PEARLS OF CHILDHOOD

The Principle of believing in your child I CHOSE THE WRONG CHILD FOR A ROYAL TASK  All children are gifted. It is their duty of parents to nurture the gift so that each child can lead a fulfilled life. Each child can make use of their gift to benefit themselves and others around them. The gift fits into the bigger picture of the life the family, the community, the nation and ultimately contributes to the world. All children are meant to have an exceptional future. All they need is someone…

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NEW YEAR – MAKE READING YOUR LIFESTYLE

  I have come across a lot of New Year’s resolutions – impressive. I mean many people have really raised the bar very high, year in – year out. That is okay. It is important to have expectations and to set goals; if you can work hard to achieving all that has been planned. However, it is sad to notice that something very important usually misses out on most Zambian New Year resolutions-reading! Of course, some people will say that if their resolution is to go to college or university,…

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CULTURE, SYMBOLS, TRADITIONS, RELIGION IN CREATIVE WRITING

TOWARD A ZAMBIAN GENRE: On developing the literary arts with a focus on creative writing   One of the things that makes West African writing outstanding is the usage of their cultural values and symbols. In fact, beyond Africa, the inclusion of cultural values, traditional symbols and religion have made great movies. A lot of powerful themes have been developed around what people believe in; from popular books like, ‘Things Fall Apart’, ‘River Between’ to myths and legends in ‘Lord of the Rings’ or the Harry Porter series. Therefore, what…

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TOWARD A ZAMBIAN GENRE-On developing the literary arts in Zambia, with a focus on creative writing!

TOWARD A ZAMBIAN GENRE-On developing the literary arts, with a focus on creative writing AUDIENCE SATISFACTION Although it is said that you cannot please everybody, a creative writer has the almost impossible task of ‘pleasing’ would be readers. It is necessary to ask what the target audience is. Answering this question alone requires that the writer pays attention to the finer requirements of writing so that, even though we cannot please everybody, your writing will not only be rated highly but will provide the entertainment too. Every reader has their own preferred reading list; some readers fall in love with the writer- the…

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Bike Culture In Chipata

BIKE CULTURE – CHIPATA  Kafula Mwila From as early as four in the morning you will see them speeding or slowing, you will see them ascending or descending or you will see them carrying passengers or goods. These are the bicycles of Chipata that have now been embedded in the lifestyle and culture of the people of Eastern Province.  The Chipata city council estimates that there are 20,000 registered bicycles but there could be more especially in the rural areas of the district. But how did this culture begin? How…

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EYE OF THE NEEDLE TRAVEL WRITER’S JOURNAL Inspiring creative writing through travel and photography The principle behind the ‘eye of the needle’ is making sacrifices and in the case of the lesson that the Lord Jesus Christ gave, it was about making the ultimate sacrifice for one to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. A young man came to him to try and understand how he could enter the Kingdom of God. “Teacher, what good thing must I do to obtain eternal life?” Jesus said, “If you want to be perfect,…

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