Friday, 25 September 2015

Solving the Power Crisis in Zambia, Permanently

The power deficit Zambia is currently experiencing may be a set-back, but it is also a tremendous opportunity for Zambia as a nation to do some soul searching, to discover a new vision and redefine itself. Zambia does not just have an electricity problem, it also faces a huge water supply paradox. It is a country that is gifted with tremendous water resources in the form of lakes and rivers, and yet the majority of homes in both low and high density areas have no water flowing through their pipes. When it does flow the water pressure provided by national water supply companies is pathetic. It often has to be first stored then boosted for any kind of sensible flow. Problems like this are a clear indication that national development planning is not adequately exploiting Zambia's absolute and comparative advantages. These are advantages in that they are able to yield significant results at low cost. Building on these advantages has long term economic benefits the country has to learn to exploit.

The power crisis in Zambia can be addressed

What I will suggest can be done to address power shortages in Zambia may sound unpopular, but it can have long term benefits for the economy. The government should consider introducing “Green Rates” in Zambia through the councils scattered throughout the country. A Green Rate is a tax levied by local city councils in tandem with Ground Rent, and Property Rates levied and collected monthly by the local council. It is levied on anyone running a business or owning property. The Green Rates demands that a business or dwelling place must generate 50% or more of the energy that it consumes using a renewable resource. If it does not do so then it is required to pay a Green Tax of 50% of its current energy bill that will go toward funding the supply of green or renewable energy. If a household, parastatal, public entity or business spends X amount per month on electricity and it has no renewable energy source (such as solar panels and solar batteries) to compliment its use of electrical power then it must pay a monthly levy of 50% or 50 ngwee of every K1 it spends on electricity to the Lusaka City Council. These funds are strictly used by councils around the country, like the Lusaka City Council,  to import renewable energy products into the country for distribution to disadvantaged areas and/or households  to increase awareness on the use of renewable energy.   In other words this policy shift means every business and every household in Zambia, by law, should not expect to rely 100% for its energy needs on Zesco or any other central power supply source for that matter now and at any time in the future, it must provide a minimum of up to 50% of its own power. What this means is that even if Zambia comes out of this power supply deficit the new policy will change the landscape of power supply in Zambia ensuring it never recurs. 

At 50% of the price of energy consumption Green Rates may sound very high, but they are a cost businesses, parastatals, public institutions and households can get out of by making an effort to acquire solar panels and other renewable technologies and have them installed to generate power. In other words they are high but they can be escaped if these entities exhibit a specific behaviour, in this case investment in solar energy.

Reformulating the vision behind the meaning of ZAMBIA in the SUN
 To achieve this all domestic government (public) and commercial buildings in Zambia will be encouraged by the Green Rates policy implemented by city councils across the country to invest in solar energy and products in order to internally generate a portion of their own energy. This internal generation is required by government to be not less than 50% of the total value of electricity or energy consumed.  This policy entails that anyone investing in an industry in Zambia to factor in the generation of at least 50% of its own energy on site through solar panels, batteries and inverters. Any property in Zambia whether domestic, public or commercial will be expected to have an energy plan and to install solar panels to compliment its electrical energy consumption. To do this schools, colleges, universities, shopping malls, hotels,  office buildings and other commercial buildings as well as government buildings throughout the country will be encouraged and expected  to install solar panels on their rooftops and place solar cladding on vertical surfaces such as walls and other bare surfaces of their buildings that receive sunlight such that they can generate 50% or more of their energy needs. Industries with ample land including agriculture, mining and so on will be expected to invest in solar arrays to compliment their industrial power consumption. Households on the other hand will be expected to install solar panels on their rooftops to generate at least 50% or more of their energy needs. Schools, colleges and universities would be expected to do the same. The city council will even be able to place this levy on the Energy Regulation Board’s own headquarters, which would be required to place solar panels on its walls, roof and bare surfaces to generate at least 50% of its own power. Every commercial and government building must place an electronic billboard publicly showing how much power it is currently generating through its internal solar installation. If a household or business is able to supplement 50% of its power through solar panel installations it is no longer required to pay the Green Rates to the council.From this point onward, if it increases its power generation capacity through solar panel installation it moves from just a consumer of power to a decentralized supplier of power which it sells to entities like Zesco in partnership with the city council. The city council now earns income from the supply of electricity from these decentralized sources rather than from the levy.

Buildings can be assessed for power generation capacity. For instance it may be found that cladding only a quarter of the ERB building in solar panels is enough to yield 50% of its energy consumption then a 100% cladding can still be encouraged as the excess energy can be supplied to the grid to generate income for the ERB and the city councils. If any entity is able to generate more than 50% of its energy through internal solar installations then in partnership with the council it should be able to supply this excess solar generated electricity to the grid and earn a profit from it 15% of which is paid to the local city council. This becomes a continuous revenue line for city councils. Entities would be encouraged to move toward capturing 100% of their potential solar generation capacity by the additional revenues they can earn from selling their excess solar energy.

The aim of this policy

There is a lot being said about old power stations being refurbished and increasing their generation capacity as well as new power stations coming online in Zambia to meet the power supply shortfall. This is certainly good news, however, government policy should lean toward centralized power stations such as these focusing on and specializing on the export of electricity to neighbouring countries and throughout Africa. Meanwhile domestic electricity supply should specialize on decentralized power generation using renewable energy technologies through the introduction of a Green Rates policy.

The policy should be that during the day - everything runs on daylight. This means investment in solar power in Zambia should become so advanced everything can run on solar power and it can power the entire economy. We know that a major weakness of solar power is that it is only available during the day. However, there are two basic solutions to this. The first is that batteries are incorporated into the power supply system. The second fail-safe is that since government policy is to achieve the objective of powering all daytime domestic, government, industrial and commercial activity using solar power during the daytime all power generated by hydroelectric resources should be available for export. In addition to this it should be available to support power requirements at night where batteries are impractical or fail.

The initial aim of this policy can be to create a rapid drive toward more than 2 million 350 watt solar panels functioning throughout the country generating in excess of 560MW of electricity and growing, paid for and enjoyed by both  the public and private sector. Targets can be set by government using the Green Rates policy for the expansion of solar panels in the country for instance to a rate of 400, 000 350 watt solar panels per year country wide. As internal supply grows through this policy the support it creates for the economy also enables entities like Zesco to export any spare capacity created by this policy thereby earning the country foreign exchange. It will also enable Zesco to begin to develop power supply export infrastructure such as power lines and sub-stations across the continent that position it as the single most efficient and largest capacity exporter of electricity in Africa. With this two pronged approach to power generation the export of electricity should be built up to become one of Zambia's biggest diversification strategies led by Zesco and other centralized power suppliers while the domestic focus on decentralized power generation using the Green Rates policy should become one of the largest domestic excursions into the internal generation of power through solar technologies led by city councils throughout the country.

Zambia today grapples with a 560MW deficit in power. 560MW of electricity sounds like a tremendous amount of electrical energy, but in the greater scheme of things it isn’t that much really. A Megawatt is equivalent to 1 thousand Kilowatts of electrical energy or 1 million Watts. Zambia therefore has a shortfall of 560 million watts. This equates to roughly 1.6 million 350 watt solar panels. Apply economies of scale to the problem by diverting the potential task of building new power supply stations or acquiring 2 million panels from one investor to every business, parastatal, government ministry and every household in Zambia through the right policy and it is not such a difficult objective or target to achieve. If funds to build grand hydro-electric projects are simply not available up front, and even if they were the possibility of prolonged drought reduces the reliability of hydro-electric power then the fall-back and buttress for energy supply can be decentralised to businesses, households, parastatals and other public entities with buildings and space to mount solar arrays, equip rooftops or clad buildings with solar panels. If everyone is encouraged to contribute to the generation of power through the Green Rates policy a way through the problem can be found. Banks could also step in to provide the funding for government buildings, households and commercial buildings to implement solar systems that generate power as it would make more sense to pay the bank for the equipment, thereby avoid the levy and eventually be free of it and in a better power supply situation. The approach I would recommend for Zambia going forward is a surge in investment in solar energy and a decentralisation of power generation systems and focusing large hydro electric projects on generating power for export rather than domestic consumption alone using a Green Rates policy implemented by local city councils throughout the country.

A small home only requires a 10Kva or 10Kilowatt power supply system and about 16Kilowatt system for a large home. There are solar panels today that have an output of 350watts but only occupy a surface area of 1mx0.6m or 0.6 square meters. The Green Rate policy would be in place as a long term strategy to encourage all domestic  households, government buildings and commercial entities to invest in solar power and internally generate as much 50% of their own power should be a source of self-sufficiency.

Investment in Solar Energy

In line with this policy the Energy Regulation Board (ERB) or local councils would be encouraged to buy into and invest in a leading manufacturer of solar technologies such as modules (panels), batteries, inverters and a host of other software and hardware with the view to creating a partnership that culminates in opening plants in Zambia that manufacture these applications. Since the national policy would be focused on the maximization of solar energy as a national vision it would only make sense that Zambia begin to invest in the manufacture of solar technologies in order to supply the economy and the region with these products. This new industry would also be necessary to repair, refurbish and recondition spent solar panels to restore their power generation capacity at a fraction of the cost of replacing them with entirely new ones. As each of Zambia's growing stock of millions of solar panels ends its 20 year cycle it is repaired, refurbished, enhanced with the whatever new developments in technology there are and returned to duty ensuring that the national stock of solar modules remains an ongoing asset. This policy would foster job creation, save foreign exchange and encourage schools, colleges and universities in Zambia to conduct research in the enhancement and advancement of solar energy. 

The Dream or Vision of this Policy

Imagine 2 million 350 watt solar panels and counting generating electricity throughout Zambia. It would be great to see the Energy Regulation Board’s stylistic building clad almost completely in solar panels, with an electronic bill board showing digitally how much electricity the building is generating. This sight alone would speak volumes and set the tone for a vision of Zambia as a country that maximises the use of an abundant renewable energy source such as solar power. The once popular slogan “Zambia in the Sun” would not only mean Zambia is a great tourist destination, but in practical terms is also a country that believes in generating power through a resource it has abundantly namely, the sun.

Green Rates Policy: Bare concrete surfaces and rooftops of Government
buildings would be clad in tasteful solar paneling

It would be superb to see an iconic building like FINDECO house cover all of the square panels on its exterior walls and all of its upper concrete crown with power generating solar panels. It would be fantastic to see the Protea hotels at Arcades, the MTN, Zamtel and Airtel buildings, the Zanaco building and so on  almost completely clad in stylistic solar paneling.

Imagine iconic buildings across Zambia completely clad in tastefully arranged
solar panels that generate surplus power
It would be great to see Solar arrays rising up from behind the long fence that surrounds State House, soaking up the sun and expressing to everyone driving down Independence avenue and Los Angeles road that Zambia is a country investing in a vision to become a solar power nation beginning with what is the most important government building in the country. Imagine the Ministry of Finance, Secretariat, Ministry of Agriculture  and the many new and old government buildings clad in solar panels as a statement of this new  policy. Wouldn’t it be great to see solar panels on the rooftops of homes in any low or high density suburb one passes through in Zambia generating energy and contributing to the national grid with power shortages a thing of the past? This dream is achievable with the right strategy and policy.

Rooftop Panels and Solar Arrays: Zambia can introduce a policy to harness solar power that stretches into the future.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

His Holiness Pope Francis Arrives in the United States met by President Obama

When you are in good company: all the world needs is a few good men and women.
Before he arrived in the United States Pope Francis was in Cuba where he met Raul Castro and Fidel Castro and held an open air mass. Pope Francis will address the US Congress.By scheduling his travel in this way Pope Francis demonstrates that his Papacy is about building bridges, making peace, finding common ground, rather than choosing sides or harbouring prejudices that get in the way of genuine and meaningful religious, societal and economic progress. Similarly, the offer of salvation is open to all without exclusion. Many leaders can learn from this example. Progress is made by those who have the courage to see beyond differences, rather than those who allow themselves to be bound by differences.

Monday, 7 September 2015

Scaling up & Revolutionising Nutrition in Zambia

Nutrition forms a very important aspect of health. Zambia is a country among many that has a significant gap to fill when it comes to the nutritional well-being of its people. Nearly every Zambian family regardless of whether it is in a low or high income bracket enjoys Nshima, Bwali or Pap as a staple food in its diet. Nshima is made from maize-meal or maize-flour. It can be formed into a thick paste and enjoyed with other  relish made from cooked vegetables and meat. Mealie-meal or wunga as it is commonly known can also be eaten as porridge.   There are two common forms of mealie-meal, namely roller and break-fast . When break-fast mealie-meal was invented in Choma and introduced to the market it caused a sensation and revolutionised Nshima. Zambian’s enjoy and consume large quantities of mealie-meal on a daily basis. The only weakness in Nshima as a product is that it consists mostly of starch and has very little real nutritional value that often must be gained from the relish or other products it is consumed with. 

What Zambia needs today is a new revolution in mealie-meal that transforms it from a low nutrition food to a very high nutrition food.  One way for the Zambian government to do this is to make it mandatory for milling companies to augment the composition of wunga (mealie-meal) such that it includes other  flours. When millers produce mealie-meal for national consumption it should be a requirement, for instance, that every bag of mealie-meal, be it 25Kg or 10Kg be made from a diverse range of flours. Maize-meal could form 50% of the content, while flour from millet is added at 10%, sorghum-10%, cassava - 10%, soya bean flower at 10%, dried unripe banana or plantain flour at 5%, rice flour at 3%, dried ground nut flour 2%. These ingredients, sourced throughout the various provinces of Zambia are then combined to create a new roller and break-fast wunga that is now fortified with other highly nutritional grains sourced from regions of Zambia that have a comparative advantage in growing a particular crop.Sorghum for instance is said to be naturally high in fiber and iron, with a high protein level as well. Rich in antioxidants, which are believed to help lower the risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and some neurological diseases. Full of policosanols that may have an impact on human cardiac health. Flour from sweet potatoes for instance is another potential addition that could be a percentage based ingredient since sweet potatoes grow abundantly and cheaply. The unique flavour of Mongu rice that could easily place it amongst the best tasting and most aromatic rice in the world can be milled into flour as a constituent percentage. The crop mix in the new mealie-meal flour would include a diverse range of highly nutritional crops that are not necessarily cereals, but selected for their advantages to create a "super" food. 

 Other foods that can be considered for the new mealie-meal mix are beans. Beans grow abundantly and quite easily in Zambia. They can be grown by both subsistence farmers in rural areas and commercial farmers. Par-boiled beans that are then allowed to dry and ground into a fine flour can be combined to as much as 10% of the 25Kg mix, which is 2.5Kg of bean flour. The taste threshold of beans would fit well into the new nshima mix. In addition experts in nutrition consider beans a super-food being very high in protein and other beneficial nutritional qualities that bolster health.

Beans are a well known super-food that grows in many varieties in Zambia.
Pumpkins also grow very easily in the Zambian climate and are cheap to cultivate. Par boiled and dried pumpkin that is ground to make flour can be a seasonal addition to the Nshima mix. In addition to this pumpkin seeds sourced from the same crop, like ground nuts,  can be dried and ground to produce a flour that can also be a potential ingredient for the nutrition mix in new fortified Nshima.

Pumpkins and pumpkin seeds can produce cheap nutritional flour

With this new revolution in Nshima, the national dish, when a mother in Zambia cooks porridge for her child, or when a child rolls up a ball of Nshima to dip in relish: that Nshima they have in their hand is a virtual explosion of nutrition government can use to fight disease and dramatically enhance health in Zambia. The centrality and importance of maize-meal as a national food may require a special health council consisting of professionals to determine the ingredients that go into the final product. These ingredients would be chosen for both high nutritional value as well as regional comparative advantage. They do not have to be restricted to cereals either, but can consist of any highly nutritional agricultural product within the taste horizon of mealie-meal that is cheap and easy to cultivate and can be turned into a flour that can be mixed or combined with maize-meal. The council would also need to be in place to monitor quality, ensure there is product substitution should any one ingredient become unavailable and to ensure the taste is not compromised.

New fortified Nshima will look the same, it may taste different
but over time would be on its way to becoming the prized national dish.

In terms of portions on many plates Nshima, as shown served in the example above,  will more often consist of 60% or more of the total mass of foods on a single plate. Consequently a government encouraging raising the nutritional value of mealie-meal through product substitution to create a highly nutritious and beneficial mix will have a dramatic impact on the over-all health of Zambians.

The new fortified mealie-meal will enhance a Zambian’s health, improve vitality, increase resistance to disease, stop stunted growth, reduce trips to the hospital, deter infections, fight against malnutrition and change the nation’s entire health landscape. The taste of Nshima will surely change. However, all the flours mentioned above are able to contribute to a different, but pleasant taste that can be sold through an aggressive advertising and marketing strategy for the new more enhanced mealie-meal. By selling the health advantages of new Nshima while sustaining the same price or a lower price households can be enticed into a preference for the new national product. Eventually, when there is sufficient public buy in this fortification can be made mandatory. For instance, it is mandatory in Zambia for processed salts to include iodine as a means for improving public health. The same approach can be eventually applied to how mealie-meal is manufactured Zambia.

The impact a fortified maize meal or Nshima could have on health in
Zambia would be extra-ordinary.
Cheaper Mealie-Meal through Diversification 

By bringing in the ingredients mentioned above the government would be able to significantly lower the cost of mealie-meal. How? Maize is a very expensive crop to farm. It requires plenty of land, water, expensive fertilizers and pesticides. This creates many logistic and cost challenges when creating mealie-meal. The answer to the problem is the diversification of ingredients. On the other hands crops like millet and cassava can be grown cheaply in drier more arid parts of the country. Rice can be grown in wetlands. Groundnuts , Bananas and soya beans can be farmed in regions of Zambia at lower cost as they have the comparative advantage. Many of these crops require little or no fertilizer and can be grown on a small or large scale widely expanding who can contribute to production. Families with small areas of land would still be able to grow a crop that would be readily marketable as it would be in high demand by milling companies producing new fortified Nshima. This would mean diverse unemployed youth and households with access to land would be able to identify a specific crop they can grow in order to successfully generate income without being constrained by the high cost of implements and since these products will be in demand by millers once grown they will have a ready market. Requiring these ingredients for the production of mealie-meal creates a ready and vibrant market for these products with the potential of transforming livelihoods across the country by involving the whole country in the production of its staple food. When Zambians say Nshima is their national dish, they will not simply mean it as a food everyone enjoys, but proudly as a food which has ingredients grown and sourced throughout the country that by being diversified in this way uplifts not only nutrition but the livelihoods of diverse Zambians across the country. Having agricultural land in abundance entails that this strategy would begin to more efficiently leverage Zambia's agricultural potential whilst transforming both health and the economy in ways government would not have thought possible before. 

Economic Advantages

Surplus maize created by substitution can either be stored
as a food reserve to enhance Zambia's food security or exported.
Diversifying the ingredients of mealie-meal is not only an opportunity for a government to create a super food that dramatically enhances health, it is also an important opportunity to free up surplus maize for storage and export as well as a means of encouraging farmers across the country to produce less popular foods and grains. Cassava and sorghum for instance would suddenly develop a huge market as millers would be required to source them across the country for the production of mealie-meal. The demand for ground nuts and soya beans that can grow abundantly in Zambia would increase tremendously as a mandatory ingredient for the production of the country's staple food.

Many fruits and vegetables though abundant are not considered commercially viable cash crops. However, through this innovation in fortified Nshima crops that nearly anyone could grow would suddenly have a ready cash market where they are purchased. Zambia has abundant land and water resources. The transformation of many mundanely grown crops into a cash crops by creating demand through a new fortified Nshima mix using more diverse ingredients sourced throughout the country would create a fundamental shift in the nation's agriculture and have the potential to revolutionize Zambia's agricultural sector. The impact on poverty would be dramatic as overnight any person with access to land would be able to grow a crop for which they can earn a decent income. In addition to this the commodities market would welcome any excess created from this diversification which itself would lead to new more refined agricultural products available on the Zambian market for domestic consumption and export. This policy move would very likely become one of Zambia's most strategic socio-economic shifts since independence.This strategic shift in agricultural policy by government would potentially be the single most important change ever introduced to the economy and nutritional well-being of the country.

By using regional comparative advantages in crop production the national staple would be created from crops sourced throughout Zambia thereby bringing new vitality to even rural settings where these products are farmed, but do not currently have any real commercial value. This new opportunity would enhance incomes and further reduce the prevalence of poverty. It may be possible to reduce the maize content in mealie-meal to 40% through substitution thus leaving a 60% maize surplus. In the mean time commercial farmers would be encouraged to continue to produce maize as the 50%-60% surplus that used to go into a 25Kg bag of mealie-meal but has since been replaced or substituted by other ingredients can be exported to countries looking for maize thereby earning the country forex.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Is Obama Correct About Iran?

Now that President Obama has provided all the pragmatic and strategically sensible reasons why Iran should be allowed back into the international community in exchange for the peaceful use of nuclear power during his interview with Farheed Zakaria on CNN let’s look at the spiritual reasons why President Obama’s position is correct.

Farheed Zakaria interviews President Obama on CNN

We all know that the real reason why everyone is really secretly petrified of Iran is because geographically, Iran is thought to be Persia. Nobody says it outright because they don't want come across as religious "weirdos" so to speak, but Israel is at the centre of prophecy in the final apocalyptic show down between heaven and the devil. According to the Book of Daniel the Prince of Persia who is often perceived as the devil personified will hold all the cards and lead the thrust that leads to the final war to end all wars the descriptions of which frightens any sensible person right down to the bone marrow. This is the real reason why nuclear weapons in the hands of Iran must keep Prime Minister Netanyahu, the US Congress and all peace loving people awake at night.

However, this analysis is wrong in many ways. Firstly President Obama is right, Iran should be allowed back into international community for the simple reason that Iran is not the prophesied Persia. Therefore, Iran is not the perceived threat to Israel people mistakenly believe it is, far from it. Armageddon is the horrific war the Bible teaches the faithful heaven has been preparing humanity for since before the birth of Christ, in fact since before the creation of Israel and the Jews.  

To understand this war you must go as far back as the very fall of Lucifer. Lucifer’s eviction from heaven took place as a result of discrimination. Racism and discrimination, is and will always be a threat to humanity. We know now that the first Jews were in fact Africans, Aba-ntu, the Children or People of God. Their religious descendants include the Jews and Jewish nation of Israel. If you think heaven’s stand against Lucifer was whimsical then take the time to look at the suffering faced by Africans during the slave trade and after this the civil rights movement and to this day their persistent struggle with poverty. Look at the suffering of Jews during the holocaust. In religious circles it is believed that heaven stood against Lucifer, it took a position that it would not accept his prejudice because of its ability to cause this kind of mindless suffering. He was cast out. The war between heaven and Satan began. Nearly every war on earth is and will be fought over discrimination of some kind, where people feel deprived of their rights or what they believe is rightfully theirs.  When these wars took on a certain intensity on earth we called them the World Wars. This is as simple as it can be told.

The last Prince of Persia is familiar to most, his name was Adolf Hitler. Many may say, but Hitler wasn’t Persian. Now you’re beginning to understand how this works. When Hitler introduced the infamous swastika to the world his philosophy and beliefs were centred around the supremacy of the Aryans, who were placed at the top of the tier of racial superiority. When Hitler raised the swastika, he did not only lift up a political state, but a system of belief, a pseudo-religion based on discrimination. Many people, especially present day Christians, are of the belief that to be evil it is mandatory for a person to consort with the "underworld" and practice some kind of witch-craft. This can be misleading and misinforming. Indeed evil is evil, but it is not this simplistic. What they forget is that in heaven Lucifer was an angel of light; he could teach and preach with lucid wisdom and brilliance with the best of them. His name translated from Hebrew means "day-star, son of the morning". Many people and preachers are like this today. Able to quote scripture, pass judgement on others and speak the message candidly.  Lucifer could do this, but he was prejudiced against humanity, believing humanity was inferior and in so doing elevated himself to the place of a deity over man; when there is only one true God, our Father. Scripture is very clear about Lucifer's fall. In principal a Luciferian often does not know he or she follows Satan. They believe they are a source of wisdom, light as Lucifer thought of himself, but they harbour prejudices, like Lucifer, against anyone they deem inferior or lesser than themselves.  Is there any person or group you hold prejudices against? Can you luci-dly and eloquently justify those prejudices, possibly even use Scripture to explain yourself? If so you could very well be a practicing Satanist or Luciferian spreading the devil's beliefs without you yourself knowing it; this is how deceptive evil is today. A diligent, wise and discerning Christian will tend to see this trap and avoid being caught so easily in the devil's snare. Caught in this snare, Hitler thought himself to be a champion of the people and a bearer of light (which is what a swastika represents) but he held deep prejudices.  Biblically, since Hitler’s belief system was centred on prejudice, he,  the Prince of Persia then, was therefore Biblically and in principle a Luciferian or Satanist. Don’t be fooled by all the voodoo dolls, hocus pocus and "underworld" mumbo jumbo that is often a smoke screen for the fact that from Lucifer’s fall, the enemy of humanity is the organised  belief systems built on prejudice. Be wary of what you believe as the only basic or fundamental tool a person or institution needs to be a clear Luciferian or Satanist is prejudice against humanity, against a race, a group, a tribe, the poor, the rich, a people, a nation any aspect of humanity he or she will justify is worthy of inferiority. This is why the devil continues, to this day, to make inroads into individuals, groups, homes, churches, governments, institutions, on radio, on television and so on. Prejudice is at the center of true evil as it is at the centre of the suffering of humanity and the justification of this suffering. The Prince of Persia is therefore intrinsically the Prince or proponent of a belief system founded on prejudice; which is basically described as "sacred beliefs mingled with prejudice" that is translated or conveyed in the Bible as an abomination standing in a holy place. A belief system considered sacred, but that is is deeply tainted by discrimination or prejudice. This takes the geography and philosophy of the Biblical Persia further east to the Caste system, which originates in India not Iran. Many people do not know that Hitler’s religion was furnished through the Likes of Madame Blavatsky and many others who in turn furnished Europe at the time with the template and justification for organised racism with white skinned people as the ruling class at the top and black or dark skinned people as slaves at the bottom. Many Africans today are still completely oblivious about this. Europeans took these eastern philosophies, grew them in social circles and used them to gain the moral authority with which to justify the enslavement and colonisation of black Africans while Hitler, brandishing the swastika before him used it as the basis for the persecution of the Jews.  Israel’s (the Jews) enemy was never Germany, but the prejudiced belief system Hitler championed, which he in turn gained from India during the early age of exploration when Europe was introduced to the Caste system in Indian society. The side of India you are more familiar with is the pleasant religious Guru, John Lenon, Yoko Ono, the Beatles and flower power, but there is a much more sinister side to all this. It is a belief system based on prejudice called the Caste System that places pale Arayans or Brahmins at the top and dark skinned Indians at the bottom. This prejudice would later be imposed on Africans for obvious reasons.

When the Bible talks about the Prince of Persia it is not talking about Iran, it is making reference to this belief system which is corrupted since it is rooted and created in organised hate or prejudice. Unfortunately this “Caste” system has its roots in India. India has many wonderful beliefs and is a country I love but must be very careful because the dangerous societal traits built on philosophies such as the Caste System backed by society, tradition and religion are in its back yard making it potentially the nation the Bible identifies as Persia or at the very least providing the basis for the prejudiced philosophy that is used to wage the final war lead by Israel’s worst enemy and the most feared nation on earth. Hitler, Slavery, the Holocaust, the fight for Civil Rights, Colonialism have already shown the world the potentialities here. Apparently that potential will rise again, the prejudiced belief system will be exploited and threaten the entire world in some popular form we can barely begin to comprehend today, but that will thrive in the war to end all wars in which the devastation and desolation is so widespread and complete it is described by Christ himself as being caused by an abomination. This is not a conflict that should be taken nonchalantly; it requires preparation.

Many say the First World War was caused by the death of Franz Ferdinand. Was it really? Could this have simply been an excuse? Many will understand that Armageddon will be caused by the rise of some form of widely accepted nationalistic and/or organised prejudice that  sweeps across and threatens the world. Will it really? It sounds like nonsense or mumbo jumbo, but in religious space it was enough to get Lucifer cast out and begin an epic war the culmination of which the world is billed to have a front seat not at the cinema, but on the battle field. This is the war heaven has been preparing for since before Moses. Israel must ask itself; why would God send his only begotten Son and found Christianity? Why would he appear to the Prophet Muhammad and the Angel Gabriel reveal the Koran? Why would God undermine his own plans? If all the chess pieces for the final war are being moved into position before us over thousands of years, then whom in the Middle East is Israel surrounded by? Whom in the final war will the enemy have to go through before it can reach Israel? Yes, Israel may have differences with Palestine, but do you think that in planning over eons for the war to end all wars heaven would surround the final stage with enemies? The Middle East is ground zero and Islam is not Israel’s enemy, but geographically forms its frontline states and are its last defence, the same way Zambia was a frontline state in the stand against Ian Smith in Zimbabwe and regional ally in the fight against Apartheid in South Africa. It is highly unlikely Israel is surrounded by enemies but allies and until it begins to see the big picture, start making the right friends with Palestine and the Middle East in general and gets its act together the very last stand will be a weak one. Learn to love your neighbour as you love yourself – as the adage goes. Apply just a tad more brain power to the unfolding situation. Sparingly, no one living in this generation will see this final war. If a generation by my own regard is fifty years, then by analysis and estimation it will most likely take place in the next ten generations; which seems like a very long way off, but because of its gravity, it is just around the corner. In my humble opinion, if humanity is to have any chance at all of surviving this holocaust, fore-armed with the knowledge of this timeline, it is best humanity begin to do what it can to start preparing to survive it today while there is still a little room for lessening the duration of that conflict. By beginning to prepare in this age, in our time, to withstand and survive the devastation it is possible to shorten those days and thereby prevent the the consummate end of some human civilizations.   

Iran has absolutely nothing to do with the concept of race supremacy Hitler promoted. Iran’s religious history is well known to have been based on Zoroastrianism, that is, the veneration of fire. The Caste system’s Brahmins more likely identified themselves with the Arayans (Iranians) who migrated to India as Zoroastrians. They claimed descendancy from them due to the unusually light, almost European skin tone of Iranians which the Indian Caste system prizes to this day and that was used to manufacture race superiority that was later adopted by European nations in what became the “scientific racism”. It encouraged eugenics and determined the prejudiced attitude of Europeans toward Africans during the slave trade and colonialism and eventually against “higher” Caste Indians themselves who though lighter skinned than their kinsmen were not lighter than white Europeans. Quite ironically Brahmins, at the top of the Caste system, were thus suddenly, as a result of colonialism, considered a lower race by conquerors, victims of their own system of institutionalised racial prejudice based on ethnicity or skin colour. It is well known that though Hitler is vilified today his views on race superiority were and still are admired by diverse social circles in European society. Therefore the evidence is that India, not Iran is far more closely identified as Persia in the Bible. The fact that Hitler was emboldened by the fundamental ideas on racial superiority from the Indian caste belief systems that leads to the persecution of the Jews backs this evidence.

Finally when Christians want to gain knowledge about the dreaded final war they read the Book of Revelation. The devastation and destruction of the final war described in Revelation is chilling to the bone. Revelation is not the only Book containing knowledge about the end times. There are other similar books from other cultures and religions. India has such texts called the Vedas. There is a very long and descriptive tale about this same war in Indian ancient literature called the Mahabharata. The mistake many make when they read the Vedas, the Mahabharata and about flying chariots or Vimanas is that they think they are reading literature about the ancient past when in fact much of this literature is a description about the future, that is, it is prophetic. These ancient people even recreated buildings and artefacts that resemble modern rockets, missiles or flying machines today. These ancient rockets are called Vimanas. Of course they cannot take off and fly, they are a re-creation in the ancient past of an awe inspiring technology from the future, that is, from today – our timeline, our future. The mistake made is that generally people believe there were rockets in those ancient times when in fact these are prophetic artefacts in that they are art-form predictions of not only technologies of the future, but of their use in transportation and in warfare. The rocket became an awe inspiring religious symbol of military supremacy as a result of these beliefs. It is descriptive of the world humanity lives in today and is building toward in the future. Every government today fears nuclear war. But most people know a nuclear warhead is only as dangerous as how far and how quickly the nuclear payload can be delivered. A nation with the fastest, longest range, most accurate rockets or flying machines is the true superpower of tomorrow. If no place on earth is outside its reach and its rocket science is so evolved that it is capable of intercepting any rocket fired against it then in today’s world it is invincible. Whoever masters rocket science or the science of flying machines above and beyond nuclear science is a true global military power. The belief in Vimanas and the tales in the Vedas and Mahabharata appear to predict India gaining this military supremacy almost as a kind of inheritance. It is a well known fact that today, though not considered a developed nation, India manufactures some of the most powerful and most sophisticated long range rockets in the world. In essence this ancient literature is already proving quite accurate.

Iran is not the Biblical Persia, and it is a grave military miscalculation to make this mistake. Therefore there is nothing much for the nation of Israel to fear from Iran. We all love India, a peace loving nation with so much tenderness and knowledge to share with the world. But what role could India, if accurately identified as Persia, possibly play in the chilling war to end all wars? It should also not be ruled out it may not be prejudice received from, but shown against India by other peoples and nations that, like Archduke Franz Ferdinand, creates the flashpoint that becomes the trigger for conflict. This is quite right; the problem is not and never will be India or its people. This is also true of Germany and its people. Similarly, the problem in the First and Second World Wars was never Germany. It was a belief system. This belief system was exploited by a few misguided individuals who became very powerful and it inevitably proved inimical to humanity. Therefore, all of us should subscribe to tribal, ethnic and race equality, we should encourage the need for nations without exception to live free of discrimination, poverty and crippling debt and believe in the upliftment of all of humanity above and beyond geography.

Which brings us back to Farheed Zakaria’s interview. President Obama is making the right political decision concerning Iran, even though most people including Israel may not understand it. All I have done here is throw in a different perspective.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

President Obama and The Spiritual Significance of the Homeland to all People

An Accomplished man: Africans in the Diaspora who take the time to return home are blessed.
President Obama embraces his sister at Dr Auma Obama at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi on July 24, 2015. On the right is President Uhuru Kenyatta. PHOTO | JOAN PERERUAN | NATION MEDIA GROUP

For those Africans in the Diaspora who may doubt the significance of visiting the homeland and genuinely being with God and family, one man who did this returned to the home where he lives in the United States and became the President of the United States of America. This achievement is something many would have thought impossible for a black person to achieve and yet he did. Africans and their descendants living in the Diaspora should never forget that the blessing spoken of in Deuteronomy is very real and something they should take very seriously. The blessing that awaits them here is real and they should make the effort to genuinely pilgrimage with a pure heart in order to have that blessing upon them when they return. An African, regardless of how great they may presume themselves to be should never turn their back on Africa or distance themselves from the homeland. For those Africans and their descendants in the Diaspora, it is also important to remember that when they turn their backs on their roots, who they truly are, on the homeland that blessing from the Father is lost and instead remains a caveat on their lives, their family and their children's lives that leads to obstacles, persistent failure, gains that are always worn away by loss. It is important to receive your blessing and remove the caveat.

Pilgrimage with a pure and genuine heart and the blessing of being in the homeland will be yours.
Barrack Obama in this picture would not have known
the impact of the blessing his decision to pilgrimage to Africa would later have on his life. 

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

His Holiness Pope Francis Homecoming

Pope Francis on Monday met with around 30 of his relatives – 6 cousins and their families -  in the Archbishop’s residence in Turin, and also celebrated Mass with them. Afterwards, they had lunch together. The Holy Father on Sunday made a brief visit to the Church of Santa Teresa, where his paternal grandparents Giovanni and Rosa Bergoglio Vassallo were married in 1907, and where his father Mario was baptized the following year. 
Pope Francis has revealed that he is coming to Africa this year, with a visit that will see him land in Uganda and Central African Republic. That will be his first trip to Africa since he was elected Pope almost 2 years ago. The last papal trip to Africa was in 2011 when Benedict XVI visited Benin.
It is now official: Pope Francis will visit Kenya in November. State House on Saturday confirmed the Vatican had officially reached out to the Kenya government and agreed on a papal visit at the end of the year. However, the two governments were working on the specific dates.

“The Vatican has formally contacted the government about a visit to Kenya in November. The government has responded in the affirmative. We look forward to this historic visit by the Holy Father,” said President Uhuru Kenyatta’s spokesman Manoah Esipisu.

Daily Nation
 Africa welcomes his Holiness Pope Francis  on his first official and historic visit to the continent. It would have been lovely for him to also visit Southern Africa if his schedule would allow this.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

The African Legacy & The Holiest Place

On Wednesday 13th May 2015 I was invited by Dr. Liya Nawa Mutale to Chita Lodge to speak to a small interdenominational group about the topic: the African Spiritual Dilemma. There is only so much one can discuss at a meeting such as this and so now I would like to elaborate adding much greater detail.

I began by explaining why I wrote this piece in the first place which was inspired by many of the challenges Africans were facing not just on the continent but in the diaspora. I likened this suffering to a child walking in the street covered in dust, walking from car to car begging for alms, sitting by the road side selling fritters in a persistent state of desperation. This child’s family provided for the child in their legacy. In their legacy they bequeathed the child land, a house, livestock and chattels. Workers maintain the house, they tend to the livestock, till the land and keep the legacy growing from year to year in good stead for the child. Religion is that legacy, it is the churches and believers who tend to the legacy and keep it alive. The child is unaware of this legacy and this great wealth. It continues covered in dust, knocking on car windows with an outstretched hand. The suffering of Africans spares no continent, spares no class and no level of accomplishment. You can be dirt poor and suffer pitifully from poverty from day to day, but you can be educated, greatly talented, wealthy and proud of your accomplishments, but this will not spare you from experiencing or being injured by racial discrimination or abuse somewhere in the world and at times even in your own country. The nature of this suffering is very explicit described in Deuteronomy. It is so specific in its description that it is categorical in its comparison to what Africans have endured over the ages. If the Bible describes the suffering of Africans, then who are we in the context of this legacy?

The Spiritual Dimension

I then described how a trip to Masvingo brought specific chapters I had read in the Holy Bible. What struck me is when I first saw the abundance of stones with which the Zimbabwe Monument were built and I recalled:

1 Kings 19:11 .. And behold, the LORD was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind.

A small voice within me said behold the rocks that were broken in pieces; this is the place [Zimbabwe Monument] from which they were built. In awe I looked at the walls and how neatly each stone had been put in place. I thought that this was all there was to it. However, when we approached the Hill Monument we were lead up a path. As I walked on this path Scripture was once again recalled to me:

Exodus 33:21-23 And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: 22And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: 23And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.

A small voice within spoke again saying Behold where you place your feet is Holy, it is the path upon which the Ancient of Days walked. I felt a strange rush as though I was not just observing, but having a front row experience of the unveiling of a grand spectacle. At this time I was still a little sceptical and thought maybe these are just coincidences. As I walked on upward and came around the hill an opening appeared and as I grew closer a cleft shaped cave appeared and began to take shape. The small voice spoke again saying Behold, the clift in the rock which the Lord your God covered as he passed by. The small voice was the Holy Spirit, and I felt in that moment as though I had not been brought to this monument at Masvingo in Zimbabwe by mistake. It felt as though it was ordained that I should visit and be shown this place, not as the thousands of tourists who walk around it see it, but in the glory of its true importance.

I remember looking around seeing all these tourists traipsing around the Zimbabwe Monument and I felt a sudden flush of anger. In that brief moment of consternation I knew how Jesus felt when he entered the Temple in Jerusalem and found it was no longer a place of worship but had simply deteriorated into a place for trade.

Luke 19:45 And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought; 46 Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.

I would later write to the Zimbabwean government in the hope that if they were aware of the potential significance of the Zimbabwe Monument it would be treated with much greater reverence. I thought it was good to have visitors and tourists at such an important place yet they should know its value as a holy place of prayer and spiritual value. I’m not sure if the letter had any impact. Finally, as I was leaving the monument I acquired a Zimbabwe bird from the vendors. As I opened the bird in my palm, suddenly I was overwhelmed by regal nature of its pose, the slanting wing and the small voice spoke again saying Behold the Emblem of My House, the House of Masvingo, this is the dove by which I acknowledged My Son, Jesus Christ at his Baptism by John. He is a descendant of this House by blood. It is the House of the Holy Spirit.

This time it is only after the small voice spoke that I recalled the scripture.

Luke 23:22And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove on him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, You are my beloved Son; in you I am well pleased.

My mind tried to make the mind boggling connection between Masvingo in Southern Africa and Nazareth, the Middle East where Jesus Christ our Lord was born. It seemed too great a leap. But then I remembered something the Holy Spirit had taught me long, long before the revelation at Masvingo. In response to a question about Africa and Africans the Holy Spirit had explained the link to me as follows: Africans are Bantu. They are Aba-ntu, they are the People of the Father or People of God, the Father’s People and God’s people. Baba or Aba, meaning Father. Jesus Christ was born a Jew; consequently a bloodline descendant of Africans, of the Bantu, who are in totality the People of God. When the term Bantu is used to refer to a child it is sometimes changed to Bana or Aba-na. The Bantu are not just the People of God, they are also Ba-nana, Bana, “Aba”-na or the Father’s Children, the Children of God or God’s children. To think that the Holy Spirit had revealed this linguistic link between Africa and Judaism, then to have this link revealed through the physical evidence I was led to at the Zimbabwe ruins was testimony of the truth. As the bus drove away from the Zimbabwe Monument I remember being filled with pride, it felt as though I had come full circle. To think that Christianity had its origins in Southern Africa and that Christ himself was a descendant of Africans. I remember saying a quiet prayer in my heart. It is no coincidence that Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi form Israel, that Jerusalem is in Masvingo and the Temple at the Zimbabwe ruins. The mystery of how these territories survived and were kept together is God’s alone. No one else may understand it, see it or acknowledge it, but thank you Lord for opening my eyes and for brining me…to the holiest place on earth. Why the holiest? Because this is where it all began, and this is where it will all return.

And if you will make me an altar of stone, you shall not build it of hewn stone: for if you lift up your tool on it, you have polluted it. Exodus 20:25

The Evidence

Its nice to talk about the spiritual experience of the Zimbabwe Monument, but ultimately there will be evidence required to support this. If we strip away the man made structure at the site, the main physical feature that remains is the Hill. The Hill with the cleft in the rock alone is sufficient structure based evidence of the importance of this site. In examining the Monument it is very important that you understand this. In other words you should not be concerned with when the Monument was constructed as a measure of when religion emerged here. For example an archaeologist may use artifacts to insist the Monument was constructed in "1005AD", "1405AD" or tongue-in-cheek as recently as "1905AD". The date of construction is not relevant as it does not determine when religion evolved here; that is, its genesis. For instance an archaeologist will not, having discovered a church building near your home, examined its date of construction and determine from the man made structure when Christianity began and say it was founded in 1984. Similarly, you should not look at the man made construction of the Zimbabwe Monument, give it a date and determine that this is when the religion began.  What is important is the archaeological age of the principle geological feature of religious merit; that is, the Hill with the cleft in the rock. The Hill itself is ancient (as a are the fractured rocks), practically ageless. It  is around this feature that the genesis of Aba-ntu religion began.

Since the Bible is a record of Jewish history that begins from Genesis, but the Hill predates Judaism as its precursor it can only be pragmatically deduced that the Masvingo site is a religious blueprint of ancient Jewish religious rites upon which Jewish practices would be later founded. For instance when Moses entered the cleft in the rock this is representative of a religious rite that existed prior to this at the Hill. Moses was therefore recreating a religious act or ceremony that had existed originally at the Masvingo site. When Elijah speaks of a great wind rendering the rocks and breaking them into pieces it is not just a reality of the Jewish historic experience, but a re-enacted or relived tradition of what is evident at Masvingo as observed in the stones gathered to construct the site. This is interesting as it means that essentially the Zimbabwe Monument is not just a Monument, it is a vehicle for conducting the religious life, rites and life of the Abantu that would much later historically evolve into the Jewish life and priesthood. After the diaspora when the Bantu left Msavingo these religious rites were re-lived into their everyday experiences and eventually became the events we read in the Bible. What this means is that the life lived at the Zimbabwe Monument is documented and chronicled in the Holy Bible through their descendants, the experiences of the Jews in the Old Testament. The entire life cycle of the Jewish experience from Genesis to the eventual establishment of modern day Israel in Palestine took place and is yet to take place in the cycle of life at the Zimbabwe Monument and Southern African region.The only difference is that the descendants of the Abantu who eventually became Jews maintained the religious rites and traditions on the move from one location to another until they arrived in Egypt and eventually settled in Palestine. Consequently the events of the Bible are a basic retelling of the life that was lived at the Zimbabwe Monument and the region. This is why there is a religious parallelism between Southern Africa and Jewish history as it is told in the Old Testament of the Bible.

There is one exception. As the Israelites lived out the events described in the Bible they eventually completed the prophetic cycle for descendants with the creation of modern day Israel, however, that prophetic cycle for the Bantu, Abantu or Africans despite beginning earlier has not as yet been fulfilled by the establishment of Israel in Southern Africa. This is due to the fact that it requires the Abantu or Bantu, Africans throughout the continent and spread to every corner of the world to begin to gather in the more ancient Israel of Southern Africa (Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi) in order to fulfill their prophesied homage to God as described in Deuteronomy 30. They will be unable to do this as long as they fail to recognise the hidden importance of this region as the Holy Land or Promise Land. Every African on the continent and around the world in the diaspora has to be educated on this and come to the realisation. This recognition, gathering and homage marks the beginning of the end of the suffering of all Africans described in Deuteronomy 30. Unless and until they believe and take this leap of faith the fate of all Africans, their descendants and converts hangs in the balance. Likewise the Emblem of the Zimbabwe Monument, the dove represents the core religious values of the Abantu. Therefore, when the dove is mentioned for example at the Baptism of Christ by John the Baptist, it is very important as it represents a reintroduction of the core values of Ubuntu for instance that had been eroded over time in the life and custom of the Jews as they moved, mingled with and were influenced by other non-African groups of lighter complexion such as the Persians. The dove or bird is therefore a powerful African symbol for the softer, kinder or higher principles in African society that Africans themselves sometimes find hard to follow. Hence when Christ begins his teaching of tolerance, inclusiveness such as conversion by allowing gentiles to be baptized into the fold; with parables and messages such as turn the other cheek,  love your neighbor as you love yourself  and so on he is restoring and recalling the older, softer principles of the more ancient Aba-ntu, the African side of their heritage back into Jewish life and tradition that are represented by the dove, the Emblem also found at Masvingo. This pleases the Father and it is written God is heard to acknowledge this by saying My Son, in whom I am well pleased. This pleasure is inspired by the softer, kinder principles Christians are expected to have, but that have an ancient past. The same God who in Deuteronomy 30 requires the return of his People or Children in the continent and the diaspora to gather in their homeland in Israel, Southern Africa.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

The African Spiritual Ancestral Dilemma

Siize Punabantu 

Watching xenophobic attacks in South Africa, the shooting of unarmed African Americans by law enforcement officers, attack on innocent students in Kenya, the poverty on the African continent, slavery, strife, migrants seeking a better life dying at sea and the malaise indigenous Africans seem to continually face wherever in the world they go makes it ever more pertinent to understand the spiritual dimension to this problem. These events encouraged some soul searching that lead me to talk about something I believe to be true for many years and that I have not talked about, and yet known for close to twenty years..    

Africans have difficulty deciphering their past and placing this in the spiritual context of the historic suffering and strife black people have and continue to experience in the world today. To better understand the spiritual ramifications of the religious history of Africans it is important to put in context where Africans reside in the spiritual dimensions expressed through religious history. Unless you know who you are and where you came from you will have difficulty seeing where you are and where you are going. For instance many Africans today are Christians and yet they have little knowledge about the black ethnic history associated with their faith. Christianity originates from Judaism. It is a fundamental truth that will be inevitably proven through archaeology and DNA research that Judaism originates from Africa.  As long as you are a Jew, by faith and descent you are first and foremost, before any other affiliation, an African. Although the term Jew is derived from Yehuda and in the current day used to represent those affiliated with Judaism the original term used to refer to Jews was simply the word “people”, Bantu. The religious term for Jew is Aba-ntu, People of the Father or People of God, the Father’s People and God’s people. Baba or Aba, meaning Father and 'Bantu, Abantu. Even today Aba or Father is used in languages associated with Judaism, this is a distinctly African reference, in the same way that Mama or Immah means Mother to this day.

Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi formerly  Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland
The Jewish faith is originally an African religion and draws its ethnicity from the Abantu or the Bantu. The problem all indigenous Africans and their descendants face originates from Israel. I know what you are thinking. Not the nation of Israel you observe in Palestine today. The original Israel.  It consisted of three present day nations, namely Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi or a region of Southern Africa the colonialists grouped together and named the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, it is not a coincidence that they combined these three territories together. This was at a time when clandestine groups within European governments including the Hitler’s 3rd Reich, lead by esoteric beliefs, where scouring the earth for religious places and artifacts in the belief they would bring them power, wealth and victory. Cecil Rhodes was dogged by ill health. It was not just the African climate he hoped to cure him when came to Africa as is commonly told in history, esoterically he was looking for a miracle, he hoped to find in a holy place. Jerusalem, not the Jerusalem found in Palestine, but the first and founding Jerusalem of the Old Testament was situated in a region of Southern Africa that today is called Masvingo. In the past, to these ancient people this region was not regarded as "Southern", but "Central" Africa as the centre of a compass needle determines the position of all other locations. Today it is referred to as Southern Africa. If you go to Masvingo, even today you will find the first and original Jewish Temple spoken of extensively in the Old Testament at the Zimbabwe Ruins. Don’t be fooled by the dates and misinterpretations given by archaeologists for this place, that appear to be a deliberate attempt to conceal its true identity from the world. I would intuitively estimate that the Great Zimbabwe Ruins pre-date and are an architecture or construction technique that is precursor to the Pyramids (2630 BC-2611BC), however, not just those in Egypt, but those found in South America. They are likely to be older than the Megalithic Temples in Malta (3,500-2,500BC). They predate the oldest building in France, Bernenez 4,850 BC and yet despite being older demonstrate a building technique and geometric skill that surpasses the workmanship of Bernenez.

Despite being separated by close to 5,500km
the Pyramids of Egypt and the Zimbabwe
Ruins are only longitudinally barely 10km
apart making them constructed almost directly 
opposite one another.

The unseen link between Egypt and Zimbabwe. Intriguingly the location shown in the center between the 6th of October City and Sheikh Zayed City corresponds directly with the Zimbabwe Ruins from which the Pyramids are only 10km away. If one were to travel directly North of the Zimbabwe Ruins 5,500km or so later they would arrive at this location.

The Africans who built the Great Zimbabwe Ruins were exhibiting elements of prodigy, exceptional geometric thinking that rivaled any civilization of that time. Much to the detriment of the region, I am of the opinion archaeologists are underplaying or misconstruing the importance of this place not only to African history, but the history of humanity in general by fumbling the evidence. The occupation of this place by different groups over the years has yielded objects and artifacts that have mislead radio-carbon dating processes into determining it to be much more recent than it is thereby robbing Africa of an ancient heritage. This is a rare living archaeological gem that has clues that it is the place where an advanced human civilization began. It is unfortunate that Africa can posses a place like this, in this day and age, yet appear unfazed by how important it is to the world and remain silent as people who claim to be better informed and educated mislead them about its importance. To put this in context, I am of the opinion that, maintaining the same technological evolution and trajectory, if the civilization that built the Great Zimbabwe ruins were alive today their technological achievements and civilization would be more advanced than ours today. This I believe, if anything, is the greater mystery about the Zimbabwe Ruins.

Geographically, this place was holy and had Biblical significance before any physical structure, stone or building was erected there. The Temple on the hill or mount at Masvingo in Zimbabwe, Southern Africa is in Jerusalem, the first established by God himself. It is the only place on earth where the Bible records that Jehovah himself, indeed the God whom scripture says devotees worship today in the Holy Bible is said to have physically walked on earth creating the Judaic faiths. If you want proof, go there with your Bible and you will see this. Indigenous Africans 'Bantu, Abantu or the spiritual ancestors of modern day Jews were once a very powerful people who began a religion where they had a secret and sacred knowledge and ability with which to communicate directly with Yahweh. This spiritual closeness to God granted these people impressive insights, wisdom and they flourished. However, the breakdown of this African society and its drastic change in fortune is similar to the Historic rejection or betrayal of Jehovah by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.  It mirrors the historic rejection or betrayal of Yahweh by indigenous Africans in Israel or colonial era Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland that caused a diaspora of Abantu throughout Africa and eventually, as a result of the slave trade, throughout the world. After the first diaspora from Masvingo an attempt was made to revive the religion, its customs and traditions and this lead to the creation of a Masvingo or Jerusalem by the descendants of Abantu or Jews in the Middle East, as many people who emigrate tend to do. When they settle in other lands they establish their beliefs there, be it the Middle East or Ethiopia. Eventually, a second attempt was made to salvage and restore the relationship with God his people once had at Masvingo, by an important descendant of the 'Bantu or Abantu, namely Jesus of Nazareth. Christ was a descendant of the house of the Holy Spirit (the House of Masvingo) which is clearly expressed in the Bible where it is written a dove descended on him at his Baptism by John. This is not a coincidence. This dove found at the Zimbabwe Ruins in Masvingo, that represents the Holy Spirit, is the same dove depicted on the Zimbabwean Flag. (It is your prerogative to disagree with anything written here)

From the time of Jesus onward a spiritual change or covenant took place, one did not have to be African or a bloodline descendant to be a Jew, through Christ this relationship with God was open to all people. However, once again Christ was rejected and though salvation was gained through his death, it did not lead to the return to Israel, namely modern day territory of Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi and importantly to Masvingo, the ancestral birthplace of Judaism and modern day Christianity. As a consequence not only did Africans continue to suffer (slave trade, racism, colonialism, lack of civil rights etc) , but so too did those who carried the Jewish bloodline and eventually even those who were not descendants (remember from Christ onward anyone, even a gentile or non-descendant could become a Jew, or child of God. This change did not only create Christianity, it also affected Judaism). This can be observed in the unprecedented suffering observed during the Holocaust by not only bloodline Jewish descendants, but also converts to Judaism who would eventually found the State of Israel - in the Middle East. Even if you are an atheist, if you carry that bloodline you will suffer the same or a similar fate. Even today many Jews may not be Jews by descent but by conversion. From Christ’s time onward there is no distinction between the two, they are considered one and the same and any person who converts shares the same spiritual ancestry and therefore the same fate whether they accept it or not. If they are a bloodline descendant even if they do not believe in anything they are still affected by Biblical caveats. However, the blessings and the revival of the fortune of Palestinian Jews was gained after the return of latter day Jews to Israel in Palestine. They have been restored as was promised in the Old Testament of Bible and have become economically strong. Why have indigenous Africans, their brethren or the first Jews not shared the same fortune and blessings? It’s very simple, Israel in the Middle East is not the first Israel, it is not the spiritual homeland of the Aba-ntu therefore the prophecy required for the lifting of the curse has not been fulfilled. The curse on indigenous African bloodlines and their descendants or converts (Christians) will not be lifted until they return to Israel (which today consists of a region covering three countries Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi) and recognise the region as their spiritual ancestral home.  Africans and their descendants not only in the Diaspora, but on the continent and across the world are the Father’s People, the People of God, or Aba-ntu the ancestors of modern day Jews by bloodline or religion (there is no longer a distinction between the two since the advent of Jesus Christ). Today they are predominantly modern day Christians and Moslems.

The Spiritual location of Israel, Jerusalem and the Temple Mount in Southern Africa

Africans, the People of the Father, Abantu, continue to be cursed and have not shared the economic success and fortune their counterparts, that is, the State of Israel has today after their return to Palestine because they have not gathered or returned to the original or first Israel of the Old Testament (consisting of Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi) see Deuteronomy 30:1-10. As an African living today on the continent and abroad you cannot know that you have a spiritual debt and duty you have not paid that requires you to return to Israel (Southern Africa) to pay respect to your origins that according to the Bible was and is still required of you by God to lift this curse. How can you return, when you don’t even know where the place you are supposed to return to is and no one has shown you where it is? The place is in Southern Africa covered by three countries Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi, together the region they occupy forms the Holy Land. You are expected to recognise this place as the Holy Land, return here, to pay your respects, to journey to the Temple on the Mount in Jerusalem (Masvingo or the Zimbabwe Ruins), sojourn there, kneel there and pray to Jehovah where he walked and remember him, then work together economically and financially to build yourselves up. Until this spiritual return or gathering happens, the prophecy in Deuteronomy 30 as yet remains unfulfilled and the curse on black people on the African continent and throughout the world is not lifted as yet. At present Masvingo is not even recognized as having been built by Africans, an insult. This not just a religious requirement of black people, but of all who are converts to Judaic religions including Christianity as through conversion they share the same fate. Christians in many parts of the world today still suffer and endure terrible persecution. Through Christ your sins are forgiven. However, for your curse to be lifted as a Christian convert or African descendant living today anywhere on the continent and in the world you have to gather and if possible travel at least once a year to recognise the Holy Land, Israel (Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi) then if possible make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem (Masvingo at the Zimbabwe Ruins) to pray, fellowship, recognize and acknowledge Yaweh or Jehovah in the land where he once walked and where he founded the faith many are devoted to, to this day; you thenceforth work together to rebuild yourselves as a people using this region as your fulcrum consequently fulfilling the prophecy in Deuteronomy 30.   The Mosi-oa-tunya or Victoria Falls is not just famous because of David Livingstone, it is even more famous because it resides in Israel, Southern Africa, the Homeland of the Abantu, God’s People, the Father's People.

The need for all Africans regardless of where they are on the continent and in the world to return to their homeland in Southern Africa to gather and pay homage to God is an imperative that the Bible prophecies is required before black Africans and their descendants emerge prosperous and an economic force in the world. It should be remembered that a prophecy foretells future events. For instance, people often make the mistake of saying Christ fulfilled the prophecy of the coming Messiah. This is not how it works. A prophecy is a viewing of an event taking place in the future. Therefore, it is the prophecy that foretells the event, not necessarily the event that fulfills the prophecy. In other words Christ was the Messiah, even before the prophecy was fulfilled. The prophet was only privileged to see the event before it transpired. Similarly, when Africans begin to gather in Southern Africa to pay homage to God and reclaim their ancestry it will herald the beginning of the end of the suffering of black people and their descendants. The Biblical prophecy merely identifies markers or events that transpire and the results. It’s a collective punishment that the Bible describes as a curse (Deuteronomy 28) evident in the difficult history of Africans, and yet this curse may also simply be the suffering of a people described and interpreted through the eyes of a prophet who is also able to see how and when this suffering ends.


If for a moment you are able to believe, then our living faith today is a testament to the genius of our African ancestors, for it would appear that many thousands of years before it unfolded, through their gifts, they foresaw the tremendous suffering of their people, the unprecedented prejudice  that would be used to unfairly strike them down, the captivity into which they would be lead and described it as a curse. They did not just sit back, but mustered their strength and dug deep, into the depths of their wisdom which is not fully understood even to this day. Their faith gave birth to something beautiful, the Prophets, the Messiah, who died in exemplary righteousness so we could live, the very beliefs and the male and female champions upon which the foundations for the emancipation of the captives was secured. Indeed, we like to talk about salvation, but is that salvation not what many of us experience today? Is it not by this salvation that we are able to enjoy the freedoms from discrimination we have today? We must not underestimate the role of those who came before us, our ancestors. In respect we must return to the Holy Land to acknowledge them and what they did for us by fulfilling their wish that we gather to this place, raise one another up and remain forever united. Though the work is not complete and many remain trapped in poverty, economic strife, slavery and all manner of vices, there is hope that by recognising it and seeing where it is today, we will indeed reach the promise land, Jehovah Shammah and there achieve everything they treasured and hoped for us, as any parent loves and is protective of a child, they were protective of us. There we will come full circle and the square will be complete.

You need not look in the mirror to see who you are, what you are is deep and cannot be hidden by features or your skin colour; you remain an African. The prophets of the Old Testament foresaw the immense suffering of Africans in the world, of their descendants and kin the Jews, of their converts the Christians and Moslems, who have endured unprecedented persecution, marginalization, hatred and economic hardship and predicted that it is only when these people accept who they are, accept one another, with pride acknowledge their black ancestry and come together to uplift one another there will be a change in their fortunes. The oil wealth of the Middle East and the economic wealth of Israel looks west rather than to its own people in Africa. You build sky scrapers and highways in far off lands, but not in the land of your Father, He in whom we place all our hope and everything that we are. Don't be ashamed of your ancestry or the reason for which you were discriminated against, abused and brutalized; instead take pride in it and put your money where your pride is. Instead of spending your wealth and fortunes and casting them relentlessly into the wind bring it home to your people in Africa who suffered with you and for being like you. Of what use is all the wealth and knowledge you have, that you earn and gain when you are unable to recognise your kin and invest in them; you would much rather invest all your time, wealth and interest in the house of the one who discriminated against you, enslaved you, held you in camps, worked you to the bone and starved you to death. It is time for you to come home, to remember in whose house you were nurtured, which Spirit raised you up, who parted the waters for you, lifted for you a healing standard and remember who you are. By travelling home to Southern Africa, to the Holy Land of the Abantu as an individual the curse will be partially lifted and you become blessed. However, for it to be fully lifted you have to help and encourage others to know this truth and make the journey or pilgrimage in fellowship because it is in the collective coming together or gathering from the continent and all over the world of all Africans that the curse in its entirety is lifted and the prosperity promised by God in Deuteronomy 30 fully received. This region is a very important place not only for Africans and all their descendants everywhere in the world, but for all of Christianity. It is not surprising that this curse in the Bible or foretelling of the suffering of Africans, in this context, was created. For the Bantu or Abantu this was not just religion, but a way of life. Generally Africans believe strongly in visiting their village or homeland at least once a year to pay their respects to their parents or the root of their family, bringing gifts, sojourning with them, tending to their welfare and renewing or rejuvenating their ties. Clearly, the tremendous curse placed on Africans revealed in the Bible is simply a means of continuing this tradition, bringing them together to one place – the Holy Land in Southern Africa, to remember where they came from, to pay their respects to their ancestor/s, to pay homage to God and to urge them to continue to work together to uplift their collective family. It may sound like an immense curse, but if Africans fulfill this duty, Deuteronomy 30 explains that it is in fact a tremendous and unprecedented blessing that will come to all Africans on the continent and abroad.

To fulfill this duty Africans have to gather, that is travel to the Holy Land, Israel, in Southern Africa. Some people will argue that when Jesus died for us he cleansed us and absolved us from all sin. This is absolutely true. However, this duty has little to do with sin or whether you go to heaven or not and does not affect any of these statutes. It is a Biblical requirement that you return to the Holy Land to pay your respects. It is a holy tradition. According to Deuteronomy 30 all Africans and all converts to the Judaic faiths including Christianity have to travel to Israel, in Southern Africa, to fulfill their duty to God. Have you paid your respects? Deuteronomy 30 requires all Africans, people of African descent and converts to the Judaic faiths including Christians to travel and return to the Holy Land, Israel in Southern Africa (Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi). To possess it, that is, embrace and recognise this region as Israel, the originating place of their people that is their spiritual  ancestral homeland. Possess here does not mean materialistic things like conquer, own control; it means recognise, acknowledge, accept, come together, work together, uplift, nurture, develop using this region as a fulcrum, understanding it is your ancestral home and you yourself will prosper because you will no longer be cursed, that is, no longer live bereft of the knowledge of the whereabouts of your spiritual ancestral home in order to travel to it.  This recognition and travel is very important for all Africans be they on the continent or African Americans, Europeans etc in the diaspora as it is said to be the gathering that lifts the Biblical curse and all the obstacles that stand in the way to the prosperity of all Africans and Christians around the world. It is therefore mandatory. It is a duty. It’s only a curse if it’s a duty you must perform and a place you must travel to, but you do not know the destination. You couldn't do this before because you didn't know this place existed or where it was. Well now you know.

It may be hard to believe, but if you want proof then go to Masvingo with your Bible, go to the Temple mount or hill there (the Hill Ruins), look for the winding footpath around the mount on which the Old Testament describes God walked. Then follow the path and look for the cleft in the rock (cave) in the side of the mount which Moses, Elijah and priests like them hid during spiritual ceremony, when, as it is written, Jehovah walked by them upon the path (Exodus 33:12-23 and 1 Kings 19:9-14). You will find carvings of the emblem of the Holy Spirit representing the House of Masvingo, the dove that is said in scripture to have descended on Christ at baptism is prolific there (Luke 3:22). Look at the dove on Zimbabwean flag. All of these are there so I don’t need to prove it for you, you can prove it for yourself and the choice is yours whether to believe and have the curse finally lifted or to dis-believe and continue suffering; this is the Christian and African  Spiritual Ancestral Dilemma: to believe or not believe this.

Presently there is a lot of negative sentiment directed at Zimbabwe, especially at its Head of State, Robert Mugabe, mostly over land redistribution. Be very, very careful, look at the land issues between Israel and the Palestinian Authority concerning the Gaza strip. These are not coincidences. Learn to find peace and peaceful co-existence. In a holy place unmitigated wrangles over land seem to persist often defying reason. This is because there is a spiritual element behind what is visible. Know your unseen history. Zimbabwe is part of the Holy Land that includes Zambia and Malawi which together form Israel, with Jerusalem at Masvingo. I am certain this was known esoterically even before these territories where colonised. Though Masvingo and the land where the ruins are found are the first Jerusalem, it is more ancient than the latter day Jerusalem of the Middle East. When its significance is understood by the faithful and they decide to restore and renew their hope through this place, in so doing it will live once again, regaining its importance as new Jerusalem; Jehovah Shammah. It is only fitting that new Jerusalem emerges from the ruins that were erected on the first Jerusalem. However, it will take faith and will to understand, appreciate and rediscover its importance. Only when this significance is understood, will the urge to rebuild it, stone by stone, be gained. None of what I have said contravenes fundamentals of Christianity, and no ill intent is directed at any religion or ethnic group but I feel everyone and especially Africans who are affected by the Biblical curse have a right to know and be empowered by how to lift it. Discover the truth for yourself. You don’t have to believe what is explained here; no one expects you to. Instead take your Bible, come to Israel in Southern Africa and go to Masvingo. Observe and study what you find to draw your own conclusion.