I am Lighton Phiri. I presently work as an academic (Lecturer/Researcher) at The University of Zambia (UNZA), where I teach Information Sciences. Previously, I was a doctoral student in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Cape Town (UCT), where I explored technology-driven orchestration (Thesis currently under review, pending examination!). Prior to that, I worked as a master’s student in the Digital Libraries Laboratory, in the Department of Computer Science at UCT. Before that, I worked with Telco ETL processing nodes at Airtel. Earlier, I studied Software Engineering in the Department of Computer Science at UNZA.
I blog mostly about computing technology; the work I do (teaching, research and community engagement); and, occasionally, about my other interests.
I am, for all intents and purposes, a student of computing technology—most of my past and recent work engagements, specialised formal education, and scholarly activities have been exclusively within applied computing fields. While I have a general interest in computing, my specific focus has largely been centred around Data Storage, Management and Analysis; Digital Libraries; Educational Technology; and the Web.
I, however, also have a keen interest in education; electricity; and, more recently, efficient modes of transportation. In addition, I have over the last couple of years developed an insatiable curiosity and fascination with mysticism, 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).