take you far for a long time.

The only problem is that most of us do not know what we really want in this life. We are living a copycat kind of life but if we knew what we wanted, every opportunity that comes our way could have brought joy in our life. Not only could your life change but also your community would have been transformed if you grabbed your opportunity wisely.
Imagine each and every person who wakes up every morning is granted 24 hours to make a difference in this world. The good news about this is you are one those persons who has just been given that opportunity. If you think I am joking think about how many people have died today and how many deserved to die because they were not worthy living.

You may have nobody to turn to right now, or not have resources to do the “hustle” of your dreams but let me challenge you dear: You have something that somebody is struggling to have somewhere and someone has just lost this moment. If you are here reading this and breathing; look around and you will find that there is only you in this world.
What you have to do is sit down and look at your life. Think of the opportunities that life gave you and you lost them. Imagine where you could have been if you used those opportunities wisely, and how many lives could have looked at you and smiled. Do not be like Madam Lot who had a chance and lost it and don’t just sit there and admire your friends who are doing big in life. As long as you are breathing, it’s your time to grab that opportunity and chance that the almighty father gave you. Use that chance to bring change in this world. Dear, the time is now, YOU SNOOZE YOU LOSE.

START TO INVEST AND EDUCATE YOURSELF

Happy new year to you and I believe you are grateful that you have made it this year. It’s been a month already and I know that almost everyone had an issue with 2020 and the pandemic made it worse.

personally, I did not achieve many of the things I planned to achieve but I got some things I did not plan to have but, nonetheless, made me happy and I will forever be grateful. Especially when one considers that made me happy that I did not plan to have and I will forever be grateful for the life, keeping in mind that many people across the world lost their lives.

So today I just want to share with you one of the things that I have listed on my goals this year, investing and educating myself.

Most of the times we are happy when people invest in us, but we don’t really plan to do such things for ourselves. I can assure you that if you start investing and educating yourself today your life will never be the same again.

There are so many things you can invest and educate yourself in this year. You can start or go back to school and pursue that dream course you have always wanted; you can invest in business or read some books that will change your life. You can also invest in your health by exercising and eating right, mentoring a young person on spiritual or academics stuff and that will help you become a great leader.

 However, you can start improving many other things you would love to see yourself doing and feel good after achieving them.

There are many ways that you can always educate yourself each and every day. In this modern technology era it is easy to teach yourself through YouTube. Many people are advancing through that site, if you want to learn about singing, cooking, writing, fashion designing, academics, history and all the things you would love to know, you can get it there.

This does not mean you should go to school, if you have the money it’s okay but you learn more from advance your self-development also by reading a good book.

 Below I will list down just five reasons why you should invest and educate yourself.

1.It helps you stay relevant.

In the 21st century, things are changing every day. Our lifestyle has changed compared to the way it used to be. This simply means we need to be updating our skills regularly and be alert on what’s happening around the world. Being in the field of information technology, this is a reality that I face every day. Many of the techniques I learned a few years ago are no longer in use today. Therefore, if you want to stay relevant, there is no other choice; you must constantly upgrade yourself. You must pay the price of learning and re-learning.

2. It is easy to notice an opportunity.

 The fast-changing nature of the world not only has a negative side but also a positive one: it opens new possibilities. Many things that weren’t possible before become possible today. For instance, it’s now possible to have a location-independent (and even time-independent) career. You don’t have to stay at the same place all the time. Seeing such opportunities, however, requires you to keep learning. You must keep yourself up to date with the new way of doing things.

3. It satisfies you.

Self-education gives you not just external rewards but also internal ones. It feels good to reach your full potential. It gives you inner satisfaction to be the best person that you can be.

4.It increases your capacity to help people.

Upgrading yourself will benefit not only you but also those around you. Why? Because it increases your capacity to help people. The fact is, you can only help others with what you have. So the more you have, the more you can help. Some people find it easier to spend money on things like meals than on their self-education. Don’t be that kind of person. Instead, make your self-education a priority. You might not feel the benefits right away, but believe what Benjamin Franklin said: An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

5.It boosts one’s confidence

Investing in yourself is a great way to build your self-confidence and self-worth and acquire knowledge. Read, or perhaps I should rephrase, listen to an audio book once a week. Books or audio books are an infinite resource to building knowledge and expertise in any area. If I don’t manage to read or listen a book, I supplement my learning and curiosity with podcasts. Listening to a 30-minute podcast before going to bed or when driving or when working out in the gym or just taking a walk is a great way to make effective use of time whilst still learning.

In a nutshell those are just the few advantages one can achieve after investing and educating oneself. However, attending seminars and workshops to expand your knowledge and skills also gives you the invaluable opportunity to network with those who are like-minded. Education is more than just an investment in your career. It is an investment in your growth, awareness, and identity. Constantly learning will give you that competitive edge.

Get Real and Dress to Kill

what came to your mind first when you saw the tittle of my blog? What rolls in you head when you here words like, “Classy, fashionable or smart dressing”? Whether you like it or not, how you look and how you dress will always have a great impact on how people perceive you.

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Dress each day as though you were a masterpiece and define your personal style, Mphatso kamgundu:ME&Trends MW

There are plenty of ways to look stylish without spending much money. You can just purchase high-quality pieces that you’ll get plenty of mileage out of, like a trench coat or a basic sheath dress.

A lot of people when it comes to dressing well they think of expensive clothes and spending more money but that’s not the deal always. Dressing smart and in a smart way is very important in one’s daily business. For that reason you need to make sure you cover yourself nicely and be presentable according to what you represent.

I know we have people who just don’t care about their dressing, whether it’s smart or not as long as their are okay. Today I want to share with you the importance of dressing smart and nice everyday.

The clothes you wear and the way you groom yourself will change the way other people hear what you say. It will subconsciously tell them if you’re like them or if you’re different. It will determine whether they listen or ignore you, trust or distrust.

It definitely tells a lot about a person and usually the first impression a person gets from you sticks in their mind forever and I have personally experienced this.

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Dress to define yourself, Goxy

Below are just few advantages of dressing smart everyday:

1. Attract opportunities.
I know you are puzzled on how this can be but trust me this is very true applicable.let me share you something. True story: one day I was around town with my two friends at a supermarket and I noted that some guy was following me and eventually he stopped me and said: “hey, your face looks familiar, are you a model?

To be honest I was not really surprised because I dressed up and was looking all fresh. I told him am not a model but I love to dress up and look nice all the time. For your own information from that 3 minutes chat,few weeks later I was introduced to some directors of some company and i ended up getting a job without interviews. The directors just saw me and said we are trusting you and I told myself to work harder behind my smart dressing.

My emphasis is, you need to watch what you dress always. For people will address you according to the way you are dressing up.

Nevertheless, I believe we dress to please ourselves in the first place and before anyone else.

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Simplicity speaks with splendor, Tabeni Kachitsa

2. Dressing well allows one to gain self-confidence. This is an important aspect of communication. Good communication skills can be obtained easily if one decides to choose what to wear wisely.

Although I believe that clothes reveal a one’s personality. I believe there is no excuse for someone to treat another badly for their clothing.

When you dress smart you can even feel it that you are comfortable and ready to face the day.

IT’S OKAY TO LAMENT ON CHANGED PLANS DURING THIS PANDEMIC.

So many things have changed in a minute and everyone around the world is trying so hard to adapt to this new norm. Not really loving the processes as it was never anticipated. It’s just something that has got everyone by surprise. No one will even ask what I am talking about, for all of us have been affected by the new Novel virus.

It’s okay to lament

News broke forth on the 4th of April, 2019 and the announcement of the first reported case was made in my country, Malawi. Since then we have had some other cases being reported as well and things are getting worse globally. Sitting down yesterday, I was contemplating on the whole situation, I was so afraid because I felt like I am at war. It is really scary and I know many of us are in this mode. With lots of questions and less or no answers at all.

I keep on feeling like I am at war and battling with someone I can’t see but in my mind knowing that the enemy is so strong, that the whole world can stand still and allow the men and women in white coats to fight and not with guns and missiles but a very unusual way of fighting, at times feeling like I will hide from nothing. But hearing the casualties in this war across the globe, it’s something else.

The worst part is we don’t really know when the war is going to come to an end. This is World War. I am not fighting alone but worldwide there has been protocols designed in every Country and the nurses and doctors are on the front line, our new superheroes. Who ever thought of that.

Myself I do business and things. My business involves traveling across the boarder and now I can no longer go for orders as traveling is restricted and since many of my customers’ businesses are affected too, it’s becoming hard for them to pay me. Everyone is anxious as no one knows when everything will come back to normal.


Just like everyone else I was so excited for this year and hey it’s vision 2020, I had plans to grow and invest. But then Boom! COVID-19 decides to disturb all those plans, we pray its going to be defeated soon. Two of my friends have cancelled their weddings, ten people I know have lost their jobs just because of the virus. Each and every day new cases of infected people around the world are being reported. Schools, Shops, and even Churches are closed, as one way of defeating this enemy. Businesses are not making profits.

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We started seeing restrictions on travel and business, and many suspected cases were advised to be in quarantine. Everyday News since has been filled with gloom, devastation has been carried in the air to our homes and the internet has been jam-packed with information of this enemy.


Regular life feels like eternity ago. Though our country has been had the cases in less than a month and it’s not long ago when the restrictions were brought forward. Its crazy how fast everything we know has changed, and its crazy how quickly weve all adapted to the changes. This have really changed in a blink of an eye.

Consider the conversations you now have with family and friends these days. When was the last time you left home or pass by town without washing hands? Everything is different now, and it happened almost overnight. We are in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, but its more than just that. Its a worldwide tragedy, one whose story is only beginning to unfold.
Its not just health. Its economics. Its politics. Its entertainment and lifestyle. Its society. Its everything.

Theres one thing we all share. Every one of us has lost something to Coronavirus. And its okay to lament over it. You may have changed your wedding plans, plans to start or finish School, plans for business, travel or attending your favorite concert. It’s okay to lament because it’s something you never expected.

I was worried because I didn’t get orders for my business and I was full of unpleasantness that I will be broke and won’t be able to keep up but when I read in the news and see The numbers of people that have died to this virus, I was like please, I really MUST be GRATEFUL.

We have lost People because of this pandemic, it’s okay to feel sad for the changed but let’s have hope that we are going to make it together and everything will be okay. Not so long from now. If you are afraid and worried about changed plans, I say it’s okay to feel sad but one thing that I know is we are going to go through this and I know our God is watching over us.

Let’s not forget to wash our hands frequently, observe social distance, use sanitizer and cover your mouth and nose with a mask.

What plans have you changed because of this pandemic?

How frequently do you change your Beddings?

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Sliding between crisp, clean sheets is one of the best feelings in the world. There’s something about being in a fresh environment that gives you peace of mind. It’s similar to the feeling you get when you walk into an organized room versus a cluttered space, but the effects are magnified because the sheets are also touching your skin, employing another one of your senses. You will agree with me on how fresh and relaxed you feel when your beddings are just coming from laundry. I must say it is breath taking.

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Since last week, because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, I have been working from home and I must say I have noted a couple of things in my house that needs to be taken care of and one of them was my beddings.

To be honest I don’t like to be in a messy environment starting from where I sleep. Most of us don’t really change beddings frequently, some people even takes months to wash their beddings which is not a good hygiene.

When I say please we need to wash and change our beddings once in two weeks at least am not saying you should have plenty of beddings,if you can afford it’s okay but if you can’t just wash and use the same.

A recent poll by the National Sleep Foundation shed further light on this theory. Up to 98% of people reported that being in a clean bedroom was important to sleep quality, and more than half of the respondents said that sheets with a fresh scent also mattered.

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Months ago I used to change my beddings after a month and I told myself to improve at least every once in 2 weeks.Its about our bodies and our health so we need to take care.I don’t know about you but when it comes to my health:I don’t joke around.

Having good bedroom hygiene when it comes to changing your sheets is about more far than just freshening up your linen. The survey of more than 2,000 people revealed that more than half of Britons sleep in dirty sheets – and women are guilty of not changing the bed linen regularly. “Our bodies shed millions of skin cells each day, many of which rub off in our sleep and are deposited in our beds. In addition to skin cells, our bodies also secrete fluids, sweat and oils during a long night’s sleep,” Fox said. “While unsavoury in themselves, these deposits mostly pose a problem as they are all deliciously appealing for dust mites.

The droppings of microscopic creatures such as dust mites are laden with allergens which when inhaled can trigger asthma and rhinitis and may also worsen eczema.

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The research commissioned by home retailer Dunelm Mill, found just two in five of us change our sheets weekly – in line with the standards of TV’s cleaning gurus Kim and Aggie. A further 36 per cent perform the task fortnightly, while 17 per cent admitted changing dirty sheets just once a month or even less frequently. Meanwhile, six per cent of houseproud people stripped the sheets more than once a week, one per cent of people admitted they were changed just once a year, while three per cent had no idea. Women were revealed to be the more lax of the two sexes when it came to bedroom hygiene. More than half do not clean their sheets weekly with 12 per cent changing their sheets once a month and one per cent admitting to never changing them at all. But 40 per cent of men, on the other hand, managed a weekly change, and a further eight per cent did it even more frequently than that. I can talk all day but if you don’t like changing and washing your beddings please make a descision to start doing so because it’s good for your hygiene.If you already do that and that’s good for you and keep it up.

I know almost everyone is being home because of the Pandemic.You can make descision to start taking care of where you sleep and make sure you have clean beddings.

I am wishing you all the best as you keep the precaution measures and stay safe.please let’s follow the instructions and together we will fight this.

HOW IS IT GOING THIS COVID-19 SEASON?

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As far as I know, different organisations safe across the world, including in my home Malawi, have been donating different medical appliances like hand sanitizer, face marks, testing kits just to make sure everyone is protected from infection.
Among the countries that have registered the virus, my country has just registered four cases for the first time on 4thApril. Two weeks ago, Malawian President Arthur Peter Mutharika implemented some measures to ensure the public’s safety including closing all schools as well as encouraging companies to let their staff work from home.

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Malawi is also praying for total healing of the whole universe that we all love.
I eavesdropped some young ladies in the bus when I was going home from work, saying: “You know what girl, closing the colleges will not do us good and some of us will end up getting pregnant. What else can we do if we are not going to school?”. One of the girls queried.
In response the friend looked to her friend saying this virus has hit us hard, you can’t even venture into business because it has also affected the business sector. We are really going to be sluggish and I don’t want to get pregnant and they all laughed.
And I thought about what was said and I agreed that the virus has really hit us hard in many ways but that should not let us go down as it is going down.
Since the first case as of now, we have lost many people worldwide and everyone is afraid. But we have hope that together we can fight and end this pandemic.
To my fellow young people who are home back from different colleges or workplaces across the world; please you can use this time to reflect on other aspects of your life.
I am sure you can find one of few things you can do to change the lives of other around you instead of just sitting around moping and complaining. I gathered out some few things that can help someone during this season while being isolated from the different activities that we are used to.
*Start a journal or blog. Sure, it can be about the coronavirus, but it could also be about a specific interest from chess to cheese.

*If it won’t bother your neighbours, dust off that old instrument and practice.

*Watch all the really long movies you’ve avoided until now.

*Face masks, moisturizer, oh my! Treat yourself to a 10-step skin care routine you don’t have time for during a normal work week.

*Have a roommate meeting about how to be more considerate of one other, especially while you will likely be spending more time together. Bring baked goods.
Bake those goods.
*Try out at-home aerobics or yoga videos. Consider downloading a fitness app with curated workout playlist
*Take time to reflect: What have you accomplished in the last year? What goals are you setting for yourself in the next year?

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*Write a short story or get started on that novel.
Finally get around to fixing that broken door knob and loose tile or cleaning scuffed up walls.
*Go on a health kick and learn how to cook new recipes with ingredients you may not be using already, from miso to tahini.
Make a list of things for which you are grateful.
*Work on your financial planning, such as exploring whether to refinance your loan or ways to save more money.
*Stop procrastinating and do your income taxes.
*Rearrange your furniture to make it seem like your home is a totally different space.
*Memorize the periodic table. You never know when that will come in handy.
*Apply for a new job. You have remote work experience now.
*Pray to God, he can hear us when we cry.
And one of my favourite bloggers in his article said it’s tough to stay motivated during this time. The longer social distancing will last, the harder it will get. But we must go on.
What’s the other option? If you think about it, there’s only one viable option in life. And that’s moving forward no matter what.
No one said it was easy to get through this pandemic. Most countries are not even close to the peak. We’re still weeks away. So, let’s get motivated to overcome this.
Thanks for your time and let’s get connected and don’t forget to wash our hands frequently and follow all precautional measures and my prayers goes to the families affected by this pandemic.
Be blessed and stay safe, BE RESPONSIBLE

ITS QUARTER PAST 2020, HOW IS IT?

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At the Maphunziro 265 workshop

Time after time, I sit down and evaluate the things that I have been up to. For the past two years, I was not partaking in many activities that would involve me socializing with different people and that was by choice.
I told myself that this year, in each and every month, I should learn something new. And I have included that in the list of my 2020 goals. I have told myself to learn more from different people who are more advanced in years and even those younger than I am.
It took me time to get myself together and see how I can strategise and help myself on how I can learn better. The first step, I told myself to attend different conferences or workshops that will help me grow. I have also told myself to work up very early in the morning; I am working so hard to accomplish this because I am not a morning person.

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That’s me in attendance at the workshop.

Last month I attended a workshop organized by Maphuziro 265, which took place on 29 February, at Latitude Hotel, in Lilongwe. I must say this is one of the best workshops that I have attended in a long time.
First of all, when I saw the flier of the show on my friend’s status, I told myself I would participate and when I asked around, I was convinced that it was a must attend conference. The reason I got attracted to this workshop was the theme which said; “Young Professional Women’s Mixer.” This is an event that brings together young professional women. According to Tendai of Maphuziro 265, there is a huge gap between them (professional women and novices) in terms knowledge and skills, and we lack spaces where we can come together as ladies, put our titles aside and learn from each other as sisters.

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The MC Tendai who is also Co-founder of Maphuziro 265.

When I saw the line-up of the speakers and the topics, I told my friends about this event; and none of them seemed interested but that did not stop me from registering. Fast forward to the event, I must say this was one of the workshops I have ever attended. I loved the sessions and the speakers themselves.

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The first speaker, Chisomo Kumwenda.

The first to speak was Chisomo Kumwenda, a lawyer by profession, who talked about labour laws and Gender equality in the work place. She tackled on issues that I see as normal but they are very wrong. For example, she said young women should never apologize to anyone about their dreams because they can do anything and be happy.

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The ladies listening to the talks

She also talked about unwanted sexual favours, sexual harassment at work place. There are many times when a woman can get a job because of her potential and qualifications but some men may want to take an advantage, by dangling an opportunity for work or promotion in exchange with sex.
“You don’t need to lower yourself for that. If something like that happens you need to talk to the authorities. If you don’t trust them, talk to someone who can help you even if they are not from your working place, make sure you speak out.”

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Ngabaghila Chatata who was the second speaker.

The second speaker, who was my favourite, was Ngabaghila Chatata. What I loved about her was the fact that she is a pastor’s wife, she holds a higher position at her work place and she is co-founder of an agribusiness company with her husband. I was so enthused to hear a story from a 40-year-old lady, with four children, and doing so much in this country. I must admit that I kept on saying; “this woman is blessed and her husband and family must be blessed.”

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The last one to speak was Lusungu and I just treasured her vibe. Every time she was speaking, she could demonstrate so that we get whatever she was saying clearly. She talked about social media and networking. Through her, I learnt that we have opportunities around us and we just have to learn how to play our cards. People are making money on social media while others just use it as a platform to have fun.
Big up to Tendai and the whole team of Mamphunziro 265 for bringing up such good things. We really need more of these because I was tired of workshops that talked about the same things. I think we need something that can transform young people to be better and be responsible citizens.

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We are young today and we should work for tomorrow, so let’s make good decisions on how we are going to transform our lives for the better. As for me, I won’t wait for somebody to give me an opportunity but I have promised myself to invest in myself and create an opportunity where it seems impossible.
Learn from other people. It really helps.

Be Grateful!

Look now am checking at my calendar and I am surprised it is the 1st of March, Gosh it’s been four weeks and I haven’t posted anything on my blog. Anyway thanks for coming in to check this, I trust you are doing quite well.

I am doing great and this four weeks that I was silent here, alot has happened but most of all I just wanted to say I am grateful for this life of mine.

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You know how most of the times we feel intimidated with everything happening arround our lives causing us to forget the most important things that are happening everyday in our lives.

As I said that alot of things has happened, one of the happenings was a realese of my new single, I do sing in case you didn’t know. This song is so special to me and am so glad that it is out there and so grateful to God that I was able to do that song.

The song is titled ‘Missing you’ and it is a tribbute for my friend Farai Mambelera who passed in 2017, may her soul continue to rest in peace. This girl was just like a sister to me and really learnt alot from her especially my prayer life. She was more than a best friend and words fail me to express our friendship and sisterhood so I thought of doing a song just to appreciate and express the union we had.

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Artwork for the song, missing you

Some may argue to say, why doing a song for someone who is no longer with us, but then I feel like there are things many of us don’t want to imagine them happening and death is one of those things.

So I did the song just to appreciate  her. To me she was an awesome friend and she was a good friend to many people. Farai loved people and was loved by many including her dear family.

Releasing that song it’s a great stride  to me and also to my music career. You can get the song using this link _ https://uzimuvibes.weebly.com/news/missing-you_faith_kayz_free-mp3-download and enjoy😀

Then in the month of February I turned 25, that was on 10th. I really feel good and happier. I don’t have alot to say but I am grateful especially for the people that I love and my closest friends who are always there to support me.

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This is me on my birthday

I really had a great time on my birthday night, in the morning hours of that day I was at work and we had a supper at mugg and bean restraunt at City Mall here in Lilongwe in the evening. I was so happy because I had 3 cakes including my boyfriend’s who organised so much presents and send them through a friend from Blantyre city where he stays to Lilongwe. It really added something on my day and am so happy that I am 25 and grateful.
My father and Mother went to be with the Lord at the age of 7 and 8 respectively and I never expected that I will grow up and be like the Woman I am today. For the journey and everything I just want to say, “thank you God because I know everything I have is because of him.”

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Together with my friends on my birthday, So grateful

Some times we think we have whatever we have because of our ability and hard working spirit but it’s just the work of The Almighty God that we are what we are today.  Be Grateful to your life everyday and you will see what God does.

As I said alot has happened in the period of four weeks ,One day I was going to work and I was in a public bus and I saw a mad man behind the Lilongwe bridge who was cooking using the milk tins and eating the stuff that you and I would never eat. Myself and those who were in the bus looked at this man and a voice came out from some old woman saying, “we need to be grateful to God for the clean food we have and we should stop complaining”.

We might not have everything but,the air we breathe, the clean water we drink and all the opportunities that we have had and still having let’s be grateful and thankful to the Almighty.
Stop complaining and count your blessings one by one and look at each day with a blessed heart.

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Thank God for Your family not everyone has them, be grateful for your Job because someone is crying to God for that same opportunity, be grateful for your talent, be grateful for today and count your blessings one by one and face the day with a smile that you have had many battles won and you are not afraid anymore.

What have u been up to in 2020 and what are you grateful for?
Enjoy your week!!!

Chilembwe the Hero!

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John Chilembwe

Every 15th January,  Malawians from all walks of life commemorates John Chilembwe Day, a national holiday and day of remembrance for one of the country’s greatest sons.

There are few figures as revered in the country as this former church pastor who in 1915 revolted against the white colonialists.
For years, the conversation over Chilembwe, who founded the Providence Industrial Mission (PIM) church in Chiladzulo focussed on separating myths and facts from Chilembwe’s legacy. But recently, as the country struggle with under development and poverty, 53 years after Chilembwe’s dream of self-rule was achieved, the debate has changed.
Over Chilembwe day, I overheard an interesting conversation by some young people around town.
One of the young men bitterly complained that Chilembwe rushed his uprising, before the country was ready for self-rule.
“Adah a Chilembwe aja anali aphuma (Chilembwe’s move was rushed)” said one of the young men.
He explained: “He could have waited for colonialists to help this country first in (building) infrastructure and other  developments. Look at how rich South Africa is and we are just in the middle of nowhere as a country while we wait for donors to be fund us.”
I looked at this guy, likely  in his early 20s and asked him what does he know about Chilembwe’s uprising.
He described Chilembwe in his response as “this pastor who was trying to fight with the whites to be a president and got himself killed.”

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John Chilembwe his wife Idah and their child

It’s not a strange for people to punch holes in Chilembwe’s legacy or history.
Some people have criticized Chilembwe for starting the uprising without proper military preparation, citing the fact that it failed.
Increasingly, though, the arguments that is being advanced is that the nation could have benefited from the whites for infrastructure developments.
But the arguments like above are not based entirely on facts.
Such arguments, too, should not be allowed to distract us from the main reasons why we celebrate Chilembwe’s legacy, why he is on the money or deserve to be considered a national hero.
Born in 1871 (he died in 1915), the Baptist trained Pastor had a vision of nationhood way before future anti-colonial fighters came on the scene.
Educated and trained as a minister in the United states of America, he returned to Nyasaland in 1901 to end the near slavery conditions that Malawians were subjected to via the Thangata labour system.
Those conditions were segregation and discrimination of the highest order. They were also humiliating to the victims. They also aimed at discouraging blacks of the idea that they can achieve anything.
History tells us Chilembwe was an early figure in the resistance to colonialism in Nyasaland (Malawi), opposing both the treatment of Africans working in agriculture on European-owned plantations and the colonial government’s failure to promote the social and political advancement of Africans.
Soon after the outbreak of the First World War, Chilembwe organized an unsuccessful uprising against colonial rule.
In 1900 Chilembwe returned to Nyasaland, in his own words, “to labour amongst his benighted race”.

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The last known photo of John Chilembwe (left) taken in 1914 about a year before his death. Wikipedia

Backed financially the National Baptist Convention of America who also provided two American Baptist helpers until 1906, Chilembwe started his Providence Industrial Mission(P.I.M.) in Chiradzulu district and in its first decade, the mission developed slowly, assisted by regular small donations from his American backers, and Chilembwe founded several schools, which by 1912 had 1,000 pupils and 800 adult students.
He preached the values of hard-work, self-respect and self-help to his congregation and, although as early as 1905. He used his church position to deplore the condition of Africans in the protectorate, he initially avoided specific criticism of the government that might be thought subversive.
However, by 1912 or 1913, Chilembwe had become more politically militant and openly voiced criticism over the state of African land rights in the Shire Highlands and of the conditions of labour tenants there, particularly on the A. L. Bruce Estates.
It has also been claimed that Chilembwe preached a form of Millenarianism and that this may have influenced his decision to initiate an armed uprising in 1915.
The whole main reason of his Uprising was to fight for freedom for his people, Africa for Africa. He didn’t like to see his people working in the white’s farm and receive peanuts’, Chilembwe wanted black people to enjoy their rights and be free in their land.
We might not have all the beautiful infrastructures in our country as of now but we can see people speaking their minds dressing the way they want, being in better position without a white a man looking down on us.

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John Chilembwe on a 500 Malawi Kwacha Note.

We are on the contrary poor and underdeveloped because we have betrayed the genuine spirit of patriotism and self reliance that Chilembwe fought for.
Before we conclude that Chilembwe’s mission failed, let’s remember that all subsequent freedom fighters who followed Chilembwe have cited the pastor as their inspiration.
Chilembwe might have failed militarily but his ideas outlasted him.
The big question now is what have we done with the freedom which Chilembwe longed for?
University of Livistonia political scientists George Phiri argues that whatever position may have, one of Chilembwe’s enviable qualities remains the bravery displayed in the face of the white rule and this was one quality the nation ought to emulate going forward.
Much as everyone is entitled to their opinion, I would still not join the bandwagon in critising Chilembwe.
He did what a leader ought to do. He led by example and did his best with the little resources.
All in all, the life of John Chilembwe is worthy celebrating, as a young person I believe we need people who can act on their dreams and not just talking. There are lessons about courage and sacrifice.

SHAKE OFF THAT PROCASTINATION HOMIE!

Day 12 of 2020 and am doing just fine and still have the vibe of the new year and its okay to have that jovial mood I mean it’s 2020.If you had a chance to read my last article on my blog I said planning on whatever you want to achieve is very important.

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 Last week I was talking to one of my friends and I realized that this year is not different from 2019 or the rest of all the years I have been on earth. What makes it different is the way you will handle whatever comes on your way and how you have planned it.
I have set and jot down my goals and I am ready to go but there is just one thing that always triggers me and I know most of us struggles with Procrastination and you and I need to stand up and fight this disease if we really need change and have good results in this year.

Procrastination is the avoidance of doing a task that needs to be accomplished by a certain deadline. It could be further stated as a habitual or intentional delay of starting or finishing a task despite knowing it might have negative consequences according to Wikipedia.
So if you had no idea of what procrastination is you now know what you need to shake off. The habit of just changing on your plans, I will do it tomorrow, later or next time. HOMIE SHAKE IT OFF!

Procrastination is a trap that many of us fall into. In fact, according to researcher and speaker Piers Steel , 95 percent of us procrastinate to some degree. While it may be comforting to know that you’re not alone, it can be sobering to realize just how much it can hold you back.

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University of Washington, Managing Procastination. Photo: Nicole Pasia

Procastination is often confused with laziness, but they are very different. It is an active process – you choose to do something else instead of the task that you know you should be doing. In contrast, laziness  suggests apathy, inactivity and an unwillingness to act.
Procrastination usually involves ignoring an unpleasant, but likely more important task, in favor of one that is more enjoyable or easier. But giving in to this impulse can have serious consequences. For example, even minor episodes of procrastination can make us feel guilty or ashamed. It can lead to reduced productivity and cause us to miss out on achieving our goals.
If we procrastinate over a long period of time, we can become demotivated and disillusioned with our work, which can lead to depression and even job loss, in extreme cases.

The good thing is there are ways how procrastination can be overcome and do better in our planning and be organized. Below are some of the ways that can help us to overcome procrastination.

1.KEEP A TO DO LIST-This will prevent you from “conveniently” forgetting about those unpleasant or overwhelming tasks.

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To do list, tika.ai

2.PRIOTISE YOUR TO DO LIST using Eisenhower’s Urgent/Important Principle . This will enable you to quickly identify the activities that you should focus on, as well as the ones you can ignore.

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Smead, Prioritizing What to Do Now vs. What to Do Later

3.BECOME A MASTER OF SCHEDULING AND PROJECT PLANNING.
If you have a big project or multiple projects on the go and you don’t know where to start, these tools can help you to plan your time effectively, and reduce your stress levels.

4.TACLE THE HARDEST TASKS AT YOUR PEAK TIMES
Do you work better in the morning or the afternoon? Identify when you’re most effective, and do the tasks that you find most difficult at these times.

5.SET YOURSELF TIME-BOUND GOALS
Setting yourself specific deadlines to complete tasks will keep you on track to achieve your goals, and will mean that you have no time for procrastination!

6.USE TASKS AND TIME MANAGEMENT APPS
There are numerous apps designed to help you to be more organized, such as Trello and Toggl, for example.
If you’re prone to delaying projects because you find them overwhelming, try breaking them down into more manageable chunks. Organize your projects into smaller tasks and focus on starting them, rather than on finishing them.

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Best Productivity Apps and Tools :By Frank Miller

This is how we can choose to win in this New Year of 2020. Let us get it straight. We all need change but not everyone is willing to to what it takes to change. Be part of the few who are going to make tremendous strides this yeare by shaking off Procastination. Have a great week!