Best of 2017: Blog Info-graphics

Abstract: As we are fast approaching the end of another year, its time for another annual blog review. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank each one of you for being a part of my journey with Reposed Thought. Your engagement and encouragement have been invaluable, and spur me on as a writer, designer and poet. Many thanks.

With so much to learn from, to be thankful for and to be challenged by, here are the stats from 2017 – the stuff you really cared about. Enjoy.

God bless.

Top 10 Posts:

Top 10 Blog Posts

  1. RT Evening Standard nomination: Best new-comer April Fools!! Lesson One – don’t believe everything you read on 1st April. On the flip side, I had lots of fun listening to friends congratulate me before reading further.. 😀
  2. 20 Favourite Poetic One-Liners (Rhyming) A compilation of my favourite lines from poems that I’ve composed. Enjoy!
  3. Love Your Neighbour- Short Poem Written  to go with a sermon from the bible passage Matthew 22:34-40.
  4. Zambia: Day Eleven – Final Goodbye Day eleven of 12: Part of a daily photography journal I kept whilst visiting my home country, Zambia.
  5. Zambia: Day One – Welcome HomeDay one of 12: Excitement, anticipation, reality. All the initial reactions & emotions of visiting home after 5 years.
  6. Screen Watching on the Train Reflections on this generations growing and worrying mobile phone addiction
  7. Zambia: Day Two – Copperbelt Day two of 12: Returning to my home city after 5 years; such a good feeling!
  8. Zambia: Day Five – Last of Kitwe Day five of 12: After a few days on the Copperbelt Province, it was time to head back.   
  9. London Bishopsgate – Walking Tour Photographic tour with a friend in one of the capital’s high-rise districts, Bishopsgate.
  10. 7 Days in B&W 7 days, 7 photo’s in black and white; No people. No explanations.

Top 10 Countries:

Top 10 Countries

Visitors to the blog came from a grand total of 53 different countries in 2017.

Countries as wide ranging as Venezuela, Namibia, Solomon Islands and Bulgaria. Thank you!

Most Popular Month:

Most Popular Month

April was by far the busiest month this year. This is mainly because of the ‘April Fools’ post and the daily photo journal of my trip to Zambia, my home country.

Stay tuned for more content in 2018.

Happy New Year!

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.”


Zambia: Day Five – Last of Kitwe

Background: Recent extracts from my travel journal taken at the end of each day whilst on holiday in Zambia, my home country. Enjoy!

Day Five:

Today was spent visiting PIZ College on the outskirts of Kitwe.

The morning was a lot colder and had more of a UK vibe about it with a cool breeze and lingering clouds.

We managed to pass through my primary school again as it opened (twice in one week). It’s like I was going back to school. #goodtimes

Old home..

Whenever I’ve been back to Zambia, I’ve had the privilege of passing through my childhood home.

In my second year studying architecture, we had to draw a house plan from memory of our childhood. So many memories flooded back as I walked through the house in my mind, remembering all the cool little hide and seek spots.

Gated communities and wall-fenced houses are the most common housing type in Zambia, mainly for security reasons and the vast availability of land. The more plush and expensive types can be seen as symbolic of ones status – i.e. having ‘made it’ in life.

PIZ College..

PIZ is a college that seeks to train and develop church leaders in bible handling with the purpose of growing them in their different leadership roles. We got to spent the day there and met some of the lovely and enthusiastic students.


Out and about on road in Kitwe.

Old church..

Our former church in Kitwe looked absolutely stunning. There had been some renovation done internally and externally since my last trip and it looked in good shape. Unfortunately it was mid week and no one was there, but great non-the-less to touch base and be in the place where my Christian journey began.


Fresh fish being prepared for dinner.. Mmm lush!

And yet another perfect sunset to end another beautiful day. So grateful to be back at home to enjoy such weather.

More from the trip to follow.. #loading…

Zambia: Day Two – Copperbelt

Background: Recent extracts from my travel journal taken at the end of each day whilst on holiday in Zambia, my home country. Enjoy!

Day Two:

Another day, another trip. This time to my hometown of Kitwe from the capital city, Lusaka. Part 1 of the journey involved flying to Ndola from Lusaka (my first ever domestic flight within Zambia). This reduced a 4 hour + journey right down to 30-45 mins. Amazing!

Ndola, Zambia’s third largest city

Ndola still had the same vibe about it even after all this time. Lots of new developments spawning around, except at a far slower pace than Lusaka. Then again, Lusaka is in its own bracket.

The Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, named after the country’s late 3rd president, stands proudly alongside the Ndola to Kitwe carriageway. We arrived in Zambia the day after the Under 20’s national team had won the U20’s Africa Cup of Nations (or Afcon 2017). Days earlier, this impressive stadium hosted the semi final match between Senegal and Guinea.

The last time I visited Zambia in 2012, Zambia won the senior Africa Cup of Nations. If I was superstitious, I’d draw parallels betweeen my trips home and us winning tournaments and make my next trip during the Russia 2018 World Cup… 😁 who knows what could happen.

Anyway, I digress. This was Zambia’s maiden attempt at hosting a continental tournament and we won. Speaking on behalf of all Zambians ever born, this filled us with such immense joy and pride. #onetake

Ndola to Kitwe

Although tired and exhausted, it was such a joy to see familiar faces waiting to meet and greet us on arrival. So much catching up happened that picture taking became secondary, hence all the pictures on the road.

Today was the first day back to work for most people after a long weekend off.

Kitwe, at last…

And what a great feeling it was to enter my hometown after 5 years. That elevated view as you cross the Kafue River and the police wave you on; that petrol station by the Ndeke village roundabout; the unintentional shared space aspect of the road as pedestrians and cars converge; The nostalgia, the goosebumps, the memories all flooded back in as every single turn had its own unique memory. At last, I knew I was home.

Home sweet home

Nice to see a new road connecting Ndeke Village to Nkana East residential area. If you know Kitwe well, you know that it makes sense to have.

Finally, a chance to rest and reflect on the day gone by while eagerly anticipating the days ahead. The rest of the evening was relaxed, spent enjoying family and friends alike.

Join me tomorrow to find out what adventure lay ahead on day three..

God bless

“I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” (Psalm 9:1)