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Despite Zambia’s fertile soil, favourable climate and the fact that the country possesses 40% of water resources in the Southern African region, it has not come close to realizing its full potential in the agricultural sector. Agricultural farming in Zambia surprisingly only accounts for 20% of the country’s GDP but employs as much as 85% of it’s population. In South Africa, Primary agriculture makes up for approximately 2.5% of the GDP and contributes a mere 8% (in comparison with the 85% in Zambia) toward formal employment.
In an interesting twist over the last couple of years, Soya production has overtaken that of maize in Zambia due to the fact that they receive more per ton of soya than that of maize and spend the same amount of money on growing both.
Will we see the same kind of change in South Africa or will we remain faithful to farming our staple diet? When I lived in the more rural area of Eastern Province in Zambia there was a nearby hospital that regularly had volunteers from abroad.
One day a Zambian colleague came and asked why so many white women he saw would cover the top parts of their body but would show their legs and thighs in short skirts.
In order to preserve their modesty then, Zambian women, in rural areas especially, wear something called a chitenge. Go to a village in Zambia and it would be very unusual to find a woman not wearing a chitenge. I always carry one with me when travelling just in case we stop somewhere remote, and when we do, it is always appreciated that I made the effort to wear one. Many travellers (including myself) become a little obsessed by chitenges and at around $4 each, they are an economical and lightweight souvenir.
In Ghana I loved seeing the patterns with the icons of modern life and prosperity printed on them, like you mentioned, cell phones, TVs, computers, car keys, neck ties! Just recently returned from a trip through Malawi and Zambia where we purchased many lovely chitenge pieces.Have plans to use them in a quilt.
The indigenous Zambian languages spoken are: Bemba, Nyanja, Tonga, Lozi, Lunda, Kaonde and Luvale. There are also other small language groups such as Ila, Mambwe, Namwanga, Tumbuka, Aushi, Lenje, Lala and Lamba, and so many others!Just imagine, over 70 different languages have been identified in Zambia! Bemba or Ichi Bemba as popularly known is mostly used by non-native speakers as a lingua franca in urban areas. Zambian Names And Their MeaningsZambian names are a reflection of significant social events in somebody's life. Today I take a break from politics and pay tribute to Zambia’s football radio commentary legend, Dennis Liwewe.
It would be folly of me to let this one pass unrecognised, Zambia being a footballing nation, because the late Dennis Liwewe was Zambia’s icon in the football circles. The late Liwewe at the peak of his commentary career was a household name in urban, peri-urban and rural Zambia. Dennis Liwewe had two careers that run concurrently that of a journalist then later as a public relations person and that of  a football commentator on Zambia’s radio airwaves.
Born on 22 May 1936, a trained teacher Liwewe started his journalism career working as a junior reporter for the mining newspaper known as the Nchanga Drum in the mining town of Chingola in 1971 when he joined the mining conglomerate Nchanga Consolidated Copper Mines (NCCM) that was run by the Anglo-American Corporation. He quickly rose through the ranks and later became assistant editor of the paper before becoming editor. Liwewe was later moved to Public Relations department as a PR officer and was later transferred to Lusaka as director of media and public relations of the Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines (ZCCM). Dennis Liwewe became the first casualty of retrenchment in 1986 when the mines were undergoing a restructuring process due to the non profitability of the mines incurred at the time. As a result of his ‘never say die until you are dead’ attitude after being retrenched he became a pillar in motivating people who were victims of retrenchment.

That is the Liwewe the career professional man who had a very decent job but to people he was known for his passion for football. Dennis Liwewe the football commentator reminds me of the following lines that still echo in my ears. Liwewe was renowned for coining nicknames such as the “KK11” for the Zambia national team, “Ucar” for the Godfrey Chitalu in reference to strong ucar batteries, “Computer” for the late Alex Chola of his mastery of playing football, “Charlie Cool” for Charles Musonda, “The Magician” for the late Timothy Mwitwa and many more football household nicknames were coined by the late Liwewe. Describing Liwewe, Banda narrated how passionate his late friend was with football saying everything about him, from his private life to social discussions, revolved around football. Explaining to Banda how Liwewe’s widow had accepted his love proposal after an eighteen month tireless proposal.
The former President continued narrating Liwewe’s description of wife Sylvia, “She was so beautiful; she had natural brown complexion – she looked as red as a red card,” Liwewe said of his wife. President Banda recollected that one day Liwewe narrated to him how he and his friends hosted a party which was supposed to be his first date with Sylvia. Rupiah Banda who is also an ardent soccer fan and once served as Vice president for the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) recollected of Liwewe’s tales.
Liwewe will be remembered for his radio commentaries that were so lively that people including former President Kenneth Kaunda had to carry radios to the stadia whenever Liwewe was running the commentaries.
I remember when I was kid my father would mute the TV volume and switch on the radio to listen to Liwewe’s commentaries.
Whenever Liwewe was running commentary his entrance into stadia was cheered by soccer fans as though he was the one playing football, such was his impact on the Zambian football fraternity. His mastery of foreign footballers’ names was another aspect that got soccer fans baffled and earned him the respect. Liwewe’s contribution to football in Zambia did not go unnoticed by the government and in 1977 he was awarded the Order of Distinguished Service by Zambia’s first Republican President Kenneth Kaunda. Liwewe’s best football moments included Zambia lifting the Afcon Cup in 2012 and in 1998 South Korea Olympics when Zambia beat Italy 4 – 0. His saddest football moment was the loss of the entire Zambia national team off the coast of Gabon in April 1993, a flight he was scheduled to be on. Liwewe’s expertise of radio commentary was also recognised by the BBC such that they appointed him as their correspondent after he run the radio commentary for the BBC in Zambia’s game against Zaire (now Democratic Republic Congo – DRC).
In an interview with BBC’s Farayi Mungazi in 2009 when asked on how he wanted to be remembered once he was gone, Liwewe answered, that he wants people to remember him as the person who was given the opportunities and used them to the full. Liwewe who was a devote Anglican died on Tuesday April 22, 2014 yesterday of liver complications at Lusaka’s Levy Mwanawasa Hospital. Those of us who were young boys in the 70s and 80s has a lot to remember about this fallen legend, Dennis Liwewe.
I come in many different colours, with a multitude of designs printed on me, often with significant meanings.
I can be used in many ways, from a wrap-around dress or skirt to a table clothe, from a headscarf to a baby sling to carry young children, and also as wall hangings.
I’m also very practical, in that I help keep the clothes under me clean from the dust and charcoal fires, and can act as padding when carrying water on your head. I found out the answer, being a Chitenge, yesterday, as Jane and I walked the dirty streets of the market in Lusaka. We’ve bought some as gifts for the Chiefs to follow protocol, and will be also giving them bags of maize and rice and bottles of oil.
Of all the land available for agricultural production, less than a third of the land is being used for cultivation. However there are strong ties into the economy which adds an extra 12% to the GDP through the agro-industrial sector.

The The Zambia National Farmers Union report stated for the 2012 season that “Commercial farmers have reduced the area of maize cultivation drastically and this indicates that output of the crop could reduce by as much as 80 per cent. We would often see them walking down the road, enjoying the sunshine in their shorts or mini-skirts.
This was not an unreasonable query for someone who comes from a culture where breastfeeding openly is not an issue but where if you are female you must keep everything covered from your midriff down to below your thighs. A chitenge is a piece of cloth, 2 yards or meters in length that women wrap around their body. It is a practical item too, it covers your clothes which can become dirty quite quickly in the dust and charcoal stoves of rural life, it can be used to cover your hair so you don’t smell of smoke from cooking and it can be coiled onto the crown of the head as padding when you fetch water and they are essential for carrying your baby.
The patterns and colours are immensely varied and I have seen chitenges with pictures of politicians on them, stylised light bulbs, even mobile phones. Unfortunately any chitenge you buy in Zambia these days will have been imported, as the factories that once produced them have closed and in the more cosmopolitan city of Lusaka they are not used so much.
She was an English teacher for many years, which is when she got the travelling bug; she has also been a VSO volunteer. Its just a pity that it seems the young and modern Zambians are throwing away this and it breaks my heart. One wouldnA’t be faulted to think that because of this diversity of languages the country would be plunged into conflicts. With this selection, no particular tribe feels superior to others.The coming together of different people from different tribal backgrounds to urban centers and the mines on the copperbelt has contributed to the developing of a gregarious and friendly atmosphere. The same language is also known as Ici Chewa in Eastern province.It is worth noting here that all languages are spoken in almost all provinces, but they are specifically prominent in certain areasA…. In the days retrenchment was a new phenomenon such that people who victims of it died of depression but a resolute Liwewe remained steadfast and pulled through. Having her at the party was like having a through ball but I failed to capitalise,” he said as everyone in his living room burst into laughter.
The loss of the entire national team took a toll on his health as his blood pressure rose such that medics advised him to scale down on radio commentary and football.
This is because women preserve their modesty by using me to cover the more sensual parts of their bodies, from their waist down, and even over trousers.
Having not packed any skirts myself, I picked up a few as it is required that women wear them when meeting a chief. In Zambia this area of the body is seen as the erotic area and shouldn’t be shown, not even in trousers. The width of the cloth is long enough to cover you more or less from your waist to your ankles (depending on your height!).
She is now a freelance writer and education consultant as well as volunteer at a local art gallery. In an interview with BBC correspondent, Kennedy Gondwe, former Zambian President Rupiah Banda was shocked to learn of the death of his personal friend.
His football commentary was so compelling that one need not have to go to the stadium to get caught in the thrill and excitement of the game. The street vendors, and even some women passing by, stopped to help me choose though, and have a bit of a dance to the music blasting from the local CD shop, a few stores down the street.
Strangely enough the country has been a haven of peace since independence in 1964!Contributing to the peace which Zambia has enjoyed is the A“One Zambia One NationA” slogan coined by the first Zambian president, Dr.

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