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ALL THE DEAD ARISING

All the dead Arising.

Book by Jamie Campbell. `

In a world where the adults are dead. Things are hard to comprehend. Everly losses her parents on the night of ‘the Event‘. The mysterious night on which all adults die, living the young to their own means. Now Everly, with her ability to see and talk to the dead, must find a way to block out the voices from the dead, in the struggle to protect herself and her nine year old sister Faith. She must learn to help by all means. Both the humans and the ghosts.download-2

This book kept me on my toes. I could barely resist the urge to turn form page to page in my struggle to chew quickly what Evie would be doing next. The suspense in the book got my adrenaline rushing even after months of not opening my Kindle. I LOVED IT!

Certainly Jamie Campbell is now a must read for me. You can get the book free on Amazon.

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FOUR SIGNS YOU SUCK

There are many reasons as to why you may suck. You may have to consider spending some time alone and see how you live your life. I know. It has never been easy. Sometimes you think you you’re fine yet everyone around you finds you a sucker. Now you need to think twice, how are you behaving and how is your character affecting you and your community? Who are you to your friends? Below are four things that could make you suck without you realizing that you actually do.

  1. You’re a gossipdownload

Now talking has never really been a problem. Especially for me and those I meet. But truth be told, sometimes we are just too excited we do not even realize we are talking a lot. Sometimes we are with people we are comfortable with. Well that’s okay. How about if you’re kwon for your infamous involvement in cheap talk and back-biting nature? If you’re a slanderer and it gets everywhere. You start being tagged as a liar, gossip, and who knows what may come out of it? My dear, better you reduce on your time of gossiping and start doing things that really matter.

2. You’re always complaining images

A person who complains a lot is hard to impress. Once in awhile we want to see you smiling and occupied in whatever it is without complaints. Positive people are nice to stay with. They are just too full of good vibe.

3. You don’t know/ remember anybody’s name

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As in, Really??

Have you met that one person who doesn’t remember your name? All people recall her name but she doesn’t call anyone by name. Why? She doesn’t remember. Truth be told, find myself in these shoes on so many occasions. But best effort is trying to call you by name or recite it or relate it to another person or event so I don’t forget. Great strategy.

4.  You receive may favors but never return any.  tumblr_lvv85p6xwu1qh8hjzo1_500

Everyone knows at least one person like that. You know that one person who is always taking, taking, taking, but never returning? Or never giving? Now if you’ve not heard of this, this is the time. A borrower is a slave to the lender. So you should keep this at the back of your mind each time you go borrowing. Your lender becomes your master, you become his slave. It is just like the person who feeds you. Otherwise you would go hungry. But wise people try hard not to borrow. And if they do, they try their best to return/ pay. But there are those who will never pay. Once you lend them something, you will never see it again. Then, my dear borrower, truth be told,  you suck!! Otherwise, return some favors and stop going to people only when you need them.

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BBC 4’s LOST KINGDOMS OF AFRICA – THE GREAT ZIMBABWE. A Documentary Journal.

I am back with my one pager Documentary Journal for Dr.Gus’ BBC Films. I mentioned in one of my previous posts that this a task I am doing for my Social Theory class. More of analysing history and several philosophical thoughts. 

Prompt #. How do you think the title of this film relates to its content? Discuss.

Even though the title is ‘The Great Zimbabwe’, I found the content highly unrelated to the title. Perhaps the documentary could have been named ‘The Swahili,’ Or the Eastern Coast, The rituals of Manyikeni or even Mapungubwe, since in my opinion, these are the topics the film covers. Up to half way through the film, Dr. Gus is still taking his audience around the Eastern African Coast, Mozambique, and the interior while Zimbabwe itself is barely in there. One could  defend that BBC had been earlier denied the opportunity to film in Zimbabwe but seems to make totally no difference as even when permission was finally granted, the audience could have heard the tales from the people of Zimbabwe as a nation. Not the representation of a country’s history by a group of less than twenty people.

Despite the fact that Zimbabwe was mentioned, that the documentary covered at least the eleven meters tall Great wall of Zimbabwe, I found a very small relationship between the title and the content.

WATCH VIDEO HERE…

From the beginning, Dr. Gus travels around Kilwa, in Tanzania, unveiling the hidden wealth and history of the East African coast. He unveils how Kilwa was a gateway to the coast through its Gold market, its major supplier being the Great Zimbabwe, likewise the filming of Manyikeni in Mozambique. In my opinion, this documentary was not about Zimbabwe and neither was it about Tanzania or Mozambique.

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A corridor in the Great Zimbabwe wall…

It was rather about specific places in these particular countries. The film was about Kilwa and its Gold trade, it was about The Great Mosque of Kilwa, and it was about the Manyikeni in Mozambique, about the rituals of ‘spiritual blessings’ at both Manyikeni and the Zimbabwe Highlands. These were the only detailed places and the film seemed largely focused about them. The documentary lacked the richness of the evidently missing people and culture of the Great Zimbabwe. There was very little evidence even in making the connections. This documentary, in comparison to others like that of ‘the lost Kingdoms of Africa: West Africa or Ethiopia’ where the evidence was floating before the viewer’s eyes, was way not detailed at all. It seemed to have touched the surface instead of the core, unfortunately for me since the title of the documentary had triggered a lot of excitement and expectations.

WATCH VIDEO HERE OR ABOVE…

BBC 4’s Lost Kingdoms of Africa: The Great Zimbabwe

Feel free to leave your thoughts on the video after you’ve watched it… Enjoy!

 

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HOMEGOING : Yaa Gyasi

If you are a lover of literature, and you’ve not yet read HOMEGOING, then I suggest you grab yourself a copy as soon as possible. This one will keep you awake. It is sad but thrilling. It will touch you heart. It  will teach you.

The book is overwhelmingly beautiful. Well, I don’t really know how the author Yaa Gyasi does it,  it is heard to explain. But it is beautiful. So I have not been reading much literature these days, but this book has got me on my toes. Certainly one of my best.

The book covers a series of stories about two sisters “Effia and Esi, with two different destinies. One is sold into slavery; one is a slaver trader’s wife. The consequences of their fates reverberate through the generations that follow” download-1

What constantly surprises me is the fact that you don’t have to necessarily read the book in order. Any  chapter you open will give you an ultimate experience. Well, who knows what your thoughts on it will be. Better you Grab your copy and share the experience.

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The Lost Kingdoms Of Africa: Ethiopia A Documentary Journal: by Lunkuse.B.Paulls.

I am once again watching Dr. Gus Casely Hayford’s BBC 4’s Series. The lost kingdoms of Africa. This time it is Ethiopia and this is my take on it.

Prompt#. What was the most profound scene from this film and why do you think so?

The camera shifts, a sight is revealed in all its magnificence. The painting has lasted for thousands of centuries. Yet its beauty still shimmers, as though the piece has not been touched before. Dr. Gus’s jaw drops, his eyes shift in wonder with awe. He is marveling at the sight before him. I am breathless. My eyes pinned on the screen. Yes, it is the painting of priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant. I thought this masterpiece was supposed to be in Jerusalem! Except, it is in Ethiopia.ethiopia1

Yes! The most profound scene for me  is the scene where Dr. Gus Casely-Hayford is talking to the high priest His Highness Abune Paulos, inquiring about the true ancestry of the Ethiopian and the Orthodox church and on the priest’s right side, a painting of Ancient Ethiopians lifting ‘The Ark of the Covenant’! It is the sight of this art, seeming so real, orthodox, Old Testament that I found most profound.ethiopia2

This to me was not only shocking and overwhelming but it also left me breathless. I am a lover of history and I have particularly been interested in the Ethiopian Religious Doctrines earlier. However, I had no idea that this Ethiopian culture was built on a history so deep it includes The Ark of the Covenant or Old testament Solomon and Queen Sheba’s son Emperor Mulzac. This is still the most shocking revelation I got from the video. To me it was like a completion of a puzzle that has been for long unsolved.images-1150416172202-ethiopia-ark-of-the-covenant-super-169

I also think this scene is very crucial as everything else in the film revolves around it. This includes the religious norms including Judaism and Orthodox, the temple in which the ‘Ark of the covenant’ is kept, to be specific, the symbolism and embellishments that are incorporated in almost all architecture. From the star of David, the wooden roof patterns, the symbol of the rising sun, the crescent moon and the sun and the temples that stand as long as skyscrapers and as Guy Casely mentioned in the narration, some of this buildings are older or even as old as the ancient Greek temples in Rome and Greece.

It is the revelation of the ‘Ark of the Covenant’ that sets the temple for the entire video, research. The fact that the Ethiopians believe their culture was founded on this, that their religious beliefs revolve around this concept, the culture and isolation from external civilizations, all liking back to the first emperor believed to have been the son of Solomon and Sheba,  makes this scene even more profound.