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The Lantern


Each day that goes by I envision the world as the ocean and I see myself standing on the edge of a cliff on the coastline holding a lantern. It is my belief that if one does not know which port one is sailing, no wind is acceptable and thus I strive to be that light that gives hope and direction to women in my community, country and the world.

Each day that goes by I make sure I learn something new that will open my eyes because though I will get a certification in the degree I am doing now, for me it is not a ticket to the good life instead I think of it as the ticket to change the world.

Although the world is made up of thinkers’, enablers and doers, I see myself as both an enabler and a doer. My personal vision is to be a leader who brings innovation and change to the world through women, but high achievements always take place in the frame work of high expectations and effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.

After all , what is the distance between someone who achieves their goals consistently and those who spend their lives and careers following? The extra mile.

I am one of those people that see challenges and obstacles as frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals and for every situation I try to devise a counter action. As a woman I have come to learn that in a society with many traditional structures, the fastest way to succeed is to look as if you are playing by their rules while quietly playing by your own.

My vision for my community and the world is to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business. In Zimbabwe, the unemployment rate is skyrocketing at approximately 90% and most families are living in abject poverty.

35% of these families are headed by women, however it is said that economic depression cannot be cured by legislative action or executive pronouncement. Economic wounds must be healed by the action of the cells of the economic body that is the producers and consumers themselves (Herbert Hoover). Therefore I may not be able to cure poverty but I can facilitate its eradication by empowering and enabling women to be effective members of the economy and improve their living standards. It is also my vision to bring an end to the silent war that is raging in Zimbabwe and help rape and HIV/AIDS victims to rehabilitate and orphans to find a way forward in their lives and make a difference.

When I saw the question, ‘why do you want to be a voice of our correspondent?’ I said to myself, ‘because I want to put a ding in the universe’

Seriously, right now I feel as though my voice is muffled. When I say something only a few people comprehend and thus my knowledge, ideas and ideals will be inadequately propagated. This is mainly due to the fact that our voices are only heard in closed gatherings, public speaking competitions and in a few motivational stories labeled good reads by friends and family. It is as if an invisible boundary exists between me and the whole country as well as the world.

To be a correspondent even for a single day would be like the opening of the floodgates; no more will my voice be muffled. In my heart there is conviction that my voice is meant to bring hope and inspiration to the world. Through pulsewire, that voice will be ‘Amplified’ and will have a much greater impact that will indeed put a ‘ding’ in the universe. Hope breeds motivation and motivation drives change.

‘Be the change you want to see in the world’ said Ghandi.

Being a correspondent will help me raise awareness, advocate , switch perceptions and mobilize women and bring them to the forefront. By solving the root problems such as ‘economic hurdles’ i drive the wheel of change. Women have the greatest propensity to change for the best and be great leaders.

The extra mile.



susa's picture

a resounding ding!

Dear Kilio,

You write with beautiful imagery that speaks so clearly to who you are and what you want to accomplish. Really, really nice!

This sentence put a smile on my face: "As a woman I have come to learn that in a society with many traditional structures, the fastest way to succeed is to look as if you are playing by their rules while quietly playing by your own." You wise woman, you have learned this lesson early in life and it will serve you well!

I can feel your power and potential expressed through your convictions and wish you great success in all you do.

All the best,

kilio's picture


Dear Susa

Thank you for your coment ,I have noted that women all over the world are facing different challenges in life, most of these challenges center around gender discrimination, religion , tradition and stereotyping to say the least. It is important to know that not all challenges can be solved overnight for the simple reason that peoples perspective cant be switched overnight, but it is a gradual change that is initiated by you.

Every battle that is won always has a strategy and every strategy has a plan and each plan starts somewhere.

Maggs's picture

Am loving the light metaphors

Am loving the light metaphors in week four.

And you my sister have already made your mark with all that you have done so far. But of course the work is not done yet and ding louder you will.


KeMadagascar's picture

Dear Kilio,

You dare and I like that! You dare to speak, you dear to paly in men's courtyard, you dare to write your own words and I love that!

I'm sure you deserve to become a VOF correspondent but, also, keep that in mind: even if you're not selected, we can hear your voice here. Scream outloud, write everyday, there'll be ears and eyes your words can reach...You'll never stand alone again! :)

With friendship,

mvmagellan's picture

Hi Kilio, Your article was a

Hi Kilio,
Your article was a perfect way to begin my day as it has given me energy and motivation to continue to push forward even when times are tough. I like how strongly your writing evokes emotions of love and passion even while you are speaking on issues of poverty and crisis. Keep up the good work!


MaDube's picture

Strong voice and great

Strong voice and great vision!! All the best dear and keep pulling the string so your bell rings louder.

ck's picture

your voice deserves to be heard!

Hi Kilio,

What great goals you have, and a strong voice. Good luck in making them come true!



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