An expired Visa in China

When I had arrived in China, I did all the registrations except the Resident Permit application. Somewhere in my mind, I was sure that I had 90 days after entering china to register for a permit. Looking at the limited money that I had when I arrived in China on 29th September 2019, and the next day to get my stipend being 31st October 2019, I had to manage my resources very carefully. And thinking that I had 90 days, somehow I felt safe. I had to focus on the pressing matters with the little mo [...]

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The Psychological Cost of Education

I was working in the open space. Chasing one deadline that was giving me a tough time. I was directly facing the steps. From afar, one would think that I was checking out all the folks who were passing through the stairs. Funny enough I was too zoned in into my work. Some minutes after, one of my classmates comes by. I have known her the entire semester, and I could tell that something was just not right. She neither waited to be invited to take her seat nor did she ask me if I was free to liste [...]

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PhD Journal Entry-Week Three

He coughed and corralled the rattle in his chest into her mouth and then ptui!-spat on the floor in a restaurant. Imagine just how disgusting that is. ‘This is the beginning of the third journal entry, with a very disgusting habit I have seen some Chinese folks do. Spitting! I didn’t even know how bad it was until when I saw one sign in my dormitory elevator which read ‘keep clean and no spitting…’ I guess spitting is a big issue. I must say that I have not come across spitting on campus. It is [...]

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PhD Journal-Week Two -7th October 2019

This is my second entry into my Public PhD journal. Week two of my PhD at Central China Normal University(CCNU), Wuhan, China. The transition from a working person to a student comes with various changes. As a working person in Malawi, I had a domestic worker who did most of the chores. As a student, I have to do everything by myself. I have to cook, clean, do the dishes, laundry, grocery shopping etc. This has not been hard for me, because I was aware of the change, and I was trained by my moth [...]

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PhD Journal-Week One

This is my first entry into my Public PhD journal. Week one of my PhD at Central China Normal University(CCNU), Wuhan, China. Week one started with travelling. Three flights and a Taxi to finally find myself in my room. 3 hours from Lilongwe to Addis Ababa, 9 hours from Addis Ababa to Guangzhou, 1 hour 30 minutes from Guangzhou to Wuhan, and about 45 minutes from the airport to the university. This is minus the layover hours. I was drained physically by the travel, but I was very hopeful that al [...]

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Behind the Scenes: #UpgradeYourself #Tour

On 29th June,2019, the upgrade yourself team conducted its final session in Mzuzu. How did this start? On 4th January 2019, God dropped an idea in my spirit. This was to bring together a team of exceptional young people in Malawi who will conduct a series of sessions in Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu focusing on personal branding.  Immediately the names Charles Lipenga, Tendai Munemo, Tendai Banda came to mind. I quickly sent voice notes to these guys and they all responded positively. Tendai Mune [...]

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I am happy, I voted

Regardless of the outcome of the 2019 tripartite elections, I am still happy that I exercised my right to vote. I will also cast my vote in 2024. Before reading this blog, let me make my positionality clear. I am 30-year-old male Malawian. My home villages are Kasiya, Lilongwe and Sawali, Balaka. Educated to postgraduate level. I am Christian, and a member of the International Christian Assembly (ICA). Now that my positionality is clear, some of you are already making conclusions about who I vot [...]

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So, you want to be young people’s mentor?

I am very excited to see an increase in the number of young professionals or university students who are expressing interesting and taking an initiative to mentor young people. I am very optimistic that such mentorship will contribute to change the narrative of Africa.  From my mentorship experience, I have gained some lessons that I would like to share with people who are interested or have just taken their first attempt at mentoring young people. You are not dealing with kids, you are dealing [...]

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Books to Read for those who want to be Entrepreneurs

By Patricia Khomani and Chimwemwe Manyozo Starting a business can be one of those thrilling and yet terrifying decisions we can make with our lives. It seems easy when we see the success of others and it becomes a second-guessing game, thinking whether we made the right decision or not, when we ourselves have started the steps towards forming our business.   Below is a list of some few books we have read, which have been helpful in shaping our minds on how we view the business world and the [...]

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How to Make a Strong Application

Thank God it’s a new year, new day and new hour. A great time to start working on some of those goals. I know a good number of us would like to apply for various opportunities. I would like therefore to share some pointers that might help you to make a strong application. The first step to making a strong application is to read and understand what and who they are looking for. Most of the opportunities that will be presented will provide an outline of what they are looking for. Pay close attenti [...]

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