Blog written by Frederick
Despite the basic career expectations that African parents have for their children such as becoming a doctor, nurse or a teacher, I took a different path of interest. I became interested in politics at a very young age. At that point, the prospect of politics and becoming a politician or even President simply struck a chord in me. I was young; my love for this craft had not even matured, yet I still held on. I was attracted to activities that would feed my hunger to know more, especially the debating society and student government.
It was through these activities that I became Chililabombwe district’s first Deputy Junior Mayor. This experience helped me learn about political and economic systems in my country. It aided me in shaping my own strong political opinions and ideologies. One should have strong opinions and even stronger arguments to back them up. My political opinions are quite ideal. I draw my inspiration from past great leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama, Abraham Lincoln, Levy Mwanawasa and Kenneth Kaunda, to mention a few. However, it has come to my attention that the politics in books and on the news are different from the politics that are on the ground.
My country is rich in minerals and natural resources that lie in the land. Yet, its greatest wealth is its people. Thus, it only makes sense to invest in them.
The work of a politician is not merely a question of making speeches, holding meetings, passing resolutions and making deputations, but meticulous organization, observance of citizen welfare and, above all, the willingness to invest in lives. To invest in someone’s life is to better their ability to succeed; this can be done through improving education and industry. Lack of decent education cripples growth, dims potential and stunts prosperity. My country is rich in minerals and natural resources that lie in the land. Yet, its greatest wealth is its people. Thus, it only makes sense to invest in them. Sadly, this is not what goes on. People suffer from the effects of corruption, poverty, stagnation, low investment and poor education.
My ambitions have brought me to Our Moon Zambia. I hope to improve my core values as a young African leader. I am here to improve my courage and confidence as one who speaks his mind even in front of an audience. This programme shall help me to improve my creativity, curiosity and critical thinking for me to make better, more informed and effective decisions. I shall work on my commitment towards the things I love most – working out how to empower people. My stay at Our Moon Zambia shall strengthen my compassion and collaboration with community life in order for me to become a socially conscious leader. Being a Young Leader at Our Moon means I can acquire a wide range of skills to enhance my chances of success in the future. All of this shall aid me in becoming a leader who will give more to the community as a politician.