I am a Zambian (Zambia is in Southern Africa in case you’re wondering)… I was born and bred in the Eastern part (the part that borders Malawi& Mozambique). And yes! I am a pedigree –a pure Chewa breed– since both my parents are Chewa… my Dad’s ancestors were the ruling class –Phiri clan & my Mom’s were the healers, mystics and slaves –Banda clan). Technically, that makes me a Banda since the Chewa follow a matrilineal succession parttern…well at least they used to, and true to that, I only maintain close ties with my Mom’s people (my ancestors were geniuses… there was no DNA testing back then… ).
I intend to get initiated as a Nyau dancer soon (I hope its not too late!).
I have a B.Sc. degree in Computer Science from the University of Zambia; interned with a startup Web applications development firm (WebCon) between 2005 and 2007 when I was a student; had a rather fleeting career in the education industry, when I lectured at Evelyn Hone Collection soon after graduating from versity; and worked as Business Analyst and Oracle Database Administrator for Bharti Aritel (mobile operator) between 2007 and 2011. I am currently an M.Sc. student at the University of Cape Town.
I blog mostly about technology, but of late, I have developed a growing fascination with culture and history… I am particularly intrigued by West African Vudun (a similar religion was practised by my ancestors long before the Scramble for Africa). I am planning (possibly 2016 – 2020) a case study of the Chewa people that will involve me moving around between Malawi, Eastern Zambia and Mozambique.