Month: May 2018

Africa in its glory..

Africa is known as the second largest and second most populous continent in the world. It covers 6% of the Earth’s total surface area and 20% of its total land area. It is considered to be the oldest inhabited territory on Earth and it is known for hosting a large diversity of ethnicities, cultures and language. Africa has 54 recognised states and 2 states whose independence is disputed (Western Sahara and Somaliland). From Cape to Cairo, Africa has some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.

Being the proud African I am, today’s post focuses on the beautiful side of Africa.The Africa the media fails to show the world- Africa with cascading rivers, majestic mountains and beautiful people all courtesy of the GREATEST ARTIST OF ALL TIME (GOD).

P.S: These are not in any particular order and feel free to share some of yours.

1.Lake Rebta or Lac Rose (Senegal)

Lake Rebta or Lac Rose (meaning Pink Lake) lies north of the Cap Vert peninsula of Senegal which is in northwest Africa. It is named for its pink waters caused by Dunaliella Saline algae (a type of green micro-algae Especially found in sea salt fields) and it is known for its high salt content, up to 40% in some areas.

2.Lalibela (Ethiopia)

Lalibela is a town in the Amhara region of northern Ethiopia. It is known for its distinctive rock-cut churches dating from the 12th and 13th centuries, which are pilgrimage sites (a place where the Coptic Christians go in search of moral or significance). Carved out of a rock, the subterranean monoliths include huge Bete Medhane Alem and cross-shaped Bete Giyorgis. It is one of Ethiopia’s holiest cities, second only to Aksum (one of the oldest continuously inhabited place in Africa)

3.Maluti  and AfriSki Mountains (Lesotho)

Lesotho is one of the 4 countries which experiences snow in the whole of Africa with Algeria, South Africa and Morrocco. It is the coldest country in Africa and is the only independent state in the world that lies entirely above 1 000 metres in elevation, its lowest point of 1 400 metres is, therefore, the highest in the world. In June the temperatures go below 0 degrees Celsius and regular snowfalls are common in mountainous areas.

4.Mosi-oa-tunya aka Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

Mosi-oa-Tunya meaning “The Smoke that Thunders” is one of the world’s highest waterfalls in southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. It is one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. The Zambezi River in which the falls pour is the largest river in southern Africa and it flows across Zambia, Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique until it reaches the Indian Ocean.550 million litres of water drops 93m every minute over the cliff into the Zambezi River.

5.Mount Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)

Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano in Tanzania with three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. It is the largest mountain in Africa and it is one of the “Seven Summits” of the world. The volcanic mountain last erupted 150 000 years ago. It is the largest mountain outside of South America, making it the second highest in the world after Mount Everest. Around 25 000 people climb Mount Kilimanjaro each year, but only 2/3 of these actually reach the summit.

Thus far

Due to exams, I will not be able to post as much as I am ought too. You can tell by the way my Short Story section is “dry”, it has been hectic. So I will make this post brief and share with you the books I have managed to read from the beginning of the year to this day.

1.Dreams of my Father: Barack Obama

This book was my second biography (after Anne Frank), I loved how he explained and talked about his confusion and conflict towards his identity. Was he black or was he white? He also talks about his squabble with religion. If he believed there was a God and if he was also for him. He is very candid and it helps you see and understand that he is as human as all of us. His first heartbreak, losing his father and later getting to know and understand his qualms through his sister. Highly recommended.

2.The Autobiography of Malcolm X: Malcolm X

This book I have found to be both hilarious and heartbreaking at the same time. Malcolm X was brought up from a broken home and his life spiralled out of control as he grew up. One may find it hard to believe this man left school at 8th grade (which I am guessing is Form One in African countries) due to his jargon and skill. He has deemed a demagogue and accuses of polarising the community. What I admire about this incredible man were his courage and confidence. Malcolm X would talk you out of believing your own name is yours. He was a great orator and exceptional debater. His courage was exhibited after his pilgrimage when he came back and told over 2 million black people that what he had been teaching them was wrong and he now had the correct information. If that is not courage, I do not know what is. Highly recommended.

3.The Bluest Eyes: Toni Morrison

I managed to finish this book in less than 4 days, not only because it is not as thick as most of her books but it spoke to me in a way. I literally cried, laughed and at one point threw the book across the room. It makes you “feel” and “see” what is written. This was my first experience reading a Toni Morrison book. It spoke to the little girl in me, the girl with a million questions as to why she is not good enough, pretty enough. The ending broke my heart, felt like hugging the girl in the book but at the same time she mirrored the wounded girl in me. Read at your own risk.

4.Rich Dad, Poor Dad: Robert T Kiyosaki

Aaaah, money, saving and assets-a language I never used to understand. I bought this book after a friend of mine had talked about this book since high school. I did not think it was for me but more of a “man thing”.AS IF!! Financial literacy is for everyone. Only after reading this book did I realise I have a poor man’s mentality-work to spend and not work to save. I love the fact that the jargon is pretty much basic and simple. He takes you to step by step on how to save, what to save for and invest in. I am midway through this book but so far, I know more than I did before. In other words, it is a How to Save for dummies book. Supercalifragilisticexpalidously recommended.

5.The Little Book of Feminist Saints: Julia Pierpont

I read this book out of confusing really. I was at crossroads as to whether I am a feminist or a womanist or what. I wanted to know and understand what I personally think and believe is true from my own perspective. Needless to say, I am still at crossroads. There are things I relate to and some I completely disagree with. As a Christian too I had to really ponder on it (P.S I am for submitting to my husband because I know submission does not control. Submission is how Jesus submitted to God. God did not make Jesus submit out of fear..there was love and they are One. They are a team. And at the same time, I am for being independent, having your own and not wait for approval from someone to do something.)I am still wrapping my head around it because submission has been redesigned and redefined its as good as a cuss word. I still revisit this book here and there because there are people I admire: Maya Angelou, Anne Frank, Wangaari Matha, Nina Simone, Ada Lovelace and so forth. Give it a try.

I will just give a list of the books I am going to be reading this year. I have dedicated this year to autobiographies. They interest me so much because you get to personify the character, walk with them through their journey and relate in a way.

.1.Martin Luther King

2.Harriet Tubman

3.Nelson Mandela

4.Mahatma Gandhi

5.Benizar Bhutto

6.Maya Angelou

7.Angela Davis

8.Princess Diana of Wales

9.James Baldwin

10.Frederick Douglas

Please feel free to share some of the books you have read.

Just..

The other day whilst asking God on what my next week’s blog should be about, I was a bit conflicted about what He told me to write about. Only because its another topic which hits home. Be happy for others even if they get what you want.

It is quite hard to be happy for someone who has that car you want, got that place at the University you dreamt of, has the life you think you want and all sorts. I had to examine my heart if I really mean it when I say to a friend or family member: I am happy for you! They are easy words to say but hard to mean.

So I prayed for God to strengthen me..to just rest in the moment of being happy for others. Not pout about when it will be my turn or time-but just be happy for others. Truly and honestly happy for someone-no strings attached. This is something I want to be disciplined in for the rest of my life. What if I do not end up getting what I think I want? Am I going to pout and hate others or ask God for redirection? For all, I know maybe what I have been praying or hoping for is not part of His will for me.

There is so much joy in being happy for others without thinking…What about me? Try it, it will totally change your life.

1 Peter 4:8-9~Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.

1 John 3:18~

Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.

The daily process

I am the kind of Christian who finds it hard to pray sometimes. Who finds it hard to read the Bible or be gentle and kind. I have days I just do not want to be nice mind you, I have realised at times I resort to blaming it all on the devil but honestly, sometimes it is because I fail to die to myself. I have moments when I want my flesh to win than to yield to the Holy Spirit.

As a young person growing in Christ, most times I get to a point I feel like maybe God is not really for everyone. I see people around me having what I want or what I have prayed for long. It is quite disheartening and there are days (fewer now than before) I feel like maybe I am a second class citizen to God.

I am growing from this mentality but I have noticed that when I push something at the back of my mind-be it emotions of jealousy, envy, lust etc when they come back again when faced with temptation, they will be stronger than before. It is sad that I never really seem to learn. I have days even months when I will only be complaining about my life situation-how am not where I suppose to be or should be. How people my age are doing amazing and world-changing things and I am..just basic. It has killed my faith and hopes most times. I throw pity parties for myself and I even stop reaching out to God..all because WHY DO I NOT HAVE WHAT I HAVE BEEN PRAYING FOR or WHY ME?

Why am I going through this? What did we (black people) do to offend the world so much? Why did I (a dark-skinned black girl) do to be labelled loud and bitter before I am given a chance to be myself? Why my family?Why?Why?WHY?These are some of the questions that run through my mind on a loop and I never really take time to see where they are emerging from or what they make me do. I guess it is because I have come to believe that Christianity is about perfection and always being on cloud 9…IT IS NOT. It really gets tough sometimes.. it is not always, “OMG God is so great” (not that He is not). We struggle and go through a lot too. IT IS A DAILY PROCESS.

I am writing this post to expose my weakness because that is when He is made strong. It is quite a hard truth to believe and hold on too, but God does everything for a reason. All that we are going through, it is not for OUR glory (why me) but all for His glory. Our lives are His canvas, where He paints the perfect picture but it never starts out perfect-it is perfected along the way. At times we end up in a bad situation only because we end up making our own plans and not listening to what He has planned for us. However because He is a loving Father, He is always there to guide and lead us when we stray. He sees it all, the injustice, the strife, diseases and every blow that brings us back to our knees when we try to get back again. Just like most people, I have asked the question: WHERE IS GOD? DOES HE NOT SEE THIS? DOES HE CARE? And yes He does care, I am certain it breaks His heart seeing His children suffer from all ends f the earth. He looks horrified at how we turn against each other but I got to realise, He is holding back because His love is as strong as His rage. He is waiting for all to be saved-all races, gender and ages. He will not let us perish without us knowing or hearing about Him.

2 Peter 3:9~The Lord is not slow in keeping His promises, as some understand slowness. Instead, He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Joshua 1 v 8-9: Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips, meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

2 Corinthians 12 v 9-11~My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness”.Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weakness, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecution and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

You will have days when you will be tested, pushed and pulled. When you will question your entire existence. Those days will surely come-that is a guarantee but let us learn and thrive to caste all our thoughts and burdens unto God. To have time to talk to Him and get to know Him personally. Let us not wait for Sunday or any other church day to talk to Him. Constantly and fervently talk and seek Him. He is not a feeling or an episode of goosebumps during praise and worship. He is a Father who loves us unconditionally and willingly enough to die for us. He is a Holy God who is steadfast in love and slow in anger.

I pray I keep growing and bare my cross-that I press towards what is ahead not what I face now. I pray we walk together and encourage each other on this journey.

I will post a couple of videos and a book that has helped me and stretched my faith and my walk. Hope they help you too.