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Saudi Arabia announced yesterday they would allow women to compete in the London Olympics for the first time ever.

Although this is a step forward for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia they are unlikely to have many women qualify, however the sentiment is not lost on me. This coupled with the apparent change of position of the president elect in Egypt on the position of women may see a significant change in the fundamental treatment of women ( or treatment by fundamentalist) in some countires. 

I suppose this is where we should be thankful of the nature of capitalism and its desire for accumulation would simply not allow a significant percentage of the population to not be economically active. 

Peace and love 

60 Day plan

I was once told that what separates the successful from others is the ability to begin something and follow it through to its conclusion. And drawing inspiration from a Facebook friend of mine I have decided to begin blogging everyday for the next 60 days. This means that if this blog is posted today I will have until the 24th of September 2012 to blog .

I cannot guarantee the quality of the blog entries or even their length I guess this to me is just a proof of concept a test to see if I am the type of man that does have the ability to keep at something for an extended period of time. As for content I suppose it will contain just me really my thoughts ideas and any random number of things. 

So lets hope someone finds it interesting and even if not a single person does it will still serve some purpose. 

Now for the first blog post. 

Africa is not a country, but what if it was ? would the 54 different nations and their multitudes of ethnicities and languages have a chance at survival. We see so much division and fighting on the continent maybe it is time for it to become one country to do away with all our differences and fight the good fight, the fight agains poverty the fight against disease and of course the fight against discrimination.

In my lifetime I have been proud to describe myself as African and when I first thought about this statement ‘Africa is not a country’ my anger really was in what I perceived as ignorance stemming from the various populations that I have come across. But maybe I have propagated this misunderstanding by describing myself as African, I am Zimbabwean maybe I should stop saying I am african ? But I am African and we are African and African can mean success and Africa can be united

So I am saying I am African and Africa is a country. 

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the next generation of African leaders

The discussion is centred on what is the impact of an education abroad and its impact on leadership and development for the next generation of African leaders.

Hey my name is Tawanda Henry Biti as a student its seems we are defined by what we study so I’m currently studying a Bachelor of Laws, and Bachelor of international relations at Bond Uni in Australia. But education aside I am a disciple of history random facts are my party trick. When Munya asked me to put together a blog post on the subject I was a bit excited, I mean I am personally a member of the large African Diaspora studying abroad. I was going to put together a few personal anecdotes and then come to the conclusion that overall a foreign education is good for future and current African leaders. However I can never resist looking at any question historically and it lead me to realise that to do this topic justice it must be looked at holistically.

 

The African leader is an enigmatic character, and it’s difficult to begin to define what one truly is. B. W Mkapa the ex-president of Tanzania once said that the first generation of African political leaders exist in six categories, ‘the visionary idealists, the pragmatists, the incompetents, the military juntas, the tyrants and thieves, and a combination of two or more.’ Mkapa provides a somewhat pessimistic view of what it means to be an African leader, and what may be true for the first generation may not be true for the coming generations.

What is it that is going to differentiate this generation from the antecedent one? Immediately we can see the next generation of African leaders suffers a problem of definition, shall we continue to fall into one of Mkapa’s six categories or is there a seventh one that the new African leader must strive to attain? When we are at our respective universities we are investing in one of Africa’s most underdeveloped resources, and that is Human capital. Human capital increases not only our productivity but because it is so closely linked with social capital, social behaviour and most importantly leadership that if it remains underdeveloped Africa will remain underdeveloped.

Human capital, social networks, connections, acquaintances, or contacts constitute resources that we as individuals can use to pursue our interests and attain our goals. When combined with leadership positions these social resources can be used for the betterment of the nation. How one might ask? Well according to one study social capital built abroad during the leaders’ education period is often the latent link that establishes the direction of FDI from the world to Africa. In the absence of strong financial institutions and legal frameworks, it social bonds that provide guarantees to investors where contractual law may fail. Furthermore educated politicians generally can ensure a high quality of government because education significantly reduces the probability that an elected official uses his power opportunistically. 

So what really does an education abroad mean for the future of African leaders?  It means that they will have the social capital needed to make the interests of their countries relevant on a global scale. An education abroad will allow for the synthesis of African solutions along international standards. But will it alone ‘save’ Africa?   —No— “simba rehove ririmumvura” (the strength of the fish is in the water) an educated leader is vital but a healthy and educated population is more important. Very few of us have the opportunity to study abroad and if we indulge the fiction that we can somehow be the sole saviours of our continent without looking at those that will provide the base for the countries development we will soon fall into the trap of entitlement. A foreign education does not mean we are entitled to rule, we should not engage in elitism. We should instead seek to be enablers, the more Africans that have opportunities, the greater the investment in human capital, and we very often are in the position to be able to facilitate that investment. 

Zimbabwe – 31 years

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On this day 31 years ago a people who had been severely denied rights and had their lives condemned to meaningless slavery and abject poverty gained their sovereignity and for that we are grateful to God: happy 31st anniversary Zimbabwe;

Manifesto

We will not compromise who we are to be accepted by the crowd we want substance in the place of popularity we want to think our own thoughts we want love not lies we want knowledge understanding and peace we will not lose because we are not losers. We are the generation to bring back our country from the percipce. We will return home kings and queens of our destiny we will not stay as servants and slaves to our adopted homes. The future rests on our shoulders this is a burden we embrace for together our might is unsurrpassed our strength unmatched and our will to succeed unbreakable.

2011 – back from a hiatus

Good people, 2010 has come and gone and while many are
still in the process of reviewing the past year I believe it is an
apt time to begin to look at the year that we have embarked on. In
2011 my beloved country still faces many of the same challenges
that it has faced over the last decade, it is undeniable that there
has been progress in Zimbabwe especially in the latter part of the
decade however this progress has not been nearly enough for many in
2011 let us move forward even if it means going backwards because
progress comes with pain and change is inevitable.

MLAR

I am an African

at times when I feel unsure of myself or when I become disillusioned with the state of things here this is what I listen to.

Sunrise

Today thanks to the ever present jet lag I got up extra early to watch the sunrise, filled with all the excitement of someone that is truly trying to make the most out of a journey home. The sunrise was all I expected it to be, it was one of the most serene moments of my journey thus far, and then it occurred to me perhaps and I quote the ever prolific anonymous ‘We can only appreciate the miracle of a sunrise when we have experienced the darkness’

This one thought got me thinking about the wider context of the Zimbabwean situation. How there is so much potential here right now and even though things are not perfect in fact far from it, we as a nation can see the sun of the morning going down and the sunrise coming up. All too often the media coverage on Zimbabwe is very negative and that is fair there are lots of negative things, but I believe that the positives outweigh them. The question I always ask the people I meet is ‘iri sei nyika yendu iyi’ (how is our country doing) the answer I invariably get is ‘iri nani’ (it is better), although in the vernacular it is easy to brush this off it says a lot about the people and the situation. It seems that for a long time Zimbabweans hoped with nothing more than love, and now there is even more to base this hope upon.

I have seen the sunrise and in ways I have seen the good and the bad , my journey is showing me that no matter how much happens its hard to break the Zimbabwean spirit.

MLAR

soundtrack to my life cont..

Music like colour adds vibrancy and detail to life, songs like smells can transport you through time and can unlock memories.

Zimbabwe pt 1

A country that has natural beauty to surpass most on the earth from the highlands in  Chimanimani to the every majestic Victoria Falls. Many poets have lauded its beauty . But what use is it to write about birds and flowers when the nation we love is full of disease and strife ? what use is it to talk about a proud history when our future remains uncertain ?

As a young people we stand in a unique position to be able to dedicate our lives in a meaningful way to the country we all love the fact that our leaders have failed us should not discourage us. I thought that being back would make my homesickness go away but now I realize that the longing I felt that emptiness wasn’t being homesick it was the feeling of helplessness. They say every person can change the world and I believe every person should try , but for me its not enough to quietly chip away at my corner of the world and hope that eventually I make an impact. I suppose its being impatient but I believe that some change is gradual but some changes happens suddenly , like an earthquake or a flash flood it jolts us out of our comfortable zone and thrusts us into the hands of our destiny.

Im hoping that as I move around Harare and mutoko I will experience a revelation some earth shattering moment, if not I will continue to write and capture the moment of now hoping that for some it doenst last forever.

MLAR