Dear Aunty Brenda 😢

As I scrolled through social media last night in stunned silence, the memories came flooding through my tears. The paths that you took were never easy or the obvious choice. As such, you became a constant trailblazer and inspiration to so many as you rose to the highest of levels. Your final post as Zambian High Commissioner to Kenya a sign of your intelligence and sheer determination. A Sunday school teacher, mother, wife, author and singer among many other things, you remained down to earth and approachable with an ever beaming smile. It was always inspiring seeing you on tv representing Zambia police as spokeswoman. Even though I was young, it made me realise that I too could achieve great things. It is such a huge loss to the country and more so to your loved ones. May God provide comfort in this time of mourning.

I’ll finish with the closing statement from your lecture at Strathmore University, Nairobi:

“In life, you don’t need to follow the road that everybody else has taken. Take the road that has not been trodden; full of grass, no path, and be a trailblazer.” (H.E. Brenda Muntemba)

💔

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Tragedy to Triumph: 7 Years On – Zambia’s Story

There I was; About to start the most professionally run FIFA tournament I had ever been to.

Venue: Some dudes room at uni with two massive screens, a trophy & buckets upon buckets of KFC chicken. Ultimate lads night in! Between games, I was constantly refreshing my phone for live updates on Zambia’s opening match against Senegal at Afcon 2012.

Truth be told, I was confidently pessimistic that my beloved Zambia would retain their title of “Serial Underachievers!” In European football, I’d compare us to The Netherlands; Well respected, unexpected, but won’t win squat!

‘How soon till we’re out?’ I thought.

Add to this a hint of mild frustration at the draw we had and our potential routes to the final which would see us face all the big guns, if we so dared. All the negativity aside, I was quietly excited.

GROUP STAGE

Game 1:

Zambia vs Senegal

To set the scene; Senegal were pre-tournament favourites along with Ghana and the Ivory Coast. In the absence of Egypt (who had won the three previous tournaments) and the Super Eagles of Nigeria, they saw this as their trophy.

At the time, Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse (both prolific goalscorers at Newcastle United) alongside Moussa Sow were among the most feared partnerships on the continent. On paper, this game was over before it had ever began. However, Zambia took a quick & impressive 2-0 lead which lasted well into the second half when they conceded 1. In the end, they hung on for a rather unexpected but well deserved three points.

Full Time: Zambia 2-1 Senegal


Game 2:

Zambia vs Libya

Onto the next one and along came Libya. I was amazed to see the game still went ahead in such treacherous conditions. Historically, Zambia have struggled against North African opposition. As a child, the name Hossam Hassan or Mohamed Aboutrika (both of Egypt) sent shivers down my spine.

In the end, Zambia fought hard in the conditions and came from behind twice to earn a brilliant point.

Full Time: Zambia 2-2 Libya


Game 3:

Zambia vs Equatorial Guinea

With charismatic French coach Herve Renard at the helm, Zambia headed into their final group match against joint hosts Eq. Guinea. This was a chance to win the group.

18 years earlier, a tragedy of unimaginable proportions took place off the shores of the co-hosts, Gabon. A plane carrying the Zambia national football team crashed into the sea killing everyone on board. The recent tragedies of Cardiff City’s new signing Emeliano Sala and the helicopter crash that killed Leicester City’s owner and others brought back reflections of that tragic day.

I was only 1 when it happened, but grew up in the aftermath of the event with the massive re-building job in the 90’s. The effects on the country were strong and the passion and emotion connected to football was understandably prominent.

Going into this game, my fear was that the emotion of the event and the dreaded home advantage would kill our momentum. Besides, I had grown up with years of Zambia almost doing something big, but eventually settling for disappointment (hence the earlier pessimism).

The game itself was tough against the tournament debutants, but in the end a lone goal from captain Christopher Katongo settled the matter. This result meant we finished top of Group A and avoided the other tournament favourites, Ivory Coast.

Full Time: Zambia 1-0 Equatorial Guinea


QUARTER FINALS

Zambia vs Sudan

It was straight knockout from here on. You lose, you leave!

We were pitted against the Sudanese ‘Falcons of Jediane.’ With Zambia’s ‘Copper Bullets’ firepower proving too much in the end, it was the end of another team with an animal nickname – cue all the memes about poaching. In truth, it was a fairly comfortable / convincing 3-0 win. In my lifetime, I had never seen Zambia in the semi-finals of such a huge tournament and I was too young to remember our run to the final in 1994 which ended in defeat to Nigeria. But now, the toughest test lay ahead.

Full Time: Zambia 3-0 Sudan


SEMI FINALS

Zambia vs Ghana

Wow! This was it. The end of the road.. surely!

4 years earlier, I watched helplessly from the stands as Ghana systematically destroyed Zambia 4-1 in a friendly at Leyton Orient’s ground, London.

On that occasion, they had Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari & Stephen Appiah to name a few legends of the African game. This time round, they still had Muntari, along with rising stars Asamoah Gyan, Andre and Jordan Ayew. I considered them the Germany of African football – Efficient, consistent and always making it to the semi finals. Just 2 years earlier, they were on the brink of making history by becoming African’s first ever World Cup Semi-Finalists – but were denied by the hand of Luis Suarez and the foot of Asamoah Gyan. Their form had hardly dipped in the intermediate time, so this was going to be an uphill battle.

But low and behold, little Zambia [who stood NO chance – if you listened to the self-acclaimed ‘football experts’] did the impossible. Emmanuel Mayuka with the faint, followed by the perfect curling shot inside the post sent every Zambian momentarily off the planet in celebration. Wowzer!

What.A.Moment!

I remember being in the minority of people celebrating that goal in the students union on campus – along with my legendary Welsh housemate and a few Nigerian fans (you know how they get on with Ghana! lol). One more win away from History!

Zambia had previously built a squad capable of beating a near full-strength Italian team 4-0 at the 1988 Olympics. But in 1993, that golden generation had been stripped away in the most abrupt and tragic of circumstances. This win was about more than just football. A nation had been brought to her knees in mourning, but now it was time to rise up and honour those who died.

Full Time: Zambia 1-0 Ghana


THE FINAL

Zambia vs Ivory Coast

Now for the big one. The cherry on the cake.

The undeniable favourites, highest ranked team at the time, highest profile players from the best leagues in the world – meet the Ivory Coast (aka The Elephants). Even if our ‘Copper Bullets’ (aka. Chipolopolo) would strike against this lot, it would take a lot to bring these giants down.

If the semi final was a test against the most efficient and consistent team, this was a test against the absolute best in their prime.

With Didier Drogba (Chelsea) the charismatic talisman, Yaya & Kolo Toure (Manchester City), Gervinho (Arsenal) & Salomon Kalou (Chelsea) among many star names, this wasn’t just an uphill battle, but an impossible task.

I could literally go on naming players that were important members of league winning sides in top European teams. If this game was played on paper, no way did we stand a chance. Even my faint optimism at this point didn’t give me any hope.

The game itself surprised me as Zambia started off at flying speed creating many chances throughout. Didier Drogba missed a penalty during the 90 mins and the game went into extra time and then penalties at 0-0.

Penalty Shootout.

The most superb, intense, and gripping shootout I have ever seen – not just because it was my team involved, but everyone scored. With the score at 7-7 in sudden death, Kolo Toure (Ivory Coast/Chelsea) missed giving Zambia the chance to win it. Unfortunately, Rainford Kalaba (Zambia/TP Mazembe) did likewise and we were back to square one. This was never going to end. Then Gervinho (Ivory Coast/Arsenal) sent the ball out of the stadium with his shot (slight exaggeration, but it looked that way) giving Zambia another chance to seal the deal.

Up stepped a confident young man, Stopilla Sunzu – Already a Zambian legend no matter the outcome, singing along to the song the Zambian players had been singing throughout the shootout. A song in that moment that embodied the spirit of the team that had carried them from the bleak ashes of tragedy to the very brink of victory. As the late-great football commentator Dennis Liwewe poignantly put it; “never again will we go to Gabon and return without dignity and honour.”

Sunzu duly dispatched his penalty with ease, sending the keeper the wrong way and a nation into rapture.

Why do I love football so much, I hear you ask? For moments like these. From tragedy to triumph.

By Gome, author @ Reposed Thought

Image Links:

Cover Photo / Zambia vs Ivory Coast: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2100183/AFRICA-CUP-OF-NATIONS-2012-Zambia-0-Ivory-Coast-0-AET-8-7-pens–Zambia-win-tournament.html

Zambia vs Senegal: https://allafrica.com/view/match/main/main/id/0E4Jr9KiCh9Asyuk.html

Zambia vs Libya: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/16734188

Zambia vs Eq Guinea: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/16734188

Zambia vs Sudan: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2012/feb/04/zambia-sudan-africa-cup-of-nations

Zambia vs Ghana: https://allafrica.com/view/match/main/main/id/0EAw8YEuOfjdlZAX.html

Who do you say I am – Poem

How many different ways, could I possibly explain?

And paint the same picture, with words that are plain?

You’ve marvelled at the signs, and you’ve come back to see miracles,

But still don’t understand the simple message at the pinnacle.

First things first, I AM the bread of life,

Feast up on my words, and be forever satisfied,

The thing you’ve been chasing, is just a façade,

It won’t satisfy your thirst, like a mirage.

Do not be afraid, I’m the light of the world,

The darkness will flee, as my light is unfurled,

Showing you the pathway, even through the valley of death,

I’m still there, your every prayer I have heard.

I AM the good shepherd, through good times or strife,

For the sake of my sheep, I would lay down my life,

All because of love, I was battered and bruised,

Inspired by my love, for both Gentiles and Jews.

So come into my presence, for I’m the only door,

And leave behind your baggage, and wonder no more,

Salvation is promised, to all who will enter,

Life to the fullest, with me at the centre.

I AM the only way, the truth and the life,

All other pathways, will lead you to strife,

The world offers hope, that is built in the sand,

But mine to the end, is the rock that will stand,

I AM the resurrection, and I AM the life,

I speak into darkness; and give it  new life,

I raised up Lazarus, and set him free,

To show God’s power, ingrained in me,

I AM the true vine; the gardener’s the Father,

He prunes and perfects, for his glory, and honour,

I AM that I AM, before time began,

Of all you have heard, who do you say I am?


©2018, by Gome – original poem

Originally shared on Heirs Magazine

Reposed Thought is Closing Forever!

Dear Reader,

Thank You!

I’d like to firstly take this opportunity to sincerely thank you [ALL] for your consistent support, encouragement, likes, follows & comments of Reposed Thought (RT). It’s always been a huge encouragement and boost of confidence to hear from you. It has also been an incredible 3 year journey that I’ve learnt so very much from.

Shutting Down

With this in mind, therefore, this special announcement may / may not come as much of a surprise to you.

It is with zero regret but deepest sadness that I have to confirm I will be shutting down my blog Reposed Thought from operation in exactly 6 weeks time.

The 6 week period is part of a phasing out process that begins today and ends on Sunday 13th May 2018.

WHY ITS CLOSING?

The reasons behind my decision will be explained in due course, but be sure to check out the video link below which gives a brief overview:

WHY REPOSED THOUGHT IS CLOSING

Many Thanks,

Gome

2 Timothy 1 – Short Poem

As I gaze at the weight, of the task at hand,

And wonder how I could be part of the plan,

I’m timid and weak, my words often fail,

Lord, why would you not, just choose someone else?

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Someone with boldness, someone with faith,

Someone whose words, simply hold more weight,

Someone like Paul, who even in chains,

Still found a way, of proclaim your name,

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But Father forgive me! Forgetful man,

It’s not for my actions, or things I’ve done,

It’s only by grace, and only your love,

Your purpose revealed, through Jesus the man,

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Lord help us to stand, in this world full of sin,

As pressures to change, slowly weigh us in,

Clinging onto Christ, and his blood-drenched cross,

Your intimate love, at ultimate cost

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©2018, by Gome


Image Credit: Tom & Jerry Online

20 Favourite Poetic One-Liners (Rhyming)

1. BIG CITY DREAMS

“Blinded by the lights, I’m drawn in by the crowds,

An eclectic group of people, rubbing shoulders without smiles”

2. MINDLESS VIOLENCE

“Started out as kids, stealing Pepsi cans and sweets,

But nowadays being stopped and asked questions by police”

3. PLATEAUED AMBITION

“Life flashed by, I was soon reminiscing,

As slowly I drowned, in a plateaued Ambition”

4. CHASING AFTER THE WIND

“Yesterday she was the one, yet today we call her old news,

And move onto the next one, Our values greatly skewed”

5. WORDS I NEVER SAID

“Our last conversation I now contemplate,

Abruptness of what followed made my heart disintegrate”

6. LOST ONES

“But soon there would be trouble, and unforeseen change,

Which led to separation, and hearts so full of rage”

7. A WRITERS STRUGGLE

“Freedom of expression, hell-bent at its mastery,

But when it didn’t flow, anxiety seeped craftily”

8. TALES OF DEVASTATION

“At this stark situation, tales of devastation,

Families ripped apart, and destroyed past restoration”

9. LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR

“His words cut through, like a dagger to the heart,

Exposing their hypocrisy; blind religiosity”

10. DEAR LONDON

“Demonically possessed, with intent to spread fear,

Instead were met with bravery, and love beyond compare,”


11. MUNDANE

“Mundane! Everyday is the same,

Wake up, go to work. Slowly going insane”

12. TALES OF INSECURITY

“What did they even mean by that? And why said in that tone?

I dialogue internally to calculate my wrongs”

13. BUDGET AIRLINE TALES

“A queue jumper the highlight, as she mussels her way past me,

An angry woman shouts “Oi! You must be a nutter!”

14. THE ART OF BLAGGING

“But little do they know you haven’t even got the foggiest,

But pride gets in the way, and you start speaking with such confidence”

15. EASTER

“A choice between a criminal and him, they chose the latter,

And proceeded with mob justice, his back they whipped and battered”

16. ANTI-SOCIAL MEDIA

“But no one else was there, so she posts pics on the internet,

900 friends, but no one there to share the moment with”

17. TALES OF AN INTROVERT

“Wish I said all of the things that were locked up in my mind,

But now times gone, it feels like I’m wasting mine”

18. POOR MAN’S TALE

“It’s cold, you’re ignored, and exposed to the elements,

Abandoned in negligence, considered irrelevant”

19. CHIPOLOPOLO 2015: CAN HISTORY REPEAT ITSELF?

“The weight of this moment precedes grown men’s cries,

As we remember our dearly loved brothers who died.”

20. THE ANGRY SHARPNESS MONSTER

“Not much sleep was had as he set off at break of dawn,

The thought of being at sea always had his attention drawn.”


All the above poems are originals written & composed by the author of Reposed Thought:

© Gome

Thanks for stopping by

Screen Watching on the Train

Every single person within eye-shot on my rush-hour train was on their mobile phone, laptop or tablet. This made me feel as though I too should be looking at something just to blend in… and so I did.

However, I quickly ran out of stuff to do as it mostly involved scrolling aimlessly through social media sites – liking, swiping, following and unfriending (😜😂 Sorry if that was you).

It felt like copious amounts of useless dribble. So I decided to indulge my curiosities in a cheeky spot of ‘screen-watching’ to see what all the fuss was about.

It soon hit me that most people were doing the exact same thing that I was – aimlessly scrolling through their phones to pass time when they really didn’t need to use them.


  • A more serious problem..

Nomophobia” is said to be the fear of being without a mobile phone.


Mobile phones, like basically every man-made invention, have several side effects when abused including withdrawal symptoms, text neck and using them to deal with unwanted emotions (check this link for more smartphone addictions).

Essentially, our mobiles – which were created to make communication easier – have made us more reclusive, self-centred and agitated.

If you’re anything like me, you probably pat yourself down in agitation at the slightest opportunity to make sure your phone is on you.

  • So what now..?

I’m no medical expert (so please I beg do not quote me) but even I can draw links between socio-communicative breakdown and mobile phone addiction.

From a small scale domestic setting, where babies can’t settle unless they have a phone to play with, to a wider community that doesn’t interact, something needs to change.


One helpful recommendation, as suggested by Psych Guides is to download an app to limit your phone usage. This and consciously choosing to disconnect are among several other recommendations. Check the link for more info.


Ironically, I wrote all this on my phone whilst on the train. Ah well..

Love Your Neighbour – Short Poem

“To love the Lord Your God!” That was Jesus’ reply,

When answering the question they had asked him on the sly,

Onwards and onwards, they plotted and planned,

Trying to find a way, to trip him up in advance,

These men were “Pharisees”, a select group at the top,

When it came to being religious, the cream of the crop,

In every conversation, they had to know best,

So when Jesus came along, they were shaken and stressed,

His words cut through, like a dagger to the heart,

Exposing their hypocrisy, and blind religiosity,

All ‘good’ works, lost in selfish ambition,

Before a Holy God, they forgot their position,

As Jesus continued, I was part of the story,

A modern Pharisee, seeking only man’s glory,

He said, “love your Neighbour, the way you love yourself,”

But my default positions, to think of MYSELF,

My family, appearance, career, and my health,

Stacking up possessions, increasing in wealth,

Earthly cataracts, seeing only near distance,

Blinded by the lights, of my inward condition,

But then look at Jesus, so humble and pure,

A king in a manger, rich but yet poor,

With him as an example, of ultimate love,

Of putting God first, then our neighbours, then us,

A carpenter by trade, unassuming in appearance,

Who came to save the world, from its wretched condition,

What more does he deserve, than our absolute all?

Whole and complete, mind, body and soul.

Written to complement this mornings sermon from Matthew 22:34-40

© 2017, by Gome

Dear writers: where do you begin?

I would love to hear from you if you are a writer or blogger or just someone that needs to constantly create. You could be into art, music, photography – you name it.

My question to you is “where do you begin?” People sometimes ask how I come up with new content for my blog. To tell you the truth, there is no set formula or pre-planned pattern that I follow.

Most of it is quite spontaneous thought or inspired by real life events that trigger something inside. Other things may include books I’ve been reading, song lyrics or conversations with others.

I would love to know how other people go about their creative processes. I’ve written a few questions below [which you can pick and choose according to relevance] to help tease out some ideas.

Any and all feedback would be much appreciated.

Many thanks,

Gome

– What do you blog/write/create?

– How did you get into it?

– When starting something new, where do you begin?

– Is your creativity quite spontaneous or well planned over time?

– What inspires/influences you?

– Do you ever suffer a creativity-block?

– If so, how do you overcome it?

– What blogs/books/influencers do you follow that you would recommend?