Msamati “Zimbabwean grown talent “in Game of Thrones

Msamati, 32, at one time was a familiar face on local Zimbabwean television. His parents, a doctor and a nurse, are Tanzanian, he was born in the UK and grew up in Zimbabwe. Msamati went to schools in Harare for his Primary Avondale Primary School and Prince Edward for his High School. After High School he studied towards a BA Honours Degree in French and Portuguese at the University of Zimbabwe from 1995-1997. He currently stars in the HBO series Game of Thrones, based on the series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin as Salladhor Saan, a pirate-turned-lord.

It is obvious that having been a product of the Zimbabwean education system, it is quite difficult to shake of the Zimbabwean accent. He is a founding member of Zimbabwe’s acclaimed Over The Edge Theatre Company. In a recent interview with the Gurdian he reflects on his decision to leave Zimbabwe in 2001 like many professionals have done since then. “I had always maintained, and always knew,” says Msamati, “that in order to make it in this profession I would have to leave Zimbabwe eventually.” So in 2001 he and three friends stayed on in Edinburgh, renting a flat together. Msamati worked as a cleaner for a while, to make ends meet. In 2002, he made the move properly. “Things in Zimbabwe were not going great. We were getting increasingly angry, and a lot of our anger was getting into our material. It was getting a lot edgier – and that was when I started thinking about making a move. And one thing led to another …”

Another man in Game of Thrones who knows a bit about waking up under the great African Sun is Liam Cunningham. He appears as Davos Seaworth in the second season of HBO‘s Game of Thrones. Cunningham was born in Ireland in 1961dropped out of secondary school at 15 to pursue a career as an electrician. In the 1980s, Cunningham moved to Zimbabwe for three years where he maintained electrical equipment at a safari park and trained Zimbabwean electricians.

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“Makandiwa foretells turmoil”

An article claiming that “Makandiwa foretells turmoil” appeared in NEWSDAY on the 3rd of April and highlights a classic case of sensational journalism gripping the profession in Zimbabwe. It was mischievous of the paper to go to press without seeking clarification from Makandiwa’s camp on the obviously controversial statements made in the article or trying to offer a different perspective as to what the Prophet meant. The reader is left with many questions than answers and the logical conclusion one draws is that the prophet might have been quoted out of context many times in the piece.

The article claims that, “Makandiwa, who heads one of the fastest-growing churches in the country, also prophesied the imminent death of someone whom he said had deprived people of freedom.” To support this assertion the article quotes Makandiwa’s statement that

“Judgment Night has already created its atmosphere and our enemies are ready to die. We can’t reverse it, unless they repent before the night. They are dying. Somebody has to die on that Friday morning so that you will be set free. Some people may blame the church, but God is ready to make changes. Are you ready to be blamed? An angel of death shall be released,”

Nowhere in that statement is there anything that says someone “singular” is going to die and that this person “singular” has deprived people of freedom. 

The statement by Makandiwa can be taken to mean a lot of things depending on the context it is viewed at. To the believing Christian death of an enemy might mean death of one’s sinful self. Sin is our mortal enemy the bible says in Gal 5:24 (TEB) “And those who belong to Christ Jesus have put to death their human nature, with all its passions and desires.” Human nature deprives us of the freedom given to us by Christ, Paul sayS in Rom 6:11 (LB)” So look upon your old sin nature as dead and unresponsive to sin, and instead be alive to God, alert to him, through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Here death of one’s old sinful self-highlights an integral part of being dead with Christ, Paul writes further Rom 6:5-7 (Phi) “If we have, as it were, shared his death, we shall also share in his resurrection. Let us never forget that our old selves died with him on the cross that the tyranny of sin over us might be broken, for a dead man can safely be said to be free from the power of sin.”  Here is referred to as the Tyrant which deprives us of freedom hence our mortal enemy.

The article’s claims that that the Prophet said that “someone….had deprived people of freedom” would die soon. Paul says in Gal 5:1 thatIt is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Freedom is already given through Christ so no one except our old nature needs to die for believers to enjoy that freedom. What would be the benefit to Makandiwa’s followers if all their enemies were to perish? The article goes futher to claim thatThe Friday event will be an all-night prayer service where the prophet has declared that all his followers’ enemies would perish.” The apostle Paul, before his conversion, was a prime example an enemy of Christians. Where would Christianity have been had Paul perished before his conversion. Clearly the Prophet would have not said such a thing; it goes against the very root of Christian belief.

Jesus said Luke 6:27 “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.” Paul goes on further to say Rom 12:14 “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.” Does the reporter of this article want us to believe that Makandiwa’s followers do not read bibles or that the man of God himself has forsaken the bible? Without understanding context one can never get to the bottom of this story. I was not present so I do not know what he said, the article does very little to shed light on the event. Was it a sermon? Was he speaking in Shona or English? All these questions are left unanswered to the reader. On Friday kuchafa munhu, has a completely different meaning to its English literal translation

Dead man tell no tale

The current media coverage of images of the gruesome execution of Gaddafi is both immoral and unethical. It goes against every principle of human dignity. The Libyan new rulers the NTC has lost a chance to show that they have a greater moral capital compared to the ousted Libyan regime. The NTC realising this they have made a number of contradicting statements trying to explain Gaddafi’s gruesome killing.  What is certainly clear is that the future of Libya does not look any brighter in the post Gaddafi era.

There is no argument that can be put forward to justify the way they handled Gaddafi when they caught him or how they paraded him like a trophy in the streets of Sirte, showing his half naked body to the world. The coverage of the death of Gaddafi raises serious moral questions related to the rights of dead people.  I don’t see the world condoning a case where people have sex with the copse of a dead prostitute, simply because when she was living that was her profession. This analogy holds true in the way they have treated Gaddafi.

One thing that is inevitable is that one day we will all die, and it is up to the living to bury us with dignity.

Five quick reasons to invest and stay in Zimbabwe

I have met a lot of investors who are interested in investing in Africa. They always ask me this question “given the option where would I invest my money outside South Africa in the SADC region?”. It would definitely be Zimbabwe. I thought of putting together five quick reasons that quicklycome to mind

1.      Zimbabwe has one of the best climates in the world;

Seventh Wonder of the World

According to the International Living’s 2011 Quality of Life Index Zimbabwe and Malta have the Best Climate in the World. Every year, the magazine rates and ranks 192 countries for this index, and Zimbabwe scored 100% on climate, one of the nine categories voted upon. So it is the good climate that one is after you are sure to get that in Zimbabwe.

2.      Its people are hardworking, eduacated and entrepreneurial.

Harare's Skyline

For the period up to 2010, Zimbabwe had the highest adult literacy rate (91.2 percent) in Africa; Countries with the lowest being Mali and Burkina Faso have the lowest (28.7 percent).In the world it is rated higher than countries like India and Brazil which are taunted as some of the world leading emerging markets.

3.      It is the richest country in natural resources per capita in the world

Operation at one of Zimbabwe's platinum mines

Zimbabwe is the richest country on earth with respect to untapped natural resources per person. Zimbabwe sits at the centre of the largest concentration which consists of the world’s largest diamond reserves, second largest platinum reserves and over 40 exploitable minerals has the potential to turn Zimbabwe into the jewel of Africa.

4.      A peaceful land

Zimbabwe dollars during the crisis period

Zimbabwe still presents a sound infrastructure and great living space. It is no Somalia and is surrounded by countries, themselves emerging from conflicts and collapse but now exhibiting rapid growth and considerable stability like Mozambique and Angola.

5.      A top destination for those interested in seeing Untamed Africa

Elephant Hills golf course

Zimbabwe is teeming with wildlife. One of its biggest nature reserves is part of the three Trans Frontier Parks which constitute the largest contiguous conservation area in the world with the greatest diversity that is available anywhere in the world.

USD being "Laundered " in Harare

At present Zimbabwe probably has the most open and free economy in Africa – there is no exchange control, no limits on what you can bring in or take out. They have no price controls and the labour market is regulated but dominated by negotiations between organized labour and management. They have a good banking system that is highly competitive and a stock market that is growing and able to serve the need for raising local capital.

Well if these are not enough reasons to convince some one, the Chinese investors seem only to be interested in one reason, “Natural Resources”.

Edson Charikinya “The Ambassador”

Edson Charikinya

A Brightest Young minds 2009 alumni, Edson is currently studying for his PhD in Chemical Engineering. An aspiring entrepreneur Edson is the co-founder and CEO of Innovartis Technology systems.With a keen interest in business he has been involved in a number of successful bussiness start ups in Zimbabwe. He aslo held various leadership positions organisations such as BMF where he is a past chair of the Stellenbosch BMF student chapter.His hobbies included playing cricket,golf and squash.His main vision and passion is too see the total eradication of poverty in Africa.

Edson is also currently an Executive Committe memeber of the Brightest Young Mind Organasation. He is a self appointed ambassador of the underpreviledged and champions youth empowerement issues.