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What is Mentorship, What Makes us Human and What is the Purpose and Meaning of life? – Vimbai under the Spotlight

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Mutumwa Mawere, 04/11/2020

Only humans have the power to reason and make choices including the pursuit of happiness and in the pursuit of happiness, we learn to share experiences, insights, and knowledge with the few people in the universe of many, we may be lucky to connect with.

The world is bigger than what can possibly fit in one’s mind and the experiences of life and its reality is impossible to be accommodated in a single mind.

Life acquires a meaning when the insignificance of a single mortal and fallible human being is factored in the context of its true reality.

I personally do not know or pretend to know all that exists and is real, yet I live life as if what is revealed to me is the universe of reality.

What then is the reality of life? Indeed, it is not easy to know the circumference of life especially in relation to its trajectory and the uncertainty it holds for all.

Who can lead others to where they would not have been? No one yet there are far too many people who think mentorship is about hand holding people to a known destination.

Life has no trodden pathway but is a reality of random walks into the unknown. The past may not have a memory of its own, but when shared, it has the potency to inspire the better angels in humanity.

On that note, yesterday I had an interesting conversation with Vimbai and was joined by Mr. Brian Kazungu, the Editor of the iniAfricaNews online magazine, who has been publishing some of the stories related to the C2C initiative.

It emerged that Brian knew about the C2C initiative through what I have been sharing with him in the form of threads and write ups.

Vimbai did not know Brian and so without taking notice, the WhatsApp conference call defaulted to a C2C meeting.

The fact that I bridged Brian to Vimbai allowed the two to know each other and discover that they all are keen to learn. I provoked them to use the meeting of yesterday as a basis of building a media-centric bridge to sharing information on lessons learned outside the four corners of a classroom setting.

I told Brian that there are people who think that being a member of C2C entitles them to a classroom hosted by some messiah who possesses a magic touch to lift people from one state of happiness.

Some naively think that a Mentor is a gifted person who acquired the gift to predict life’s outcomes when logic, reason and common sense dictate otherwise.

Some believe that a radio is what it was created for, forgetting that radio is merely a bridge to convey messages and so, one does not need to be in a studio to say something or make noise that can inspire others to see a glass with water differently.

This group should be about learning, relearning, and unlearning yet others genuinely believe that R600 per year on mentorship would produce some unexplained magic in thought and action.

So, I decided to focus on the message shared in the group by Vimbai as follows: “Once again, I for one I am learning just from meeting the different people here. Some talk to me because we met at some of the C2C sessions we are having or occasionally because I commented on something they liked. C2C is the motorway we can drive on together though we all have different life agendas. A few people have inspired me of cause other than Mr Mawere on how to build Community capacity, mentorship and dealing with people. Creating a shared understanding of various topics + many more.”

When properly construed, Vimbai was just testifying that from the first encounter on zoom when this building community power initiative was mentioned, she has learned and connected with people who she continues to interact with.

The connections have helped her accelerate her reach to people who are problem solvers in their own rights and as such she is now part of a bank that can help define and shape her character and personality in a different trajectory than if she chose to be out of the community.

To some, as a person who has chosen to give up time in the name of C2C sharing my own insights, I am a dictator par excellence yet to others my shares are useful to them.

There are some who are in this group just to criticize and use me as the object to be attacked and ridiculed.

So, when Vimbai shared as point 13 in her report to the group:  “Divine & Chipo Disagreements and pictures exposing. Twisting of factors and unwittingly entering or being drawn into personal fight. So called s healthy pictures that turn be causal pictures taken in a happy moment. Misleading others and self-justice,” Janet could not help but respond in this manner:

“Learning is for the people that are willing to learn and this list shows that you are one person who is very willing to learn. I respect you for that……..Just want to comment on the leaking of Devine Mafa’s nude videos though, I thought that was in bad taste but *$%^ happens. However, one lesson I learnt even though I had previously wrote about it on one of my blogs, will post link below….wear your jacket when dealing with social media (to quote Hopewell Chin’ono), the stuff we do on social media don’t disappear, we might delete them from our phones, but the hosting servers for the websites keep them. So, we need to be careful.”

It is unmistakable that her take on the alleged leak of Divine’s nudes as true and fact and concludes by stating that it was in bad taste.

For people who cannot read between the lines, it would be impossible to notice that she is actually talking about me based on the version that has been shared in the public domain that I caused the nudes to be leaked.

Vimbai would know better that I joined her to a conference call with Divine where he was pleading with me to stop Chipo Chipoyera not to use the nudes that were in her possession. For the record, Chipo, Divine and Mukoma Masimba are paid up members of C2C.

Divine who had recently joined C2C was seeking my help to stop Chipo from using the nudes in their personal fights. I told Divine that it would be inappropriate for me to intervene in a matter I had no interest in and for which the parties involved know each other.

I only knew Chipo through a dispute involving Divine about an investment that went sour. Chipo approached me genuinely thinking I was a friend of Divine and as such my involvement could help solve the problem.

When Chipo first contacted me, I had no idea who she was but apparently like many people she believed she knew me more than I know myself. She believed that I was a fugitive from Zimbabwe and as a matter of fact, my decision to live in SA was a consequence of the SMM sage.

I did correct her that I have been living in South Africa for the last 25 years and outside the borders of Zimbabwe for the last 32 years. It was only then that she had been operating on gossip and assumptions yet to others, Chipo knew me intimately.

I tried in vain to get the parties to the financial dispute to talk to each other. I tried on several occasions to get Chipo to talk directly to Divine and they did speak only for the conversations to degenerate into insults resulting in my telling them both to excuse me from the nonsense.

If Janet had cared to ask how Mukoma Masimba ended hosting Chipo on his live show, she would have used this platform to do so but regrettably she has chosen to use this to promote falsehoods as fact without learning anything in life that what may be fact to one need not be.

How many people behave like Janet who proceed to make judgments of what is in bad taste without digging deeper and choose to be fact-based and not judgmental?

She then proceeds to import Hopewell in a narrative whose facts and circumstances fall outside her personal knowledge to allow her to conclude as some paragon of virtue that: “We need to be careful.”

The need to inform judgments with facts can never be overstated. Why do we need to be in the same group when innuendos, superstitions, gossips, and malice are intentionally given life when a person could easily seek to learn from the facts in the purported cause?

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Where There Is A Problem There Is Always A Solution – Inspired24/7

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Despite our backgrounds, race, qualifications and nationalities, we all face different kinds of problems that may weaken our resolve, drain our energy and threaten the accomplishment of our goals.

However, regardless of the kind and magnitude of the problems that you may face from time to time, it is important to understand that where there is a problem, there is always a solution.

Right now, as you read this, you may be going through an overwhelming situation but I must tell you that you are in that situation because you are part of the chosen few who are designed to come up with a proven solution to your problem.

Based on my own experiences, observation, research and interaction with other people, I have come to understand that for every problem there is always a solution even in those situations that we may think we are doomed or have hit the end.

As such, it’s important to understand that whatever you may have considered to be the end of the road because of pain and desperation may quite often be a sign of new beginnings and thus you must not be easily shaken by tough situations which will never last forever.

All what is needed is for you to remain resilient, stay focused, strategize and then take informed action, with hope and faith being your cheerleaders even in the worst of circumstances.

I am going to share with you some pointers or guidelines that can help you to navigate through difficult circumstances without losing your sense of worthy and then later on, I will explain these steps in detail using examples.

Step 1: Recognize, realize or accept that there is a problem.

Step 2: Identify the problem or critically analyze its nature.

Step 3: Come up with possible solutions and evaluate them.

Step 4: Take action, take a leap of faith, and take a risk.

In order you to clearly understand these steps and guidelines, I will use the story of lepers in the Bible as our case study.

2 Kings 7vs.3-4 And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, why sit we here until we die? 4 If we say, we will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.

From the scripture above, we see four men who are engulfed in a do or die situation.

If we break down the above scripture, we can see the following critical points: a) they had leprosy, b) they were the outcasts, meaning they lived outside the city, c) there was famine in the city and d) the enemy had surrounded the city.

Now, let us use the four steps of problem solving mentioned earlier on to see how the leprous men faced their problems head-on so that we can also apply the same principle where necessary towards our own victory and success stories.

Step 1: Recognize, realize or accept that there is a problem. We see the four lepers recognizing and accepting that there was a problem. One of the most effective ways to recognize a problem is to introspect, that is to dig deep within yourself. You must never be in self-denial in life but you must learn to have tough conversations with yourself regarding what is going on in your life just like what the leprous men did. It is in these deep conversations with ourselves where we find real life and long lasting solutions.

Step 2: Identify the problem or critically analyze its nature. The lepers realized they had leprosy. They knew they were the outcasts and that there was famine in the city plus the enemy was surrounding the same city. Identifying a problem will help you come up with possible solutions.

Step 3: Come up with possible solutions and evaluate them. The four lepers had possible solutions to their situation. Most of the time the solutions we may come up with requires taking risks. In the case of these four lepers, their solutions were; a) to sit in their condition and die, b) to go back to the city where there was famine and die or c) to go to the camp of the enemy and possibly die. A solution with two possible outcomes is always worth considering.

Step 4: Take action, take a leap of faith, and take a risk. The biggest risk in life is the unwillingness to take any risk. Having a list of solutions, the four lepers made a decision and begun to take action as they walked towards the camp of the enemy even though there were some risks associated with their chosen option.

Remember they took a solution with two possible outcomes, a positive and a negative one, but they were always focusing on the positive outcome. As they begin to take a step of faith, God came through and saved them. What they did also brought great deliverance to the whole city.

Shelton Vengesai is a Motivational speaker, Personal Development Coach, Aviator and Entrepreneur based in Frisco, Texas, United States of America.

Follow him on Instagram: @captain_eagle_shelton

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Kamhungira’s Shona Poetry Blog, A Noble Move towards Revival of Local Languages

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Zimbabwe, with a record-breaking number of official languages that stands at sixteen, has English as its main and cherished language especially when it comes to commerce.

With the exception of Ndebele and Shona which are the widely spoken native languages that are also taught in most of the schools across the country, much of the local languages, though recognised, they are generally marginalised.

In order to promote local languages to such an extent that they are celebrated and where the native speakers thereof can have pride in their mother tongues, there have to be some initiatives that can create serious interest and promote rewarding participation, especially from an entertainment perspective.

As such, media personality, Tendai Kamhungira, thorough his Nduri Nanyanduri poetry blog (https://ndurinanyanduri.blogspot.com/) seeks to revive Shona poetry and encourage the use of local languages in mainstream activities.

With poems like, Matavire, which is a tribute to one of Zimbabwe’s prolific musicians, the late Paul Matavire, whose use of deep, fluent and vivid Shona language in his music was very exceptional; Kamhungira said that his blog seeks to explore the rich native language.

“The blog is aimed at exploring the rich Shona language and provides a deeper, thought provoking meaning. It is my sincere hope that you will enjoy this blog and take no offence on some of the ‘naked’ words aimed at bringing out the true meaning of poetry”. He wrote on the blog.

With increased use of technological advancements such as the internet, such platforms of learning, communication and entertainment like the Nduri Nanyanduri blog can be soul-soothing especially to Zimbabweans abroad who will be provided with a mechanism to connect with and enjoy their rich mother languages.

“I chose to do my poetry in my native language, Shona, because of the richness of the language. There is a wide variety of expressions that can be used or employed when one is writing in their native language. The other reason is that a lot of people would want to write in English, thus writing in Shona is unique and gives me a broad opportunity to express myself in the best way possible” said Kamhungira.

He added that guest contributors are welcome to participate on his blog as long they have a good command of the Shona language.

If and when platforms like Nduri Nanyanduri are replicated by Zimbabweans who speak some of the local languages including the minority ones, a wave of appreciation, pride and promotion of local languages will be generated with the potential of unearthing some gifted poets and lyricists that can help to shape the entertainment industry in the country.

Such a development provides an avenue through which unknown gifted artists like poets in various communities can be identified and be developed towards being exposed to life-transforming opportunities.

Poetry is also an effective way of expressing oneself, as it can be stress relieving and confidence enhancing especially when people are given a platform to pour themselves out where an audience can spot their concerns and recognize their gifts with potential of giving feedback and or assistance

A journalist by profession, Kamhungira who revealed that his passion for writing and poetry started when he was young, said that he looks forward to setting up an Arts Centre in the future, where young people can come and explore opportunities in the different genres of the art sector.

Tendai added that poetry is an interesting form of writing since people can directly express themselves or use riddles that readers can interpret in any way.

He also revealed that he believes that through his blog, he will be able to harness the Shona poetry genre, which is seemingly losing its touch in Zimbabwe in this modern day world.

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