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

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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Biete Maryam

Biete Maryam TRAVEL WRITER’S JOURNAL Inspiring creative writing through travel and photography  Biete Maryam (All photos taken by Kafula Mwila: www.kafulamwila.com ) On the 28th of July annually the people gather in the courtyard of Biete Maryam (House of Mary) to celebrate the Day of the Virgin Mary. Men and women gather around the priests and monks who lead in the prayers that are punctuated with chants, clinging of bells and playing of the kebero by the deacons. The men form the inner circle and sit on a carpeted section…

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ST. GIYORGIS

ST GIYORGIS TRAVEL WRITER’S JOURNAL Inspiring creative writing through travel and photography ST GIYORGIS Biete Giyorgis – said to be the most finely executed and well preserved Also known as St. George, the church is believed to have been the last to be constructed. According to myth, King Gebre Mesqel Lalibela constructed this master piece after receiving instruction from God. This cultural belief could be related to the biblical account of Noah, who received instruction from God to build an Ark. Biete Giyorgis is a replica of the Ark, with…

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PILGRIMAGE TO LALIBELA

PILGRIMAGE TO LALIBELA TRAVEL WRITER’S JOURNAL Inspiring creative writing through travel and photography PILGRIMAGE TO LALIBELA When you disembark from the aircraft at the small airport up north of Ethiopia, the pilot will give you the most welcoming message, which is spoken with great pride. He will finish off the message with “Enjoy Lali! Indeed it is a message that marks the beginning of a journey into a rich history, culture and religion that spans many centuries. Lalibela, which is located in the Amhara region, is a mountainous town which…

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PILGRIMAGE TO LALIBELA When you disembark from the aircraft at the small airport up north of Ethiopia, the pilot will give you the most welcoming message, which is spoken with great pride. He will finish off the message with “Enjoy Lali! Indeed it is a message that marks the beginning of a journey into a rich history, culture and religion that spans many centuries. Lalibela, which is located in the Amhara region, is a mountainous town which is about 700 kilometers away from the capital city Addis Ababa; you can…

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