Drawing Challenge #9

The aim is to do as many detailed drawings as possible, as often as possible, to fill up my sketchbook by the end of the year.


54 years ago today, Zambia gained independence from Britain – A costly victory as many lost their lives in the pursuit of freedom for fellow countrymen and women.

For today’s drawing challenge, I’ve chosen a symbolic sketch from the capital city, Lusaka. It is of the “Independence Banner” as you enter the city from the airport road.

The colours of the flag signify the following:

  • Green – The beautiful green landscape across the country
  • Orange – Mineral wealth (mainly copper)
  • Black – Majority of the population
  • Red – The blood shed in the fight for independence
  • The Eagle – We can sore above our differences (incl tribalism) and be, as first president Kenneth Kaunda called it – “One Zambia, One Nation!”

Time-lapse sketch

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.”

PSALM 23

Zambia: Day Eleven – Final Goodbye

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

Day Eleven:

Our final day! And how quickly it had come round. Today, much like the first, was riddled with tales of mild frustration mostly due to poor customer services. However, we were determined to not let these get in the way of an enjoyable last day.

The trip now seemed way too short and we weren’t able to see everyone we’d hoped to. One or two reunions almost happened, but sadly fell though at the last. Still, it was nice to touch base with the place I call “home-home.”

Pics whilst out and about…


A government building or embassy, I guess..

Quite possibly my favourite version of VW Golf.. maybe it’s the ‘wow factor’ whenever I saw one as a kid?

Cool looking office block..

Close to Embassy Park where the country’s late presidents are all burried..

Independence Avenue.. Quite a fitting name as Zambia has enjoyed (to this point) 52 years of independence and relative peace. Praying it may long continue.

Outside State House – The Presidents crib..

And finally, our last bit of African sunset before heading back to England. What an incredible trip, seeing family and friends, enjoying some sunshine, and touching base with home.

Following on from this photo journal series on Zambia, I hope to delve more into the world of series writing. I feel it offers greater scope for regular writing, reflecting and opinion pieces.

Has it been at all insightful or interesting? Please let me know in the comments. All feedback appreciated.

Stay tuned for days 12 and 13; the eventful, and rather stressful return journey to England.

God bless x

Zambia: Day Ten – Recuperation

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

Day Ten:

After all the pacing around of the last few days, today was a much needed rest day. The only trip of significance was to a local clinic. Along the way, we past through Ibex Hill, a residential area with some beautiful homes. Here are a few of them.









More to follow soon..

Peace

Zambia: Day Nine – Heaven’s Opened

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

Day Nine:

What a change it was. From boiling hot one day, to a heavy downpour the next.

Today was the first day of our trip that it rained, and my goodness did it. It’s the rainy season at the moment in Zambia and the rains provide some spectacular scenery with thunder storms and lightening.

Dealing with customer services was a tad frustrating today, but we met two brilliant cab drivers along the way who made for interesting conversation.

FNB bank at Arcades Shopping Mall. Not long before the heavy downpour.

All we could do was wait for it to settle down. Not really a day for taking pictures.

As it wasn’t a day to be out and about, there was only one place to hang out. My favourite take away from back in the day. Now it felt a bit too greasy but still lush!

Zambia: Day Eight – Out And About

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

Day Eight:

Today was possibly the busiest day of the whole trip as we dashed around Lusaka, visiting lots of family and friends. Some for two minutes, some for two hours. Each reunion memorable.

Not sure what building this is, but it had a “government complex” sort of feel, or something for “officials.” It looks like a building symbolic of power with its solid, concrete face overlooking us commoners that dared to pass by.

This building is next to Arcades Mall just off Great East Road.


Hotel (I think) behind Arcades.

New office tower under construction. Took it from a different angle yesterday.

And finally, we passed through Manda Hill shopping mall, built several years ago as the first of many in Zambia. It had a major facelift since it’s original design to help keep up with the newer, more plush malls like Levy Junction and East Park Mall.

Zambia: Day Seven – Lord’s Day

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

Day Seven:

We spent our only Sunday in Zambia visiting Kabwata Baptist Church, Lusaka. So good to see and hear so many people singing God’s praises. We joined them during a very challenging series of talks titled  the “lethal poison of hypocrisy.” Here’s a link to the sermon: Hypocrisy and External Righteousness.

Great bumping into old friends after the church service.

Out and about..

The rest of the day was chilled, mostly with friends and family.

Sunday morning traffic in Lusaka (Lsk)

Approaching the Central Business District (CBD) in the distance from Independence Avenue.

Approaching Kafue roundabout from the east.

Old icon: Findeco House standing proud with its iconic silhouette an integral part of the Lusaka skyline.

Cairo Road heading north.

New Society House Tower.

New Society House clad in copper.

Beginning of the Great North Road towards Kabwe, Kapiri Mposhi and the Copperbelt Province.

Great North Road, Lusaka.

Heroes National Stadium..

The home of Zambian football. A week earlier, this stunning venue hosted Zambia’s successful 2-0 win over Senegal in the final of the Afcon under 20’s cup. I can only imagine the crazy scenes out here at the time.

This Stadium has become something of an icon as you enter the city from the north. It’s name draws inspiration from the ashes of our fallen national team of 1993. The national teams plane crashed off the coast of Gabon as Zambia was on it’s way to a world cup qualifier. Everyone on board died killing what was widely regarded as the country’s most talented generation of footballers. I was only 1 at the time, so don’t have first hand memories of the day, but have grown up to understand the significance of that tragic day. Born from the ashes, a new generation of gifted young stars has risen to take their place at the pinnacle of Zambian football, even winning the African Cup of Nations 2012. This is now their home.

New mixed-use tower going up in Olympia, just behind Mulungushi Conference Centre.

And finally, Great East Road heading east passed the University of Zambia.

End of another great day, more to follow tomorrow.

Stay tuned..

Peace