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"Culture is the heritage of us all. some may be more interested than others in the treasures of the past, but no one can fail to take a pride in his country's participation in the story of mankind, as represented in carvings, sculpture, music, paintings and the other arts. And there is a personal commitment to this, for no man can really say he is alone: we are all joined through our identity, with the cultures which are part of the mainstream of life"
- Simon Kapwepwe, Zambian Independence Freedom Fighter

"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm" - Winston Churchill

"Try to be the rainbow in someone else's cloud" - Maya Angelou

"Your time is limited so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinion drown out your inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition" - Steve Jobs

Friday, 18 October 2013

Zambia Fashion Week Grande Finale Tomorrow!

So I will be live tweeting from Zambia Fashion Week's Grand Finale thanks to Jewel of Africa, who have a booth and will showcase some serious glittery eye-candy with their beautiful world class jewelry on the catwalk and have pieces on sale all 3 days.  iPad hook-up from Lusaka Voice too :).  Please find information above about the event, organised by Karen Nakawala of Afro Multi-Media Productions.

So I bought 3 pairs of shoes to choose from to complete look for tomorrow, now broke! Was only meant to get a pair and got drunk with the selection of shoes in my size as usually don't find sizes smaller than UK 6-7 in abundance.  Was once told by a sales assistant that maybe I should shop in the kiddies section! Ummm, rocking pink polka dotted Hello Kitty shoes? Think I'll leave my niece to rock those...

Here are some of the Zambian designers who have been mainstays at ZFW.  Designers from Zimbabwe and  Malawi will also be showcasing.  For more information on all the designers go to Zambia Fashion Week on Facebook and Twitter and check out hashtag #ZedFW2013.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Twit Tuesday: Zed Childhood Trip Down Memory Lane

My older sister, me,  my younger sister and my Aunty Stella.  Classic
African picture taking with a car.  Why do we love to do that?! ;}
I have always looked back fondly at my childhood in Zambia.  This picture was taken in 1989 before we moved to Kenya in 1990.  Even though we lived in a socialist country, with basic goods scarce, and as we transitioned to democracy, attempted coups and riots common, life was good.  I had (and still have) a loving family and was connected with my extended family in a way that has been lost due to the peripatetic Afropolitan lifestyle that evolved from 1990 onwards.  This Twit Tuesday is my favourite kind of mix: part insight, part nonsense.  Enjoy this storified curation of conversations I had with fellow Zambians about growing up in our beautiful country:

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Twit Tuesday Debut: Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon and #Hastags

@jacqu3isawesome and I (@whoops_c) a day
later at BongoHive after  Asikana Network's
 film shoot with BBC Africa
 Let me preface this post by saying that yes, I have succumbed to Twitter, but no I will never be a Twit.  I need to reiterate that coz though Twitter has made blogging easier, it still can be the bane of my existence: for the last two weeks have been all up in Twitter for various media consulting gigs and almost okay, let's be honest, I lost my mind.  I could not be chagrined from from afar like before when I would tuka it while not on it personally.  It was all up in my face close!  Too close for comfort. While my views towards this social media platform have softened, I still maintain the view that much of what is curated on that site is created by Twits and is unnecessary communication stored in the ether.  However, I have decided I am a Twix, because I am chocolatey and hope I provide tasty morsels, be they insightful and/ or silly, for people to enjoy.  Plus, it sounds like something you'd call a midget like myself.  For y'all PC peeps, it sounds like something you would call someone who is vertically challenged, or if like me, you don't like that term as it sounds like you have something lacking, it sounds like something you'd call someone who's petite.  Gone all French and fancy on ya.  You're welcome ;}.

However, despite being a Twix I am debuting the Twit Tuesday tag as Twit sounds catchier and is more about capturing the silliness that can randomly magically occur on Twitter, that is unparalleled on any other social media platform I currently utilise.  This is the recounting of the welcome craziness that occurred mid-week, during the second week of my 12 day work week, that started two weeks ago.  At this point my social media use for work had reached fever pitch and I was constantly having nervous breakdowns from overexposure.  I will leave Twitter to tell the tale:

@MissChissy of @AsikanaNetwork and
@lskglobalshaper joined in and we took a
 photo the next day to commemorate
the previous night's silliness :)
While Jacqueline set me off, another Asikana lady, co-founder and all around badass, Global Shaper Chisenga joined in releasing the cray cray in me.  As much as I appreciate her supporting me, this maybe was not one of those times she should have obliged.  Here is a recounting of the equally nonsensical, parallel convo that happened after Jacqueline set us all off.  Follow this kooky nut: Jacqueline is a breath of fresh air on Twitter.  A lovely young woman in person to boot :).