My Work on Other Platforms

I keep hinting on the fact that I do write for other Platforms so starting today, I’ll be randomly posting some of it here. Please do check it out whenever I post.

Lemme start with this:

https://bushchicken.com/health-minister-issues-revised-covid-19-guidelines-as-lockdown-gets-lifted/

WHERE OUR VICTORY LIES

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By Vicky Nabbale & Rogers M. Wanambwa



Vicky

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller


I believe this quote means that if you work together with a person . You can achieve even the impossible hence this collaborative blog.


I will define Victory as success in a competition or a struggle. As it is, there are many things in life that we have control over but it is also a fact that we can’t control some everything regardless of our trying to win.


As Christians, there will be things that come against us, battles input hearts, health or work. But we need to always remember where our victory lies, and that is in Jesus Christ by accepting him as our personal saviour. When we do that, we no longer live for or take comfort in the things of this world. If one believes in Jesus, it’s the faith in Jesus that gives us the victory we are looking for. As Christians, we are active participants in the victory of the Lord.


Let’s look at some verses that show us how to have victory in the Lord.


“You can get the horses ready to battle, but it is the Lord who gives victory.”
Proverbs 21:31, Good News Version


As children of the Most High, let us prepare for life’s hardships by praying, reading scriptures and seeking God’s will because these are the weapons to use as we place our trust in the Lord where our victory comes from


“Because every child of God is able to defeat the world. And we win the victory over the world by means of our faith. Who can defeat the world? Only the person who believes that Jesus is the son of God.”
1 John 5:4-5, Good News Version


One has victory over hardships through faith in Jesus Christ as no one can please God without faith.


As children of the Lord, sometimes we do make mistakes, taste pain or hurt but let us be encouraged in fighting a good fight because we know have already won the battle since we have the victory in our most high father.



Wanambwa


“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Hebrews 11:1, King James Version(KJV)


Faith is a fascinating concept. Because it is intangible and cannot be seem or touched. It also exhibits traits that border lunacy. What do I mean here?


Well, those that are faithful walk on the promise that their belief will make manifest those things that they desire, those things that they need and pray for.


But it is in this faith that success is found. It is in this belief that new ground is broken. This is evidenced in the inventions and innovations of different people throughout history, be it Christians or even non-Christians.


After all, the Bible clearly states that, “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
John 14:13, KJV


You see, individually, we may not amount to much but when joined by our Father, we are a great people. It is within Him that our victory lies.


Now I know some may say that it is up to you to fight your own battles, to win your own races, but isn’t that faith in yourself, in your abilities?


The truth of the matter is that all creation is so perfect to have happened by chance. It attests to a Creator and that is why us, as Christians, put our trust in Him.


For anything to work, you must have blind faith in it. You cannot start a business half-heartedly and think it will work. Neither can you create something in the same vein and think it will work. The same can be said of battles and races.


For you to attain victory, you must have a faith so strong in your capabilities that you will win no matter what.


However, sometimes you just know you do not have enough or are not qualified enough. This is where faith in a Higher Power comes in. In his “The 12 Universal Laws of Success,” Herbert Harris talks about this too.


There is force that helps you win whenever you believe that the win was yours from the beginning. But who gave it to you in the first place?


“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
Jeremiah 1:5, New International Version


This verse now starts to make sense when you start looking at the grand scheme of things. That it is in Him(our heavenly father) where our victory indeed lies, because he has predestined it so.

Vicky’s work can be found on vicky

Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

By Rogers M. Wanambwa

Written as a letter to his teenage son Samori, Ta-Nehisi Coastes uses his life experiences and his quests of searching of knowledge to probe the plight of a black male man in US following the aftermath of the killings of several black males and the seemingly lack of justice for them.


“I write you in your fifteenth year. I am writing you because this was the year you saw Eric Garner choked to death for selling cigarettes; because you know now that Renisha McBride was shot for seeking help, that John Crawford was shot down for browsing in a department store. And you have seen men in uniform drive by and murder Tamir Rice, a twelve-year-old child whom they were oath-bound to protect. And you have seen men in the same uniforms pummel Marlene Pinnock, someone’s grandmother, on the side of a road. And you know now, if you did not before, that the police departments of your country have been endowed with the authority to destroy your body,” Coates starts off the book.


Around the same time this book was written, the Black Twitter and Black Lives Matter campaigns were starting to gain major traction and so it was widely accepted mainly because of the atmosphere surrounding the times.


Throughout the book, Coates calls to our attention the situation in which many black people grow up in in the US and most especially the fear for survival that many had as seen in this paragraph were even parents employ strict measures on their children to prevent them from straying into danger, “We stood in the alley where we shot basketballs through hollowed crates and cracked jokes on the boy whose mother wore him out with a beating in front of his entire fifth-grade class. We sat on the number five bus, headed downtown, laughing at some girl whose mother was known to reach for anything—cable wires, extension cords, pots, pans. We were laughing, but I know that we were afraid of those who loved us most. Our parents resorted to the lash the way flagellants in the plague years resorted to the scourge.”


He even goes further to call the bluff of the boisterous rappers who claim to run the town saying, “And I have never believed the brothers who claim to “run,” much less “own,” the city. We did not design the streets. We do not fund them. We do not preserve them.”


The book centers on how the average black person in America has been cut off from the rest of the world that if it were not for his attending Howard University in Washington DC, Coates himself would not have appreciated the diversity even amongst black people, and essentially Africans as a whole.


It essentially calls to our attention how sometimes systems fail to serve the people that they should be serving and coping mechanism that said people develop to survive. Essentially, the book is about survival in a cruel world.

This article first appeared here.

Monuments and Movements


By Rogers M. Wanambwa


Definitions:


Monuments


1.A structure built for built commemorative or symbolic reasons, or as a memorial; a commemoration.
2.An exceptional or proud moment.
3.An important burial vault or tomb.


Movement

1.Physical motion between points in space.
2.A trend in various fields or social categories, a group of people with a common ideology who try together to achieve certain general goals.
3.Motion of the mind or feelings; emotion.

All of us throughout our lives will continue to evolve and it is in this evolution (hereafter called movement) that we create momentous occasions. Now this is the norm for life but sometimes something disastrous happens, some of us remain where we created these momentous occasions the rest of our lives and build castles around them.


And that is where the problem is for so many institutions, businesses, relationships, and even national governments. You cannot expect progress when you are stuck where you had a monument erected, because life is all about movements and not erection of monuments.


Throughout history we see examples of all the above being extinguished whenever they got stuck on the monuments resultant from the progress of their movements instead of staying on the course of their progress, which I call movements in this article.


Let’s look at some of those:


The Greek city of Sparta could not accept changes brought about by the rising Athena, who incidentally where their neighbours (in the book “Destined For War: Can America and China Escape the Thucydides’ Trap?” by Graham Allison, he talks about this in detail) and both ended up in an all engaging war that brought the decline of the whole Greek empire.


The same happened to the great Babylonian empire when its king Belshazzar, son of Nebuchadnezzar became complacent. The Persians would overtake him whilst he was in merriment with his officials.


It is the belief that cameras would never go out of style that Kodak went from one of the biggest companies to one that we only talk about. If you asked an average 20 year old or someone younger, they don’t know of it.

This is because they could not fathom that one day, anyone could have a smartphone to take ‘pics’ with anytime, anywhere.

Remember that that is over one billion people on the planet. The rest of us won’t have a Kodak as first or even second choice of anything. A harsh reality.


In the same line, we have Nokia who were once the biggest mobile phone manufacturers. An average 22-year old would not believe that with the hype behind iPhone today. This is because as the world was embracing touch screen smartphones, Nokia did not jump onto that wagon and other companies overtook the market. I’ll not fail to mention that Nokia has since been trying to playing catch up.


Uganda’s parliament has a 66% turnover rate. This means that of the over 450 MPs currently in parliament, 300 will definitely not return.


My point in providing all this information is to show you that we as humans have a tendency of building monuments around momentous occasions and we forget the speed at which things change.


We cannot forget that change is inevitable and therefore become complacent to the status quo. It is not surprising then that you’ll constantly hear, “In 1986, Uganda had, was….and so on,” as an opening statement to the comparison of our growth and development as a nation by the ruling party.


This in itself is ironic considering this benchmark year is 24years after we attained our independence as a nation.


Then again, if we are to use it as our benchmark, then we have to compare where other nations with which we had the same GDP are fairing today. Countries like Singapore. That is a fair comparison. In my opinion anyway.


Whenever we get lost in the haze of built monuments, we forget how fast everything has changed as we tallied around said monuments. The world moves constantly, and always.


It is in the movements that things have occurred, that change has erupted, that innovations have been made.


Movements topple governments, they also establish new ones. Movements lead to exploration and founding of new cities. Movements bring to light the injustices committed against minorities and fight them. See for example the Black Lives Matter movement.


Movements bring life. You can read about the movement of the sun and the earth and how that sustains life.


As a people, we should fight to keep moving because when you stop moving, you die.

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