Financial Literacy

On the 24th of March 2018, four ZCAS students attended a sensitisation workshop focusing on pensions and insurance hosted by the Insurers Association of Zambia.

Even though we had learnt about pensions and insurance through our courses as students, we soon discovered that there was so much more we did not know.

To begin with, the Oxford Dictionary describes a pension as, “a regular payment made during a person’s retirement from an investment fund to which that person or their employer has contributed during their working life” which I think is the simplest way to describe what a pension is.

From everything that Mr Kamphata Botha the Chairman of Zambia Association of Pension Funds talked about, one thing that stuck with me is that it is never too early to have a pension scheme because the longer you have it the more comfortable your life will be after retirement.

Such simple words really struck a chord with me to the point where when I do graduate and eventually get a full time job, there will definitely be a percentage of my paycheck going to my pension scheme.

I also felt very embarrassed that such a thought never crossed my mind but then again, ignorance is bliss because even if I learnt about it in university, it never really crossed my mind as something I should really consider.

With that being said, I am now all about spreading financial literacy in my little circle which is my friends and family.

So if you have learnt anything through this blog post, do pass it on to a friend or a loved one because this can definitely change lives.

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Poetic Fridays

The Literature Corner, we have been in deep thought as to how to get more people interested in Zambian Literature and then it occurred to us, why not have a ‘Poetry Friday’ segment where we get to celebrate all things poetic about Zambia so here we go:

Today we want to celebrate someone who we refer to as an underground poet by the name of Tasha Mubanga (not her actual name) for obvious reasons but you get the gist of it.
We are going to showcase in the form of pictures some of her work so that you can get familiar with her and her style of poetry so feast your eyes to some guilty pleasure and do comment on what you think about her work thus far. We can all learn from some constructive criticism and grow.

Other than this, we have other pictures in store for you that remind us of the poetry that is Zambia:
There is this saying by I do not remember who but it goes something like you can find beauty anywhere that you look or in anything meaning that there is also beauty in Zambian Literature so here we go!
Here are some pictures of the Earth, the Zambian Earth to be more specific, do with it as you wish because there are only endless possibilities here and the sky is your only limit.
So let us indulge in the scenery before us or better yet, bask in it and let our creative juices take us over as we let our eyes be our guide.
Oh and a big thank you to Ucizi Ngulube and Tawonga Charles Bota for providing us with the breath-taking pictures.
If anything, these pictures can be used as writing prompts for either a story or our main focus here which is writing prompt.

In other news, CDI Zambia will be hosting the seventh ‘Tell Your Own Story Author’s Awards’ on the 7th of April 2018 with a range of different categories for one to enter that is, if you are interested in becoming a winner.

All of the much needed information on how to enter, the deadline, contest information, entry fee and any other updates on the awards ceremony and voting is available on their Facebook page, the UNZA Radio Facebook page and theagency.com website.

And lastly we will be hosting the first Book Swap of 2018 on the 24th of February 2018. Bring with you pen and paper and not forgetting a friend or two to join in on the fan and have the chance to interact with like-minded individuals.
All the information you will need is right there on the poster above so feel free to read through carefully and contact us on the number provided on our Facebook page (The Literature Corner) if you have any questions or queries for us.
Until next Friday!

First Book Swap hosted by The Literature Corner

Yesterday I had the honour of hosting the very first book swap under The Literature Corner brand.

I got the chance to interact with like minded individuals for the first hour just to get the lay of the land and figure out who we had managed to trick into actually showing up for one of our events, yes pun intended.

The next hour was spent on some team building exercise where we tried to complete a crossword puzzle which by the end of it all, had everyone laughing like old friends.

In the last our we used it to bring out some friendly competition in all of us by splitting us up into teams of two in order to successfully complete a sudoku puzzle and I must confess that by the time the programme was at its end, the sudoku puzzle had gotten the best of all of us.

All in all I can say that I enjoyed myself especially at a time when things look very bleak in my world but I thank my God nonetheless.

Here is hoping that next month will be bigger and better with more fun activities and of course the special prize for figuring out that blasted sudoku puzzle.

Hopefully a month will be enough time to get our creative juices flowing.

So until next time, enjoy the pictures.


Drowning…

I’ve been drowning a lot lately, constantly aware of my deepest emotions.

Going numb is no longer an option for me but the thought is tempting.

The shots have already been fired, filled me with holes that I cannot run away from.

When will this all end?

Is it when the darkness takes over?

Or is it when the light breaks free?

But if things get too complicated I’ll remember to take it slow, take time for myself and regroup.

There is nothing quite like self preservation, it’s simple and sweet.

However when sleep eludes me I endulge in the very thing that is slowly killing me.

For I am now constantly aware of my own mortality.

It gives me a unique perspective, like I know something everyone else seems to overlook.

My own little secret.

But this too shall pass, just like everything else before.

The light shall beckon me and I will be whole once again.

Not right now but some time in the future when everything is alright with the world and I can truly smile again.

That is what I think of when I am drowning.

Melancholy…

Events of the past few days have had me thinking, thinking of what could have been and what could be.

Funny enough I smile when I think of all these things.

Worry escapes me because I’m that focused on my goals and the devil does try but my God is my everything.

I’ve been so hungry yet content at the same time, these must be signs of maturity but then again is it wrong for me to want to stay young at heart forever?

Gone are the days of simply day dreaming, it is now time for self actualisation.

Oh how I long for lazy Sunday mornings spent in bed reminiscing you.

Those days are gone sadly, replaced with hard work and determination.

God I pray that I reach my goals with you forever by my side.

Long lost friends I think of you from time to time but the thought disappears just as quickly as it comes to mind.

I still wish you love and happiness just not in my immediate vicinity because the wounds will forever be still fresh.

With that I end my rant hoping that I have inspired at least one life so that I can die in peace when the time comes.

It is my soul that writes it all, I am simply the vessel it chose.❤

Silence I’m There…

I recently watched a BuzzFeed video where the participants tried to recreate Kim Kardashian West’s new style of Instagram pictures.

I was immediately taken by the pictures and thought to myself that I also would like to try aesthetic pictures for a change to give me a new view to life.

I do not expect to be perfect in any shape or form but I will try to always remember to have fun.

So join me on my new aesthetic journey and let us make life beautiful

The Road Ahead

I find myself stagnant, unable to move

Not that I don’t want to move but my current predicament won’t let me

I usually get frustrated at this point but not this time

I feel as though I have been through too much to suddenly wither away into nothingness

Life was never meant to be roses and butterflies

That would be way to boring for me and boy do I live for the adventures of life

But don’t just take my word for it

Challenge yourself like never before and watch the beautiful events unfold before your very eyes
Live only to improve on yourself and never be the same person as yesterday but instead, be a better version of yourself everyday